Washington, D.C
Jun 23, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Full Time

You will:

As a Senior Counsel to the Environmental Appeals Board, the incumbent serves as an expert attorney-advisor and principal assistant to the Environmental Appeals Board in its consideration and resolution of permit, enforcement and other administrative appeals under all the major environmental statutes administered by the Agency, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (or Superfund).

At the GS-15 level, the incumbent routinely handles extremely complex matters requiring resolution of difficult legal questions and/or factual disputes. Decisions in matters handled at this level typically have far-reaching impacts on the Agency, private activities and the public interest, and may involve, directly or indirectly, very large sums of money and generate interest nationwide. The impact of the advice and recommendations of the incumbent often shapes Agency litigation and enforcement policies and can have the effect of substantially broadening or restricting the activities of the Agency in administering its statutory responsibilities. Under the administrative supervision of the judges, the incumbent will perform work that includes:
  • Reviewing and analyzing briefs, hearing records and transcripts, and other papers relevant to the particular matter under review.
  • Researching applicable laws, regulations, legal opinions, and Agency guidance bearing on legal issues and analyzing factual and legal issues before the Board.
  • Preparing memoranda or reports to outline facts and legal issues involved in pending matters, analyzing applicable legal precedents and justifying recommendations and conclusions.
  • Preparing draft decision documents setting forth proposed conclusions on the factual and legal issues the Board must resolve.
  • Reviewing proposed administrative consent decrees and providing comments and recommendations to the Board.
  • Assisting in the preparation for, and the conduct of, oral argument and the analysis of the hearing record of such arguments.
  • Assisting in the preparation for, and conduct of, mediation of matters before the Board.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.

Current Bar membership in good standing/law license is required. You must self-certify annually and in writing that you hold an active bar membership.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year trial period.


You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired:
  • Understanding and applying complex statutory and regulatory requirements and procedures; to digest, synthesize, and summarize complex and lengthy administrative records, hearing transcripts and briefs or similar materials; to resolve difficult and often novel factual and legal issues in accordance with applicable statutory, procedural and other legal requirements or precedents; and to communicate effectively complex factual and legal issues orally and in writing.
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong academic and employment record, including evidence of nuanced legal analysis with respect to both statutory construction and applicable case law, excellent research and writing skills, strong communication skills, initiative and self-motivation, the ability to work effectively in a team and independently, sound judgment and the ability to work with diverse persons and perspectives.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA . You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar .

About the Office of Mission of Support:

If you have questions about this position, contact Annette Duncan (202) 233-0122,

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section.