Closing Date: 19th July, 2024

Description:

Summary:
With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of superlative advice and counsel, DOI Solicitor's Office performs the legal work for Interior, and manages the Departmental Ethics Office and Departmental FOIA Office. With more than five hundred total employees, more than four hundred of which are licensed attorneys, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.

Duties:
As an Attorney-Advisor with A Government Entity, Office of Solicitor, Sacramento Field Office, Pacific Southwest Region, located in Sacramento, CA, your specific duties will include:
  • Specific areas of legal work handled by incumbent for the National Park Service include review of NEPA documents and litigation defense of NEPA documents issued by client assisting client with matters relating to compliance with federal environmental regulatory statutes (e.g., RCRA, CWA, SDWA, CERCLA, CAA); advice on law enforcement matters; pertaining to the scope of federal jurisdiction over federal lands; First Amendment and other constitutional matters; land management matters for National Park System units; real estate matters; water law matters; agreements; FOIA and other duties as assigned..
  • Incumbent processes difficult and complex legal assignments to completion and makes final legal decisions, including "on the spot" opinions when participating in conferences, meetings and negotiations with program officials, attorneys, individuals, landowners or federal, state, municipal and corporate officials. The incumbent must recognize and anticipate unusual problems in fields that have no clear legal precedents or in areas where policy has not been clearly defined.
  • Although incumbent is under the supervision of the Supervisory Attorney and the Regional Solicitor, incumbent has broad delegated authority for exercise of independent judgment to make final decisions.
  • Incumbent represents the above-named Interior bureau and presents oral and written statements of facts, legal arguments, and conclusions during administrative contests.
  • Incumbent prepares legal opinions, provides guidance, and approves instruments required for the various programs of the National Park Service as needed.
  • Incumbent provides assistance to the various U.S. Attorney's Offices located in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Trust territories and to the Department of Justice in actions by or against the United States involving the National Park Service offices served by the Pacific Southwest Region. Such assistance includes interpretation of statutes, regulations, documents, assembly, and development of evidence, furnishing of oral and written advice, and preparation of pleadings. Incumbent may make court appearances as co-counsel with DOJ attorneys upon specific prior authorization.
  • Incumbent confers with and provides guidance to the regional and park units served by the Pacific Southwest Region concerning the legality of procedures, conformance of procedures with Departmental or agency policies and regulations, limitations on administrative authority, interpretation and application of federal, state, and local statutes, and legal recourses used by or against the Government in adversary situations.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

GS-12: $96,148 to $124,988

GS-13: $114,332 to $148,636

GS-14: $135,107 to $175,641

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.

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.
  • If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • 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.

Qualifications:
Address any familiarity with the following areas of legal work: researching and writing legal memoranda and opinions and providing legal advice or recommendations to clients, judges, and/or senior attorneys, preferably in matters identified in Responsibilities (above); any familiarity with litigation in Federal Court; or with advocacy in state or federal administrative proceedings; or with preparing transactional agreements and other documents; or with preparing administrative records or discovery; or with advocacy on behalf of utilities.

Address any familiarity with the following areas of law, Indian law, environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act or the National Environmental Policy Act, real property, the Administrative Procedures Act, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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.

This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures.
  • Merit promotion procedures do not apply.
  • This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

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.

GS-12/13/14: In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience for the grade level indicated:
  • To qualify for a GS-12 applicants must possess at least 2-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-13 applicants must possess at least 3-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4.5-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;

For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:
  • have a second professional law degree; OR
  • meet any of the criteria indicated below:
    • academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
    • graduation with academic honors;
    • significant participation on the law school's law review;
    • significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;
    • significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
    • significant summer law office clerk experience; or
    • other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service progr