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US Environmental Protection Agency


Mid Level

Denver, CO, USA

$70.883 - $92.153

05 Oct → 04 Nov


Job Description

This position is in Region 8, Office of Regional Counsel, Legal Enforcement Branch, Regulatory Enforcement Section.

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

About Region 8:

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. NOTE: Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level.

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel less than 1% of each month.

This position is designated as Moderate 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.

Current Bar membership in good standing/law license is required. You must self-certify annually and in writing that you hold an active bar membership.

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.

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, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA. You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar.

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.

Region 8’s Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and service in the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization and to receive extensive training in, and exposure to, environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 8 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, including the opportunity to handle a varied enforcement caseload. Extensive training and mentoring for the Fellow will be provided by dedicated attorney colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel is responsible for developing and prosecuting administrative, judicial, and criminal cases against alleged violators of federal environmental laws. In addition to bringing enforcement actions, the office defends agency actions and provides advice on the legal sufficiency of permits, program delegations to the states, grants, Freedom of Information Act issues, general law issues, administrative law issues, and ethics. The Office of Regional Counsel also provides legal interpretations and support for the implementation of statutes under EPA’s jurisdiction and the Agency’s regulations.

If you have questions about this position, contact Amy Swanson at

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications and then may be subject to additional assessments.

EPA considers veterans’ preference as a positive factor. Applicants who have veterans’ preference are encouraged to include their information in their cover letters or resumes and attach supporting documentation to substantiate their preference.

Excepted service positions are not covered by regular civil service hiring procedures.

Documents to be submitted online:
NOTE: You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.

  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the position in Region 8 and explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position. Include written statement describing strong interest in practicing environmental law and in public service, and in particular describing why applicant wants to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8.
  • Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
  • Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
  • Copy of active bar membership/license.
  • Law school transcripts (unofficial).
  • Brief Writing sample.
  • Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable) - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable (see page 2 of the SF-15 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of the DD-214 and VA letter); active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
  • Name, address, and telephone number of three references, including a current or former employer. If no current employer, please provide the name, address and telephone number of a law school professor

To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS

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.

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy and/or applicable collective bargaining agreement which may not allow for full-time telework. NOTE: The agency is currently utilizing maximum telework flexibilities due to COVID. Once normal operations resume, you will be required to report to the location stated in this announcement.

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.

A 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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation, and provide policy recommendations
  • Participate in civil administrative and/or judicial litigation activities
  • Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register Notices
  • Perform negotiation, informal dispute resolution, and assist with Region representational work in enforcement and other matters in both administrative and judicial forums
  • Perform specialized team-work, including on Freedom of Information Act requests, records management and other government information law matters
  • Work closely alongside others with different viewpoints and social identities from your own (including race, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and genetic information).

Requirements / Qualifications

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

  • You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

  • Up to three years post-law school paid and/or unpaid legal and/or public service experience in some combination of litigation (civil, criminal, or commercial), judicial clerkship, providing legal advice to agencies or clients in private practice; drafting or reviewing legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other legal documents; interacting with clients, other attorneys, investigators, prosecutors, agency representatives, or other stakeholders in performing their legal functions.

  • The candidate must have exceptional written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage a busy case docket, and a strong interest in practicing environmental law, public service, and EPA’s mission of protecting public health and the environment.

  • A J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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