Monday, November 03, 2014

Position: Attorney-Advisor, Dept. of Interior/Office of Solicitor (Deadline: Nov. 4, 2014, Boston, MA)

Job Title:Attorney - Advisor, GS-0905-11/12/13/14, KD-Exc Svc
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:SOL-2015-0001
I.            SALARY RANGE:
$63,386.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
II.          OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Excepted Appointment Permanent - Full-Time
1 vacancy - Newton, MA View Map

United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation
X.           JOB SUMMARY:
With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department's Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.
For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior’s Telework Handbook at
·         Occasional Travel
·         Occasional Travel
·         No
·         Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
·         Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
·         Must be an active member of the bar.
·         Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
·         More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Boston Regional Office, located in Newton, MA your specific duties will include: 
To perform legal work on behalf of two major clients: the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a lesser degree of work for the US Geological Survey. The work comprises three elements: advice work, administrative litigation or determinations, and assistance with judicial litigation handled by the Department of Justice on behalf of the Department. The work covers a wide variety of legal fields. The primary areas of practice for the selectee are expected to include administrative personnel litigation before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and general legal advice on areas of law relevant to our client agencies, particularly including Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Envorinmental Policy Act (NEPA). There is opportunity to work on NRD and FERC matters. All attorneys in the office help with real estate work, administrative tort claims, and general advice work. Frequent topics for advice concern matters involving NEPA, NHPA, and the NPS Organic Act, FOIA requests, appropriations law matters, and Memoranda of Understanding with third parties.

Basic Qualification Requirements
Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees
 AND applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

To qualify at the GS-11, Applicants must also meet one of the following:
--possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience
 following law school graduation; OR
--have a second professional law degree; OR
--meet any of the criteria indicated below:
(a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
(b) graduation with academic honors;
(c) significant participation on the law school’s law review;
(d) significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;
(e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
(f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or
(g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described
 above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience (post JD) for the grade level indicated:
--GS-12 = 1 year
--GS-13 = 2 years
--GS-14 = 3 ½ years

You must meet
 all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position. 
Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. 
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You can review our benefits at:
Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more 
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Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:
1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button.
2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a
 new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.
3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.
4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.
5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.
6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below.
7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the
 USAJOBS helpdesk.

You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held. 
If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.
Required documents may be:
1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")
2) uploaded directly from your desktop
3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:
Kristen Davis
Phone: 703-648-7463
Fax: 703-648-4113
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Office of the Solicitor
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS-601
Reston, VA
Fax: 703-648-4113
We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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