Job Title: Attorney-Advisor General GS-0905-11,12,13Job Announcement Number: SO-OGC-2014-0015
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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/ Per Year
Friday, August 15, 2014 to
Monday, September 15, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Permanent - Excepted Service Appointment -
4 vacancies -
Silver Spring, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified U.S. Citizens or Nationals.
Applicant must be a current third-year law student or graduate law student who will receive his/her degree by June 30, 2015 OR a recent law school graduate who will complete a judicial clerkship or a legal fellowship by on or about October 2, 2015.
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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 www.noaa.gov and www.gc.noaa.gov.
- Occasional Travel
- Overnight domestic travel and may require foreign travel.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Applicant must complete a two-year trial period.
- Applicant must successfully complete a background security investigation.
- Applicant must be registered for Selective Service (males only).
- Applicant must be able to start work by on or about October 5, 2015.
DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Knowledge of or experience working with Federal environment conservation or natural resources laws, similarly complex statutory schemes, as well as laws and regulations governing Federal agencies, such as the Administrative Procedure Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Freedom of Information Act or other generally applicable federal laws, will be favorably considered. Knowledge of or experience working with the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or the Federal Power Act will be favorably considered. Demonstrated interest in issues related to natural resources or the environment will also be favorably considered.
Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Applicants also must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team with clients, other attorneys, and support staff.
Applicants must meet all qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. Please do not apply this position through USAJobs.gov. All documents must be sent by email to: GCHonors.Program2015@noaa.gov
Applicants must be a current third-year law student or graduate law student who will receive his/her degree by June 30, 2015; or a recent law school graduate who will complete a judicial clerkship or a legal fellowship by on or about October 2, 2015.
Significant academic achievement in law school (such as top 20% class rank), graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in law review, will be favorably considered.
Applicants must pass a bar examination and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) within 14 months of entry on duty in Fall 2015.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be evaluated based on the Qualifications described above. Please be advised that NOAA Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures. There are no numerical rating system through which to apply veterans preference; however, the NOAA Office of the General Counsel considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD Form-214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Application is made by sending a cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to Octavia Saine, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, by e-mail. Please copy following address into email: GCHonors.Program2015@noaa.gov
Applications must be emailed by September 15, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
A complete application consists of the following:
Cover Letter, resume and unofficial law school transcript. Please include your GPA and class rank in your resume, if available. Your resume must indicate your citizenship, and whether you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
Please note that prior to receiving a formal offer, you will be asked to submit an official law school transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Applicants will not be notified that their application has been received. Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of NOAA for those subject to further consideration based upon qualifications.