The Environmental Defense Section (“EDS” or “Section”) represents the United States in complex civil litigation arising under a broad range of environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. EDS is the only section in the Environment Division that routinely handles cases in both federal circuit and district courts. EDS defends rules and permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies under the pollution control laws, and defends the United States against claims of liability for costs of response actions at Superfund sites, federally‑owned facilities and private sites. Although most of the Section’s docket involves defensive cases, the Section also brings enforcement actions against those who fill wetlands and other regulated waters in violation of the Clean Water Act.
The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for vacancies in its Environmental Defense Section in Washington, D.C.
Primary duties include defending regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and representing federal agencies in disputes under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") and other pollution control statutes. Work assignments will include handling all aspects of defensive litigation, including pre-trial and discovery tasks involving document reviews and document productions, preparation and filing of dispositive motions, drafting merits briefs, taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions, presenting oral argument in court, and negotiating settlements.
For more information about the Environmental Defense Section, visit /http://www.justice.gov/enrd/environmental-defense-section.
The Section's docket is demanding and requires top caliber work product. 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) and be a U.S. citizen or national. Must also have relevant civil/environmental litigation experience. The ideal candidate should possess an excellent academic record and strong analytical, writing, and advocacy skills. The ideal candidate should also have a comprehensive understanding of environmental law and federal civil procedure, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Specific grade level requirements:
- At least 3 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-13 grade level.
- At least 4 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-14 grade level.
- At least 5 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-15 grade level.
YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the experience requirement. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Applicants must email the (1) resume; (2) short writing sample from an advocacy piece (5-10 pages); (3) law school transcript; (4) cover letter of not more than two pages highlighting relevant litigation, environmental law, and legal writing experience and any other factors that you believe would be a good fit for EDS' litigation practice; (5) OF-306 declaration for federal employment - https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf); and (6) DD-214 (if applicable) to:
Subject Line: ENRD-18-021-EXC
No telephone calls, please. You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.
This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the Internet at: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.html.