Position: US EPA, Office of General Counsel, Attorney Advisor (deadline: 10/13/2016, Washington, DC)




Agency Contact Information

Many vacancies in the following location:

  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full time – Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/22/2016(7 day(s) ago)

Closes Thursday 10/13/2016(14 day(s) away)

  • Salary Range

    $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year

  • Series & Grade


  • Promotion Potential


  • Supervisory Status


  • Who May Apply

    Any U.S. citizen may apply

  • Control Number


  • Job Announcement Number



About the Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career–we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.

Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA’s statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, D.C.

For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc

These positions are in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status; however, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.


At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Work under the general supervision of the Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, as appropriate, under the guidance of one or more practice group leaders. Receive preliminary and established instructions as to methods of approach, source material available, and Agency policy and precedent.
  • Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.
  • Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before courts.
  • Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.
  • Conduct research of laws, legal opinions, and precedent cases for complex and difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of an extremely complex case.
  • Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
  • Initiate contacts with program officials and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study.

When entering a Federal job at a grade lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work independently, as your career progresses.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements


Applicant must have an LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Pico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. Incumbent must have experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other federal, state or local agencies, or in private practice.

If you are selected, you must complete a one-year trial period.

The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge and relevant experience in administrative and environmental law. A number, but not all, of these positions will focus on work under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and the Toxics Release Inventory provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Please explain any specialized experience working under these statutes in your written statement of interest, if applicable.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as a Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
  • You may be required to travel occasionally

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Additional Information

Environmental Protection Agency


Angela Perkins
Phone: 202-564-0052


Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agnecy
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Fax: 202-564-1773

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