The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for its Natural Resources Section in Washington, DC. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The Natural Resources Section litigates cases arising from more than 80 different natural and cultural resource statutes, environmental statutes, and numerous treaties, international agreements, interstate compacts and congressional referrals. The diverse and dynamic subject matter of the Sections docket includes cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the National Trails System Act. The Sections cases, many of them of first impression and significant media interest, involve the stewardship of our national parks, forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, and offshore resources; the Nations trust relationship with Native Americans and Tribes; and vital federal programs ranging from nuclear materials management to military preparedness to energy policy and resource extraction.
For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Departments web site at: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/.
The attorneys selected will handle cases involving novel and complex issues associated with the interpretation of statutes, treaties, regulations and executive orders relating to federal programs and the stewardship of the Nation's natural resource, as determined by the Section's needs. The cases handled by the Section require attorneys to achieve intellectual command of complicated facts, scientific principles, and legal issues, often rapidly. Successful candidates will demonstrate an aptitude and desire for primary responsibilities in sophisticated litigation, proficiency in working with a wide range of experts, and the ability to harness leading edge technology and litigation support in the preparation of cases. Creative thinking and considerable talent in problem-solving -- whether in a litigation or settlement context -- are indispensable.
Term of Appointment: Initial appointment to this position is for a period not to exceed two years. Selected attorneys who perform successfully will be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment without further competition. Selected attorneys are eligible for employment benefits such as health and life insurance, the FERS retirement program, paid vacation and sick leave, and a public transportation subsidy.
The Section's docket is demanding and requires top caliber work products. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of complex case management, initiative and creativity, strong courtroom skills, outstanding legal writing, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least five years of post-J.D. experience, and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants should have a strong interest in federal litigation and/or trial work and an exceptional academic background. Judicial clerkship experience and familiarity with defensive civil litigation is highly desirable and knowledge of natural resource management, trusts, or Indian law is a plus. Applicants must demonstrate superior research, analytical, and writing abilities.
Applications must be received by August 1, 2014.
Applicants must email a current resume, cover letter, writing sample, and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (found at this link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OF0306.pdf) to:
Lisa Lynne Russell, Chief, Natural Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice.
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NOTE: If you previously submitted an application to the Natural Resources Section for Attorney Vacancy Announcement Number ENRD-14-013-EXC, you need not submit an application for this vacancy announcement.