Job Overview


USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Attorneys provide legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.

The primary responsibility of the attorney hired for this position will be written and oral appellate advocacy in Federal court.


As an Attorney Advisor (General), you will be responsible for the following:

•The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, and services to major components of USDA and its agencies; Represents the Departments interests, prepares and argues Government positions, and writes opinions.
•Conducts extensive research to ensure that advice is based on a sound understanding of relevant facts and law.
•Evaluates cases and matters based on law and fact.
•Anticipates significant foreseeable consequences of advice and recommended actions to ensure that decisions made and actions taken are practical, effective, legally sound and supportable.
•Prepares responses to questions and concerns related to difficult legal questions or complex factual issues.
•Recommends final action on many litigation matters. Conducts negotiations with highly skilled and knowledgeable opposing counsel.
•Represents the Department and its agencies in judicial proceedings in matters involving major programs or mission areas.

These duties are described at the FPL GS-14, the GS-13 is developmental leading to such performance.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 2-3 times per year

Relocation Authorized

  • No