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A view of Mount St. Helen's crater from above.  Courtesy of Jeff Bank (DOJ/ENRD/EO).
Attorneys enforce civil and criminal environmental laws, defend the United States against environmental challenges to government programs and activities, and represent the United States in matters concerning the protection, use and development of the nation’s natural resources and public lands.

Attorneys in the Environment and Natural Resources Division can expect to become intimately and immediately involved in a wide variety of environmental litigation, personally handle settlement negotiations, travel across the country taking depositions and negotiating consent decrees, and assist senior attorneys in major cases.

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Specialized programs have been developed to acquaint new employees with the Division and their work in environmental law. These programs include both individual and group orientation sessions, luncheon presentations by senior managers, section retreats, and seminars on a variety of topics, relating both to legal practice generally and to particular substantive areas of the laws we enforce. In addition, the Division regularly sponsors nationwide seminars on environmental and natural resources law topics.

Entry Level Attorneys

The Attorney General’s Honors Program is Justice’s competitive, centralized recruitment program that is the only way for new attorneys (i.e., third-year law students and students who enter judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation) to enter Justice in an attorney position.

After 24 years as an attorney with ENRD, I can say with a great deal of pride that I still love my job. Each of us has the special opportunity to ensure that individuals and companies throughout the country comply with all the laws that have been enacted to protect our nation's environment.

Daniel Dooher, Attorney Environmental Crimes Section


Closing Job Summary Agency Location Salary
5/20/2015 Trial Attorney
Attorneys in the Environmental Crimes Section prosecute complex, white-collar crime cases (including fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, etc.) against individuals and corporations that violate laws designed to prevent pollution of the environment and destruction of the world's critical natural resources. The Section is at the forefront of the changing industry practice and raising public awareness that environment crimes are substantial crimes, which left unchecked threaten human health and the environment. Section attorneys handle all aspects of investigative and litigative work, from advising agencies on long-term, undercover investigations to grand jury presentations, discovery, motions practice and trial, and work with AUSAs in all 94 U.S. judicial districts. In pursuit of it's mission to protect our air, water, soil and threatened and endangered species, the Section works closely with criminal investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries Enforcement, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs, and Inspectors General from many additional agencies. Attorneys from the Section are additionally engaged in capacity building to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes both domestically and internationally. ...[more]
Vacancy Ann. #:ENRD-15-036-EXC
Who May Apply:Public
Pay Plan:GS-0905-14/15
Appointment Term:Permanent
Job Status:Full-Time
Opening Date:4/29/2015
Salary:$107,325.00 to $158,700.00 / Per Year
Offices, Boards and Divisions US-DC-Washington $107,325.00

Last Updated: April 2015