Thursday, February 6, 2014

Trial Attorney - US Dep't of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division (Washington, D.C.)


Washington, DC
Application Deadline: 03/04/2014

Date Posted: 02/05/2014
Schedule Type: Full Time
Practice Areas: Criminal Law/Death Penalty, Environmental, Government/Regulatory Affairs, Litigation

Job Description

About the Office: The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced litigator for its Environmental Crimes Section in Washington, D.C.
Attorneys in the Environmental Crimes Section prosecute complex, white-collar crime cases (including fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, etc.) against individuals and corporations that violate laws designed to prevent pollution of the environment and destruction of the world's critical natural resources. The Section is at the forefront of changing industry practice and raising public awareness that environmental crimes are substantial crimes, which left unchecked threaten human health and the environment. Section attorneys handle all aspects of investigative and litigative work, from advising agencies on long-term, undercover investigations to grand jury presentations, discovery, motions practice and trial, and work with AUSAs in all 94 U.S. judicial districts. In pursuit of its mission to protect our air, water, soil and threatened and endangered species, the Section works closely with criminal investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries Enforcement, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs, and Inspectors General from many additional agencies. Attorneys from the Section are additionally engaged in capacity building to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes both domestically and internationally.
For more information about the work of the Environmental Crimes Section, visit the Justice Department's web site at:
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: Consistent with the Section's practice, the individuals selected will be responsible for handling a range of matters, including some of the most complex cases handled by the Section. This position will allow the individual to utilize his or her superior legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills in all aspects of investigation, negotiation, motions practice and trial.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience, and be a U.S. citizen or National. Prior experience as a Federal, State or Local prosecutor or defender is a plus, although not required. A solid litigation record is required. The ideal candidate will possess not only the requisite litigation experience, but additionally an interest in environmental protection and enforcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated: You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
Travel: The individual hired should expect substantial travel.


Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-14 ($106,263 – $138,136) and GS-15 ($124,995 - $157,100).

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter highlighting relevant experience and salary history, and writing sample and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (Click on the link below to obtain the OF-306) to:

     Attn: Deborah L. Harris (USDOJ, ECS)
     Email applications only, please, to ATTYAPPLY-ECS.ENRD@USDOJ.GOV
No telephone calls, please.
What To Expect Next: Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.