Attorney - Advisor

Washington, D.C
Oct 07, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

You will:
  • Participate in the preparation of legal memoranda and legal documents for higher graded attorneys involved in administrative and judicial proceedings.
  • Conduct research of laws, legal opinions and cases of moderately difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of a larger complex case.
  • Prepare drafts of pleadings, motions, and interrogatories in connection with cases in litigation.
  • Analyze moderately difficult facts, policy and legal precedents to determine what further steps are needed, and provides recommendations, as requested.
  • Interact with attorneys and administrative staff within the agency. Incumbent has limited contact with the regulated community and public.

One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations).


Conditions of Employment

  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

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 Moderate 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: Up to three years post-law school paid and/or unpaid legal and/or public service experience in some combination of litigation (civil, criminal, or commercial), judicial clerkship, providing legal advice to agencies or clients in private practice; drafting or reviewing legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other legal documents; interacting with clients, other attorneys, investigators, prosecutors, agency representatives, or other stakeholders in performing their legal functions. The candidate must have exceptional written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage a busy case docket, and a strong interest in practicing environmental law, public service, and EPA's mission of protecting public health and the environment.

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 .


A J.D. from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association is required.

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 Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE): The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement manages the enforcement of EPA's national hazardous waste cleanup programs:
  • Superfund (officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act),
  • corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
  • the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and
  • underground storage tanks (UST).

If you have questions about this position, contact Natalie Johnson at and/or (202 564-4196).

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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.