Attorney-Advisor, Northwest Section
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Agency Contact Information
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)
Who May Apply
All qualified United States Citizens
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About the Agency
The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and 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.
A strong applicant for this position would have experience with regulations, permits, and policies relating to the management and conservation of marine resources, especially sustainable fisheries management, and would be comfortable participating in internal, external, and public meetings. The work also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in defending NOAA in litigation, especially cases brought under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and other similar laws, as well as laws generally applicable to federal agencies such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and 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 work effectively in a team with clients, other attorneys and support staff.
An extraordinary opportunity is now available with the NOAA Office of the General Counsel’s Northwest Section, Seattle, Washington. The Northwest Section provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries.) NOAA Fisheries is one of the agency’s largest program offices and it works to ensure productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems. With regard to fisheries, NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils, using the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act as the guide, to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch.
As an attorney-advisor, you will work closely with experienced biologists and fishery managers in, among other things, developing and reviewing regulations, permits, and policies relating to the management and conservation of marine resources, especially sustainable fisheries management. This position requires interaction with other NOAA General Counsel Office attorneys, scientists, policy makers and technical staff, the regional Fishery Management Council, Department of Commerce officials, other Federal and state agency officials, members of the regulated community, and representatives of public interest organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in defending NOAA cases brought under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, ESA, MMPA, and other similar laws. The work involves complex and challenging issues on important matters. The incumbent for this position reports to the Section Chief, Northwest Section of NOAA’s Office of General Counsel.
- Occasional Travel
- Position may require overnight domestic or foreign travel.
- 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 Regulatory Flexibility Act, Freedom of Information Act or other generally applicable federal laws.
Knowledge of or experience working with the Magnuson-Stevens Act in particular as well as the ESA, MMPA, and the Federal Power Act will be favorably considered. Demonstrated interest in issues related to natural resources or the environment, especially fisheries management, will also be favorably considered.
Significant academic achievement in law school (such as graduation in top third of the class, graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in moot court or laws review) or experience practicing environmental law will be favorably considered. Experience in civil litigation and experience working with Federal, State, Tribal, and Territorial governments on resource conservation programs and issues will also receive favorable consideration.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree 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 requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Please do not apply to this position through USAJobs. All documents must be sent to GCNorthwest.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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