Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
2120 Capitol Ave, Suite 4002
Cheyenne, WY 82001
United States
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 approximately 588,283.  The United States Attorney’s Office employs 16 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), 12 of whom are in the Criminal Division.  Six criminal AUSA's are located in our headquarters office in Cheyenne; three are located in our Casper branch office; three are located in our Lander branch office; and one is located in our Yellowstone National Park branch office.  More information on the District of Wyoming can be found at 

The City of Cheyenne is Wyoming's capital and most populous city in Wyoming and sits as the seat of Laramie County.  Cheyenne is at the crossroads of I-80 and I-25 and is only 90 minutes north of Denver and Denver International Airport, which serves as a major hub for several airlines.  With a population of approximately 62,000, Cheyenne is the northern anchor city of the vibrant Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains.  Wyoming is one of only seven states that has no personal income tax.  The sales tax in Laramie County is 6%.  There is no sales tax on grocery and perscription drug purchases.  The median home price in Laramie County is approximately $240,000.  With an average of 236 days of sunshine per year, we have endles opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including skiiing, biking, hiking, fishing, and hunting.  Popular ski and recreation areas in Wyoming and Colorado are within easy driving distances from Cheyenne.  

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

Job Description: 

The District prosecutes a wide range of federal criminal cases. Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of cases which may consist of drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, white collar crime, immigration offenses, child exploitation matters, and violent crime.  The successful applicant will be primarily tasked with prosecutions involving “Project Safe Neighborhood” (PSN) cases.  PSN is a collaborative approach to public safety with the overarching goal of coordinating federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make Wyoming communities safer.  PSN cases include a variety of violent criminal activity, including firearms offenses, narcotics trafficking, bank robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, and Indian Country crimes. The successful applicant will be responsible for all phases of criminal prosecution to enforce Federal criminal law, including the following: providing guidance to Law Enforcement Officers; initiating criminal charges; conducting grand jury proceedings; handling misdemeanor and felony trials; and assuming responsibility for criminal appeals.

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.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


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 through reciprocity, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The salary range for this position is $61,217 to $105,000 per annum which includes locality pay.
Travel within and outside of the District will be required.
Application Process: 

The application deadline is August 3, 2018.  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 Wyoming; (3) summarize your qualifications to serve as a civil 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 August 3rd, 2018.  (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 August 3rd, 2018.  Hand-carried applications must be dropped off at the Cheyenne, Wyoming office, 2120 Capitol Ave, Suite 4002. 

Internet Sites

This and other attorney vacancy announcements in the Department of Justice can be found at:

The website for the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office can be located at the following link:

Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.    

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month time-limited (temporary) basis to provide sufficient time for the background investigation to be completed and adjudicated and for any negative issues to be addressed.  Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.  Candidates should be aware that a probationary period will likely be required.


The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 3, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 24, 2018

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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 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, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.