Thursday, October 16, 2014

Position: Attorney (Environmental), US Postal Service (deadline: Oct. 31, 2014, Washington, DC)

Job Title:ATTORNEY (Environmental)
Agency:U.S. Postal Service
Job Announcement Number:1232142
SALARY RANGE:          $72,000.00 to $153,400.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:            Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:        UA-0905-01
POSITION INFORMATION:      Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:      1 vacancy in the following location: Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:       Applicants must be a US Citizen or have permanent resident alien status. Current career Postal Service employees are ineligible to apply to this posting
SECURITY CLEARANCE:           Not Applicable

Come join the U.S. Postal Service!

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has the following challenging and exciting employment opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced environmental attorney.  The successful candidate will be the lead environmental attorney for the USPS, responsible for providing legal advice to postal executives and environmental professional staff on all aspects of the Postal Service’s nationwide environmental sustainability programs such as facility energy conservation, environmental compliance, and risk management.  In addition, the successful candidate will provide advice to Facilities management on environmental issues that arise in various real estate transactions including developmental projects, leases, sales, and purchases.  The successful candidate will work closely with attorneys handling the real estate transactions.  As lead environmental counsel, the successful candidate will be responsible for advice on environmental laws that are applicable to the USPS such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Occasional Travel
Less than seven nights a year of travel is required
United States Citizenship
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·       Conducts legal research and prepares written material for use in representing the Postal Service and advising postal management officials.
·       Participates in conferences necessary to representing or advising Postal Service officials.
·       Directly advises postal management officials and represents the Postal Service in legal matters involving outside parties.
·       Prepares replies to inquiries from Congress, government agencies, and the public.
·       Prepares opinions, memoranda, decisions, regulations, testimonies, or formal filings in proceedings in which the Postal Service is a party.
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EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:  To be eligible for the Attorney position, you must possess a Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school.

SPECIAL CONDITION:  Qualified applicants must be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:  At least 3 years of experience in legal practice (resolving disputes with regulatory agencies and state and local governments, handling or collaborating on environmental claims in litigation), of which one year of the experience requirement may be met through the completion of a judicial clerkship if completed by the time of hire.  The clerkship must be documented in the applicant's resume.

·       Ability to prepare pretrial briefs, motions, pleadings, responses and other documents to present the issues independently with little or no direct supervision.
·       Ability to provide legal advice and services with respect to regulations, practices, or other legal matters, and formulate opinions involving the analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws.
·       Ability to litigate cases before administrative bodies and federal courts.
·       Ability to communicate orally and in writing to include the ability to negotiate with third parties on behalf of clients and prepare legal documents and presentations.
·       Ability to conduct legal research to gather and interpret information and ensure accuracy of details using resources such as internal and external documents, archives, electronic databases, and interviews.
·       Knowledge of major environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CERCLA, and RCRA, as well as sustainability practices, including matters such as alternative fuel vehicles, recycling and e-waste, and energy efficient buildings.
·       Experience with environmental compliance in transactions and asset management such as environmental due diligence, negotiating environmental provisions in real estate documents, underground storage tank compliance, environmental remediation, hazardous materials management, and storm water management.

Qualified applicant must successfully pass a drug screening.

We will review your resume and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant professional, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position.

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The salary will be based on previous experience and current postal pay policies. We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.


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You will need to apply via our on-line application process at  You will need to create an applicant profile

Once you are on the website, click “Search our latest job postings” OR select “Start your eCareer profile.”  You will have an opportunity to upload any requested documents to your profile.

This is a two-step application process requiring you to create a profile and submit an application for the position you are applying for.

You will receive two email confirmations:

1. An email confirming your profile is complete.
2. After submitting your application you will receive a second email confirming your application has been successfully submitted.


Cover letter, resume and writing sample

United States Postal Service
Phone: (202)268-5627
Agency Information:
United States Postal Service
425 L Enfant Plaza SW
Administrative Operations
Washington, DC

You will be contacted via email on the status of your application.

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