Job Overview


About the Agency

An extraordinary opportunity is available to start your legal career in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of the General Counsel's Attorney Honors Program beginning in Fall 2015. The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and six regional sections. The Office provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species, preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites.

NOAA is a premier environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 individuals nationwide. The agency’s mission is to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the earth’s environment to meet the Nation’s economic, social and environmental needs. For more information see and


As an Attorney-Advisor in the Attorney Honors Program, you will work closely with experienced scientists and other program specialists on a variety of cutting-edge issues relating to the management and conservation of natural resources. This position requires interaction with other NOAA General Counsel Office attorneys, scientists, policy makers and technical staff, Department of Commerce officials, other Federal and state agency officials, members of the regulated community, and representatives of public interest organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in prosecuting and defending NOAA cases brought under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Oil Pollution Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and other similar laws. The work involves complex and challenging issues on important matters.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight domestic travel and may require foreign travel.

Relocation Authorized

  • No