Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Position: Environmental Attorney in Maritime Administration (DOT) (Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013, but note funky restriction)

Also from  Note the deadline (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013), but funky qusalification:  "This vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 200th application." Can't tell whether that limit already reached.

Job Title:Trial Attorney (Environmental), GS-905-12/13/14 (EXCEPTED SERVICE) DB
Department:Department Of Transportation
Agency:Maritime Administration
Job Announcement Number:MARAD.HQ-2013-0037


$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. Please note that this position is in the Excepted Service. For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities


The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

This vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 200th application.
The Maritime Administration is seeking a trial attorney in the Division of Litigation and General Law, Office of the Chief Counsel, to provide advice and representation on a wide range of Federal environmental law issues. You will provide planning guidance with respect to the environmental implications of the Maritime Administration’s various programs, including, but not limited to, vessel operations and disposals, fleet site operations, and the operations of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, as well as environmental policy guidance with respect to international, Federal, state, and local environmental laws affecting the maritime industry.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned environmental law attorney with the ability to analyze and interpret complex Federal, state and local laws and regulations and present written and oral legal analyses and conclusions of law, with significant experience in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • Writing sample is required


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As a Trial Attorney: you will
  • Provide advice and representation on a wide range of Federal Environmental law issues.
  • Provide environmental policy guidance with respect to international, Federal, state, and local environmental laws affecting the maritime industry.
  • Act as Maritime Administration counsel to the Department of Justice in proceeding before the Federal courts relating to the activities of the Maritime Administration, particularly where such proceedings involve law issues.
  • Serve as the initial point of legal contact, legal coordinator, and legal clearing senior staff attorney for the Office of the Chief Counsel with respect to environmental law issues involving the Office of the Secretary, other modal administrations, and other Federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Analyze and keep abreast of pending legislation and regulations relating to environmental issues affecting the maritime industry.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
LEVELTo qualify for the following grades, you must at least have the following level of experience or equivalent:
  • Experience researching facts, statutes, regulations, policies and case law, and composing papers presenting facts, analysis, and conclusions with reference to environmental law.
  • Experience providing advice and representation on a full range of environmental law issues relating to government programs with moderate expertise with regards to NEPA, the Clean Water Act and CERCLA.
  • Experience working on a wide range of legal concepts, principles and practices; developing and presenting written and oral in writing a legal analyses and conclusions of law; and analyzing and interpreting complex statutory framework with significant expertise in NEPA, the Clean Water Act and CERCLA.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT and GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE: Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position are subject to a two-year trial period.


BASIS FOR RATING: For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Entering "See Resume" or other non-responsive answers to the request for narrative information may lead to your disqualification from consideration.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series or SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
  • Writing Sample: For this position, a writing sample is required to be submitted to support your application.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligibility, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive(NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying , etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category.)
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in disqualification.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will then be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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