Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Position: Enforcement Section Attorney, USDOJ, Environment Division (Deadline: Feb. 26, 2013)

Also from  Position in the enforcement section of the ENRD.  EES is the largest litigating section in ENRD.

Job Title:Trial Attorney
Department:Department Of Justice
Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:ENRD-13-006-EXC


$74,872.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 Years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


United States Citizens and Nationals


About the Office: The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for its Environmental Enforcement Section ("EES" or "Section") in Washington, DC.

The Environmental Enforcement Section brings civil enforcement cases on behalf of its client agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense. These cases seek control of pollution and cleanup of hazardous waste sites across the country. The statutes enforced by the Section include the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (also known as Superfund), RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. In the hazardous waste area, cases are brought under the Superfund statute for the purpose of protecting the public health and ensuring that the responsible parties, rather than the public, bear the burden of paying for the cleanup of the sites. Cases brought under the regulatory statutes seek generally to require defendants to come into compliance with the law through the imposition of injunctive relief and to discourage non-compliance by others through the recovery of civil penalties. The Section includes nearly half of the Division's attorneys.
For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department's web site at:
One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.


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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The breadth of the Section’s practice is extensive and challenging. It includes cases of national scope, such as cases against multiple members of an identified industry, to obtain broad compliance with environmental laws. The cases are also frequently high profile and attract significant media interest. The Section’s cases are tried in federal court throughout the United States and its possessions and territories. Characterized as complex litigation, the Section’s cases typically involve significant factual and expert discovery and substantial motions practice in the pre-trial stage. The attorney selected will be assigned to one of six litigating groups in the Section and will be responsible for assuming a diverse case load brought under any of the statutes set forth above. Attorneys may be expected to handle part of their case load independently while also participating as a member of a larger trial team in the most complex cases.
We place a high value on diversity of background, experience, and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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Qualifications: 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, superb 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 two years of post-J.D. experience, and be a U.S. Citizen or National. 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. Applicants must demonstrate superior research, analytical, and writing abilities.

Travel: Periodic travel is required.

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range per annum is:
GS-12 ($74,872.00 - $97,333.00)
GS-13 ($89,033.00 - $115,742.00)
GS-14 ($105,211.00 - $136,771.00)
GS-15 ($123,758.00 - $155,500.00)

Terms of Appointment: Initial appointment to this position is for a period not-to-exceed two years. This position may or may not be extended or made permanent without further competition. Selected attorneys who perform successfully will be eligible for conversation to a permanent appointment.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to position requirements. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


Internet Sites: For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department's web site at:
This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the Internet at:

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. 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. 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.

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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are 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.
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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.


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Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 26, 2013.


Applicants must submit a current resume and a writing sample to:
By Mail:
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Environmental Enforcement Section
P.O. Box 7611
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7611
Attn: Jennifer Lukas-Jackson
Senior Attorney
By FedEx:
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Environmental Enforcement Section
601 D Street, NW, PH 6201
Washington, DC 20004
Attention: Jennifer Lukas-Jackson
Senior Attorney
By Email:

No telephone calls, please.


Jennifer Lukas-Jackson
Phone: (202)353-2462
Agency Information:
US DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division
PO Box 7611
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.


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