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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Attorney-Advisor, Northwest Section
Open Period:
08/23/2016 - 09/06/2016


GS - 0905AA 12/13/14/15
USD $75,925 - USD $160,300
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Excepted Service/Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Seattle, WA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Octavia Saine


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified United States Citizens

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration. The directions for applying to this announcement can be found in the “How to Apply” section. 

Please send your application material only to the email address:
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation’s waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources…all in a day’s work at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)!  Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission:  safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy.  A career that makes a world of difference!  
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

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.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Position may require overnight domestic or foreign travel.


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.  

Qualifications and Evaluations

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  
Key Requirements:
  • Applicant must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Position is in the excepted service
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Applicant must complete a one-year trial period.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Education Requirements:
    Applicants will be evaluated based on the Qualifications described above. Please be advised that NOAA Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service.  As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures.  There is no numerical rating system through which to apply veteran’s preference; however, the NOAA Office of the General Counsel considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation (e.g., the 00-214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
    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.  

    Benefits and Other Info

    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at
    Other Information:
    Relocation or moving expenses will not be reimbursed.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    In the cover letter, please explain in detail how your experience, education, training, activities or awards relate to the qualifications listed above.  Also, please explain why you are interested in working for the NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Northwest Section.  Please include your email address and your day and evening telephone numbers, and indicate the best time to reach you by telephone.

    Application is made by sending a resume and cover letter by e-mail to:

    Applications must be emailed or received by September 6, 2016.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered.  
    Required Documents:
    A complete application consists of the following:

    Resume showing relevant experience and cover letter.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship, and whether you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal Service, please include the grade level for the position(s).

    Education.  Prior to receiving a formal offer, you will be asked to submit an official law school transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.  Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website: You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course-by-course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
    Next Steps:
    Applicants will not be notified that their application has been received.  Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of NOAA for those subject to further consideration based upon qualification.