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USAO District of Idaho
Hiring Office
Boise, Idaho
Job ID
1290 W. Myrtle Street, Ste. 500
Boise, ID 83702 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) represents the United States in criminal and civil actions in federal district court throughout the state of Idaho.  It has offices in Boise, Pocatello, and Coeur d’Alene.  The Civil Division has six attorneys, and the Criminal Division has 23 attorneys.  

This vacancy for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) is located in Boise.   

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 has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) dedicated to the enforcement of civil rights.  This new position will protect the civil rights and constitutional rights of all persons in the District of Idaho through criminal prosecution, civil enforcement, and community outreach.  The criminal component of this position will involve prosecuting civil right crimes in federal court, including but not limited to hate crimes and excessive force violations by law enforcement.  The civil component of this position will involve enforcing civil rights through civil litigation, including but not limited to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discrimination in connection with housing through the Enforcement of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The community outreach component will include meeting with community stakeholders and law enforcement.  This outreach will build important bridges between law enforcement and vulnerable members of our society and provide information and resources to enhance civil rights enforcement.  

The successful applicant must be able to work both independently and in a team setting, collaborate effectively with our law enforcement partners, have a passion for civil rights enforcement, and possess the judgment, skill, and initiative necessary to succeed as part of a fast-paced and aggressive investigation and litigation team.  An ideal applicant will have a background or experience in one or more of the following areas:  civil rights, criminal prosecution, investigations, or civil litigation. 

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with e-discovery and e-litigation platforms, electronic court filing, and e-mail and word processing systems. 


Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least one year post‑J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Ideally, an applicant will have:

  • At least 1 year of relevant post-JD legal experience (e.g., civil rights, criminal prosecution, investigations, or civil litigation).
  • Experience as a federal or state law clerk.
  • A record of academic excellence.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • A strong desire to practice in Idaho.

In addition, the ideal applicant will demonstrate superior written and oral communications skills, superior research skills, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others, including support staff, peers, and supervisors.

Application Process

Applicants must apply through USAJobs. com

Interested persons should send an original, signed cover letter; detailed resume; writing sample (ideally, edited solely by the applicant and 7-20 pages in length, with substantive legal analysis), and two references who may be called at any time during the hiring process.  The signed cover letter should state why the applicant wants to work in the District of Idaho.                     


$69,107 to $180,756 which includes 16.50% locality.

Number of Positions
One. However, depending on the needs of the office, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Travel is required both within and outside the District of Idaho.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be 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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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.

Updated June 16, 2023