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Attorney-adviser (general)

Company: Office of the Solicitor
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

SummaryWhat General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?Provide legal counsel and litigation support for the Department and its bureaus, primarily the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is mandated to manage public lands for a variety of multiple uses, such as energy and mineral development, livestock grazing, recreation, wilderness and water uses, wildland fire (suppression, prescribed burns, fire trespass damages), conservation and stewardship. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesAs an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Region, Salt Lake City Regional Office, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, your specific duties will include:The attorney needs to be able to handle all phases of administrative litigation (motion practice, discovery, depositions, and multi-day administrative hearings), and assist the Department of Justice on matters in judicial litigation.Primary areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to:(1) Advising on public land matters, which may include issues involving one or more of the following areas: law enforcement, protection of cultural/historic/archaeological resources, land use planning, realty/title, rights of way, recreation, grazing, wild horse management, energy development and transmission, national monuments, stewardship and conservation of federal lands, mining, mineral development, trespass abatement, fire cost recovery, transportation/off-highway-vehicles, land acquisitions and/or disposal, livestock grazing, water rights, and Freedom of Information Act requests.(2) Analyzing legal requirements and succinctly providing advice and counsel to technical/non-legal professionals. Attorneys will interact and negotiate with outside attorneys from Tribal, State, and local governments.(3) Litigating matters before the Interior Board of Land Appeals, which requires the full suite of motions practice, interactions with opposing counsel, assisting BLM with the preparation of the administrative record and, if necessary, handling all aspects of hearings including witness testimony and cross-examination.(4) Assisting and advising attorneys from the DOJ in judicial litigation involving the interests of BLM. This includes the preparation of the administrative record, assisting with drafting, and serving as a liaison between BLM and DOJ.(5) The attorney will regularly apply statutes including, but not limited to, the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Taylor Grazing Act, Stock Raising Homestead Act, Freedom of Information Act, General Mining Act of 1872, Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Wilderness Act, among others. The attorney will advise on the federal Indian trust responsibility and government to government consultations.Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 14 Job family (Series) 0905 Attorney Similar jobs Attorneys Help 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.More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.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. QualificationsBasic Qualification RequirementsApplicants 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.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 years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;For any of the grade(s) indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:Have a second professional law degree; ORMeet any of the criteria indicated below:academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;graduation with academic honors;significant summer law office clerk experience;significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;significant participation on the law school's law review;graduation with academic honors;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.All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.Education 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.Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .Additional informationOther Information: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.The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit DOI places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.Agency Benefits:Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.SOL has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior's Telework Handbook at Tables for the Salt Lake City area can be found Here. NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Govt are typically hired at the Step 01. Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position.Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness Help Required DocumentsResume - A detailed resume that demonstrates your professional history, education and qualifications. Along with the state in which your active Bar membership is held.Cover Letter - A 1-2 page cover letter which is desired expressing your interest and qualifications for this positionTranscripts - This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.Bar Membership - You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held.Veterans Preference - If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide. Required documents may be: (1) uploaded directly from your desktop; or (2) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. Help BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Keywords: Office of the Solicitor, Salt Lake City , Attorney-adviser (general), Other , Salt Lake City, Utah

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