U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE SECTION
EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS/GS-13 TO GS-15
CLOSE: FEBRUARY 29, 2012
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: ENRD-12-006-EXC
The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for anticipated future vacancies in its Environmental Defense Section ("EDS" or Section") in Washington, D.C. EDS represents the United States in complex civil litigation arising under a broad range of pollution control statutes.
Primary duties include representing federal agencies in disputes under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") and other pollution control statutes. Work assignments will include handling all aspects of CERCLA defensive litigation, including pre-trial and discovery tasks involving document reviews and document productions, preparation and filing of dispositive motions, taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions, and negotiating settlements.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must have at least three years of post-J.D., relevant civil/environmental litigation experience, and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction).
The ideal candidate should possess an excellent academic record and strong analytical, writing, and advocacy skills. The ideal candidate should also have a comprehensive understanding of environmental law and federal civil procedure, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Travel is required.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-13 ($89,033 - $115,742), GS-14 ($105,211 - $136,771) and GS-15 ($123,758 - $155,500) per annum.
Initial appointment to this position is for a period not-to-exceed two years. This position may or may not be extended or made permanent without further competition. Selected attorneys who perform successfully will be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Applicants are encouraged to respond on or before Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
Applicants must submit a: (1) resume; (2) short writing sample from an advocacy piece (5-10 pages); (3) law school transcript; and (4) cover letter of not more than two pages highlighting relevant litigation, environmental law, and legal writing experience and any other factors that you believe would be a good fit for EDS' litigation practice to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Environmental Defense Section
P.O. Box 7611
Washington, D.C. 20044
Attn: Cherie L. Rogers, Assistant Chief
No telephone calls, please.
For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the
Justice Department's web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/. This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the Internet at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable
Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism.
The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.
Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach
Richard L. Parker
Special Counsel on
Diversity Recruitment and Outreach
United States Department of Justice
450 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 10200
Washington, DC 20530
Phone: (202) 514-8912
Fax: (202) 514-0713
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