Position: NOAA, Attorney Advisor (General), Office of General Counsel Pacific Island Section (Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016, Honolulu, HI)



Attorney Advisor (General), Office of General Counsel Pacific Islands Section


Agency Contact Information

  • 1 vacancy – Honolulu, HI
Work Schedule is Excepted Service/Full-time – Permanent

Opened Tuesday 8/23/2016(7 day(s) ago)

Closes Tuesday 9/6/2016(7 day(s) away)

  • Salary Range

    $72,540.00 to $155,876.00 / Per Year

  • Series & Grade


  • Promotion Potential


  • Supervisory Status


Job Overview


About the Agency

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys in the Washington, DC area and in six regional sections. The Office provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species; preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites. For more information see www.noaa.gov.

An extraordinary opportunity is now available with the NOAA Office of the General Counsel’s Pacific Islands Section, Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pacific Islands Section provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries.) NOAA Fisheries is one of the agency’s largest program offices and is responsible for implementing Federal laws to manage and conserve marine resources. NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region works with the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) in developing proposals for conserving and managing marine resources and protected marine species in the waters surrounding Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. NOAA Fisheries also works with the WPFMC, the Department of Interior, Department of Defense, the State of Hawaii, and the Pacific Island Territories, in the development of management plans and regulations for the region’s four Marine National Monuments. NOAA Fisheries also provides support to the U.S. Department of State in negotiations involving the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, as well as formulating the U.S. conservation positions at international bodies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The attorney selected for this position would joining the NOAA GC Office, Pacific Islands Section and would provide legal analysis and advice to the Pacific Islands region, WPFMC, and the Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center, in the development of a wide array of regulations, fishery management plans, policies, and programs. The attorney also would work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice in conducting research and developing litigation strategies in cases filed against NOAA Fisheries in federal court. For more information on the Pacific Islands Region, see:http://www.fpir.noaa.gov


The attorney selected for this position will have significant responsibilities advising NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region in its work to conserve and manage living marine resources. Principal duties include: providing legal analysis and written and oral legal advice to NOAA Fisheries, PIFSC, and the WPFMC regarding requirements and responsibilities for managing fisheries, protecting marine species and habitats, and safeguarding the environment under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, National Historic Preservation Act, South Pacific Tuna Act, and other statutes pertaining to domestic and international fisheries and environmental issues.

The position involves working closely with experienced managers, scientists, and program analysts in, among other things, developing and reviewing regulations, permits, and policies. The position requires interaction with other NOAA GC attorneys, policy makers and technical staff, the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Coast Guard, other Federal, State and U.S. Territorial agencies, members of the regulated community, and public interest organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in conducting research and analysis for the development of litigation positions and strategies to defend NOAA Fisheries in cases brought under the above-referenced statutes. The work involves complex and challenging issues on important matters. The position reports to the Chief, Pacific Islands Section, of NOAA’s Office of General Counsel.

Please do not apply to this position through USAJobs. All documentation must be sent to:PacificIslands.vacancy@noaa.govfor further consideration.

NOTE: Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Honolulu, HI is 12.05% and is not federally taxed. The COLA is not reflected in the locality salary shown in this vacancy announcement. COLAs are exempt from Federal income taxes; post differentials are not.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position may require overnight domestic or foreign travel.

Relocation Authorized

  • No
Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Applicant must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Position is in the excepted service
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Applicant must complete a one-year trial period.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.


NOAA seeks attorneys with knowledge of or experience working with federal environmental statutes and conservation laws, as well as laws and regulations governing Federal agencies, including the Administrative Procedure Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Applicants also must demonstrate the ability to manage large projects independently, assimilate large amounts of materials quickly, balance a large and diverse workload, and work effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.

Significant academic achievement in law school (such as graduation in top third of class, graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in moot court or law review) or experience practicing environmental law will be favorably considered. Experience in civil litigation and experience working with Federal, State, and/or Territorial governments on resource conservation programs and issues will also receive favorable consideration.

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, and be an active member of a state bar or the bar of the District of Columbia.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-position/standards/0900/general-attorney-series-0905/

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Department Of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Octavia Saine
Phone: 202-482-4080


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of the General Counsel, 14th & Constitution
Suite 78032

Fax: 202-482-4893

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