Attorney-Advisor (General) GS-0905 - 12/13/14/15

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Silver Spring, Maryland
Posted
May 24, 2022
Closes
May 26, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). NOAA Fisheries is one of the agency's largest program offices and it works to ensure productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch.

NOAA Fisheries is also responsible for the conservation, protection, and recovery of endangered and threatened marine species under the Endangered Species Act, and for the conservation, management, and protection of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

As an attorney-advisor, you will work closely with experienced biologists and fishery managers in developing and reviewing regulations, permits, policies, and other agency actions relating to the management and conservation of marine resources. Key laws include the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Northern Pacific Halibut Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Fur Seal Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). 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, tribal representatives and members of Alaska Native organizations, 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 defending NOAA actions challenged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, ESA, MMPA, and other similar laws.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Position is in excepted service.
  • Applicants must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or National to apply for this position.
  • Must complete a 2 year trial period unless a preference eligible veteran.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)


Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. NOAA received notice of reintegration to occur on April 25, 2022. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you will need to follow management's guidelines on the expectation of reporting to the duty station listed on this announcement. You may be eligible to request to telework depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, and be an active member of a state bar OR the bar of the District of Columbia.

This position has an educational requirement. Official Transcripts must be submitted upon selection.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

NOAA seeks attorneys with a comprehensive knowledge of Federal environmental statutes and conservation laws, as well as laws and regulations related to the implementation and oversight of large-scale natural resource restoration projects.

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 manage large projects independently, assimilate large amounts of materials quickly, balance a large and diverse workload, and work effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.

Significant academic achievement in law school (such as top 20% class ranking, graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in moot court or law review) or experience practicing environmental law will be favorably considered.

To qualify at the GS-12 level:

One year of professional legal experience after admission to the bar at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level conducting legal research on matters pertaining to administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice;

OR

LL.M (Master of Laws) with a specialization in administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice.

To qualify at the GS-13 level:

Two years of professional legal experience after admission to the bar; at least one year of which was at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 level in the Federal service conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing discovery, memos, pleadings and motions pertaining to administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice;

OR

One year of professional legal experience conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing discovery, memos, pleadings and motions pertaining to administrative, environmental, marine, cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice; after receiving an LL.M (Master of Laws) with a specialization in a related area of the law.

To qualify at the GS-14 level:

At this level qualified candidates must demonstrate significant experience in the field of administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice; at least one year of which was at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that included:

Experience representing an organization and assuring its compliance with administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practice; and, Experience advising organizations on the application of laws and regulations related to the protection and management of ocean and coastal resources, cultural heritage, or the environment.

To qualify at the GS-15 level:

At this level qualified candidates must demonstrate significant experience in the field of administrative, environmental, marine, and/or cultural heritage law, one full year of which was at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service that included, in a lead capacity:

Experience representing an organization and assuring its compliance with administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage law, or other relevant legal practices;

Experience advising organizations on the application of laws and regulations related to the protection and management of ocean and coastal resources, cultural heritage, or the environment; and

Experience participating in business, operational and strategic decisions, including regulatory and compliance matters as they relate to administrative, environmental, marine, or cultural heritage legal matters.

Additional information

Relocation or moving expenses will not be authorized.

Overnight travel may occasionally be required.

NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.