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    EPA's, Office of General Counsel (OGC) is hiring three Attorney-Advisers. Two will be assigned to the Water Law Office and the third will be assigned to the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office. OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices on Agency rules, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC lawyers also work with attorneys in the Department of Justice to represent the Agency in defensive litigation in the federal courts.

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    Responsibilities

    OGC contains eight law offices including the Water Law Office (WLO) and the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office (PTSLO).  WLO consists of three practice groups that provide legal counsel to EPA Headquarters and regional offices on several federal environmental statutes governing water protection, including the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    One of the two Attorney-Advisers hired for the position located in WLO will work under the supervision of the Associate General Counsel for Water on matters arising under the federal water statutes. The other Attorney-Adviser hired in WLO will work approximately 50% of their time on water law matters, and the other 50% on environmental law matters handled by one other law office in the OGC, to be determined at a later date.

    PTSLO consists of three practice groups that provide legal counsel to the EPA Headquarters and regional offices on several federal environmental statutes governing pesticides, toxic substances, and pollution prevention including the Toxic Substances Act, the Pollution Prevention Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Food Quality Protection Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

    The Attorney-Adviser hired for the position in PTSLO will work under the supervision of the Associate General Counsel for Pesticides and Toxic Substances on matters arising under any of the aforementioned federal statutes governing pesticides, toxic substances, and pollution prevention.

    For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc

    At the entry level of this position, you will:

      • Work under the general supervision of the Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, as appropriate, under the guidance of one or more practice group leaders. Receive preliminary and established instructions as to methods of approach, source material available, and Agency policy and precedent.
      • Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental statutes and other legal issues within the attorney’s areas of responsibility.
      • Act as legal counsel to the EPA and be responsible for representing the EPA in proceedings filed before courts.
      • Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending the EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.
      • Conduct research of laws, legal opinions, and precedent cases for complex and difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of an extremely complex case.
      • Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
      • Initiate contacts with program officials and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be required to travel less than 1 to 5 days per month.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14 - When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

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    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530122500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.