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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Wyoming
Hiring Office
Yellowstone National Park
Job ID
Yellowstone Justice Center
Mammoth, WY 82190 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

The District of Wyoming encompasses a large and diverse geographical area of 97,914 square miles and a relatively small population of about 560,000.  The United States Attorney’s Office employs 17 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), including four managing attorneys. Six criminal AUSAs are located in our headquarters office in Cheyenne, three are located in our Casper branch office, two are located in our Lander branch office, and one is located in our Yellowstone National Park office.  More information on the District of Wyoming can be found at 

Additional information on the State of Wyoming’s outdoor and cultural attractions can be found on the Internet at the following website:   

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The District prosecutes the full range of federal criminal cases. Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of cases including drugs, human trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, white collar, immigration, child exploitation, mortgage fraud, crimes in Indian Country and general crime.

The successful applicant’s primary responsibilities will include the prosecution of petty offenses that occur in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  This position requires management of a large caseload of petty offenses in a small branch office located in Yellowstone National Park.  Responsibilities will include providing guidance and training to Park Rangers and screening cases for referral for felony prosecution.  This position may also include occasional civil case assignments.       

Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney. Working in the Criminal Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal laws that protect life, liberty and property. 


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. attorney experience.  If the successful candidate is not a member of the Wyoming State Bar and is not eligible to become a member of the Bar upon motion or transfer of UBE score, he or she will be expected to favorably complete the Wyoming Bar Examination at the next available opportunity.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should possess superior oral and written communication skills and should demonstrate incisive analytical ability, excellent judgment and effective trial advocacy.  Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

United States Citizenship is required.

Application Process

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time, on December 19, 2022.  Please provide a detailed resume, list of references, writing sample and cover letter for our consideration.  Your resume should clearly indicate periods of employment, with reference to the full date, e.g., June 12, 1997 to May 5, 2002.  Your cover letter should: (1) indicate why you are interested in this position; (2) explain the extent to which you are familiar with Cheyenne and the Rocky Mountain region; (3) summarize your qualifications to serve as a criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney; (4) indicate the vacancy announcement number under which you are applying; and (5) address how you plan to become a member of the Wyoming State Bar if you are not already a member.  Please send your application to:

Jonell Christianson, Human Resources Specialist
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming
Post Office Box 668, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003-0668

Applications may also be emailed to

Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later 11:59pm Mountain Time on December 19, 2022.  (note:  the District of Wyoming cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)

No phone calls please.  

Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Mountain Time on December 19, 2022.  Hand-carried applications must be dropped off at the Cheyenne, Wyoming office, 2120 Capitol Ave, Suite 4002.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.


AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The salary range for this position is $71,142 to $155,361 for FT per annum which includes locality pay.

Number of Positions
Travel within and outside of the District will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  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 must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated November 18, 2022