Attorney Advisor

Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Real Estate and Environmental Law Branch
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
United States
About the Office: 

The primary mission of the Real Estate and Environment Law Branch  (REEL) is to handle a number of specialized legal issues of the Bureau including, but not limited to: (1) real property acquisition issues involving surface, mineral, and water rights, acquired through voluntary purchase, donation, transfer from other federal agencies, and condemnation; (2) real property management and disposal issues such as rights of entry, leases, permits and easements, use of Bureau property by third parties, historic and cultural property issues with SHPOs and Indian tribes, municipal regulatory actions and territorial annexation, and acquisition of constitutional jurisdiction; (3) full range of environmental issues for the Bureau regarding all applicable environmental laws/regulations/ and permitting requirements pursuant to the CAA, CWA, RCRA, NEPA, ESA, CERCLA, and others, including inspections by federal and state environmental regulators, responses to Notices of Violations (NOVs) and other asserted non-compliance or permit violation notices, proposed penalties, responses to environmental spills, leaks, or discharges, and sewage and water quality issues; and (4) OSHA inspections and compliance matters, including responses to Notices of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions and Requests to Investigate.

Job Description: 

The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with Central Office, regional, and institution management and line staff with respect to real estate and environmental law matters listed above.


Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. 
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in environmental regulatory matters, OSHA compliance, appearances before administrative regulatory bodies, real estate acquisitions, Federal real and personal property management, the Administrative Procedure Act, and litigation related thereto; and demonstrated negotiation skills is highly desired.

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-13 ($92,145 to $119,794); GS-14 ($108,887 to $141,555); or GS-15 ($128,082 to $160,300).
Some travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, writing sample, and list of legal references by September 6, 2016, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of General Counsel
Real Estate and Environmental Law Branch
320 First Street, NW, Room 900
Attention:  Jeffrey Limjoco, Associate General Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than September, 2016.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated August 24, 2016

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