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Environmental Protection Agency Law Clerk in Seattle, Washington

Summary This position is in Region 10, Office of the Regional Counsel, Water Law Branch. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 10: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-10-pacific-northwest Responsibilities You will: Provide legal advice, performs legal research, prepares legal documentation, and provides policy recommendations. Participate in litigation activities. Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register notices. Perform negotiation and informal dispute resolution. Support senior attorneys in representing the Region in its dealings with outside parties. Perform other duties as assigned. Requirements Conditions of Employment If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section. This is a temporary position (see Other Information on assignment limits). You must be a U.S. citizen. This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date. Qualifications Although not required, candidates have generally finished law school and have a J.D. and are pending admission to a State bar. Candidates are completing their third year of law school and will obtain a J.D. degree in Spring 2022. In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired:Environmental law or public service as shown through academic courses, internships or otherexperience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. Education Additional Information This position is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency’s workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visitEqual Opportunity Employment at EPA. About the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 10:We seek applicants for a 2-year position beginning approximately August 2021 for our Honors Attorney Fellows program. The program is designed for 2021 law school graduates (Law Clerk announcement #CI-R10-OT-2021-0032) and recent graduates completing judicial clerkships (Attorney Advisor announcement #CI-R10-OT-2021-0031). We encourage applicants with excellent academic credentials, strong research/writing/verbal skills and a demonstrated interest in an environmental law career/public service. The position provides an opportunity to practice law in a leading governmental environmental agency. Fellows will be given challenging cases that include enforcement/counseling work and will receive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. ORC has approximately 35 attorneys who work under a broad range of federal environmental laws. The 2021 Fellow will work in the Water Law Branch on matters under the Clean Water Act (CWA); Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA); Oil Pollution Act (OPA); Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). If you have questions about this position, contact Lisa A. Castañon, Deputy Regional Counsel, Office of Regional Counsel, at castanon.lisa@epa.gov and/or 206-553-0464. This position is in the bargaining unit. EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility. 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, your appointment may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date to a maximum of two years.

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