Department of Agriculture Jobs – Attorney Advisor

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Job Description:

The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Departmental and agency legislative affairs staffs to coordinate responses to requests from Congressional committees and member staffs on issues affecting the Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to agencies of the USDA especially on administrative law and natural resources law questions.
  • Serve as liaison between agencies of the USDA and the Department of Justice in litigation concerning USDA programs.
  • Serve as NRED’s liaison on legislative affairs matters, including Congressional requests for technical assistance and legislative drafting as well as interagency review of proposed statutes, regulations, and Congressional reports.
  • Draft and review legal documents, including proposed legislation, regulations, Congressional reports, briefs, deeds, contracts, legal opinions, and agency documents.
  • Represent agencies of the USDA in formal administrative adjudication.
  • Conduct legal research on issues relating to uses of National Forest System lands and on related NEPA, NFMA, and ESA questions.

Job Requirements:

  • Obtain and use a Government issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.
  • Review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Must submit Cover Letter/ Narrative, Resume, Proof of Bar Membership, Law School Transcripts, and Writing Sample.

Qualification & Experience:

  • For consideration, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for attorney positions: Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the America Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) (Law School transcript required); and Currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • GS-11: Meet minimum qualifications, above, and demonstrate: Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Under direction providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state, and local laws; Assisting in writing opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and legal support of agency/organization programs and litigation; Performing other legal services as assigned; Preparing various kinds of legal documents, both for specific case use and for general use under guidance; Ability to conduct legal research to handle cases involving the Department’s programs; Ability to apply legal analysis and use sound legal judgment to find appropriate precedent or distinguish applicable law or facts to support or justify legal positions with advice from senior attorneys.

Job Details:

Company: U.S. Department Of Agriculture

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Washington, DC, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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