What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.
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Job Grade: 12
Total Openings: 1
As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Alaska Region, Anchorage Regional Office, located in Anchorage, AK your specific duties will include: Providing advice to the Alaska State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on legal matters relating to public land use, land tenure, and land management functions and programs of the BLM. Providing advice to the BLM on laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska Statehood Act, Submerged Lands Act, National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Providing advice to the BLM on specific projects such as the development of land use plans, environmental impact statements, navigability, rights-of-way, and oil and gas proposals. Supporting the BLM’s work associated with Alaska Native allotments, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and the Alaska Statehood Act land conveyances and administrative appeals. Supporting the Department of Justice in judicial litigation related to BLM programs.
In order to better assess your qualifications for this position, when preparing your resume please address your experience in or familiarity with the following subject matter areas and legal authorities: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), navigability, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the National Contingency Plan (NCP), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), state environmental laws, and federal land management statutes, particularly such as the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) National Park Service Organic Act and the Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Act. In addition, please address your experience in or familiarity with the following areas of legal work: researching and writing legal memoranda and opinions, and providing legal advice or recommendations to clients, judges, and/or senior attorneys; litigating in Federal court and preparing litigation documents as needed; evidentiary privileges and e-discovery, including familiarity with technology associated with the electronic search, retrieval, and review of documents; and, familiarity with Microsoft software applications (MS Word, Excel, etc,), Adobe Acrobat, Windows, and email clients. Basic Qualification Requirements Applicants 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 4.5-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation; For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following: have a second professional law degree; OR meet any of the criteria indicated below: Academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class; Graduation with academic honors; Significant participation on the law school’s law review; Significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition; Significant participation in a clinical legal aid program; Significant summer law office clerk experience; or 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. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
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? If selected you may be asked to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. 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. If the Duty Station of the selectee is Anchorage, AK – The selectee will be entitled to a cost of living allowance of 2.48% in addition to the basic salary.