The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys in the Washington, DC area and in 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 people 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.Learn more about this agency
An extraordinary opportunity is now available to be a part of a team of attorneys with the NOAA Office of the General Counsel’s Natural Resources Section in Silver Spring, MD. The Natural Resources Section provides legal guidance concerning NOAA’s natural resource trustee responsibilities to the Office of Response and Restoration (part of the National Ocean Service) and the Restoration Center (part of the National Marine Fisheries Service). NOAA is a natural resource trustee pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act (CERCLA), the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA). As a natural resource trustee, NOAA is responsible for assessing injuries to NOAA trust resources caused by the release of hazardous substances, the discharge of oil and/or physical impacts (e.g., vessel groundings in national marine sanctuaries) and seeking compensation from parties responsible for those injuries to natural resources. This area of work is significant to NOAA’s mission of conserving and managing coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s environmental needs.
The attorney will be based in Silver Spring, MD. The NOAA General Counsel's Office, Natural Resources Section has 16 attorneys and three support staff, located in Gloucester, MA; Silver Spring, MD; St. Petersburg, FL; Seattle, WA; and Long Beach, CA. For more information, see www.gc.noaa.gov.
Duties include representing NOAA in matters relating to its natural resource trustee responsibilities under CERCLA, OPA, and the NMSA and their implementing regulations and developing damage claims under those authorities. The position involves working with a team of NOAA scientists, natural resource economists and restoration experts to assess the extent of injuries to NOAA trust resources caused by the release of hazardous substances, the discharge of oil and/or physical impacts (within natural marine sanctuaries) and determine the types and amount of restoration necessary to address those injuries. The workload of the attorney may include cases on both coasts of the country, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, assisting in the development of injury assessment work and the planning and implementation of restoration projects including review of documents for OPA, CERCLA, NMSA and NEPA compliance; representing NOAA as a legal advisor at trustee meetings; and assisting with assessment study and restoration project specific legal issues such as chain of custody, document preservation requirements, memoranda of understanding, cost documentation, access agreements, easements, etc. The NOAA attorney would work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, other federal and state natural resource trustees, NGOs, state and industry representatives. The NOAA attorney must take into account U.S. and NOAA policies during the development of the damage claim and the implementation of natural resource restoration. Frequently, overnight travel is required. For more information see www.darrp.noaa.gov.
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