$71,697 - $111,720 yearly
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • May 14, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

2 vacancies in the following location:

Chicago, IL


At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation, and provide policy recommendations.

- Participate in litigation activities.

- Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register notices.

- Perform negotiation and informal dispute resolution.


Conditions of Employment

  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

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.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as High 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.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year trial period.



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.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired: Must demonstrate at least one year of full-time experience defined as federal environmental law and Environmental Justice coordination experience.  Examples of relevant experience include, but are not limited to, working on a variety of matters related to federal environmental law; conducting legal research of factual and policy issues particularly as they relate to Environmental Justice; assisting with review and consultation in providing policy and case-specific advice on environmental law matters to supervisor or lead attorney, senior management, or stakeholders; identifying Environmental Justice concerns; analyzing how EPA’s various regulatory and non-regulatory programs can be applied to address Environmental Justice concerns; and communicating effectively to internal and external stakeholders the historical, social, political, and legal context that drives the continuing need for EPA’s Environmental Justice work.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


Additional information

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.

About the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5: Region 5’s Office of Regional Counsel acts as the principal legal adviser to the Regional Administrator and provides legal opinions, legal counsel and litigation support to all regional program and management divisions and offices. ORC attorneys consult and coordinate with attorneys in OGC, OECA and other ORC offices to ensure consistency in the legal positions being taken across the Agency. R5’s ORC is divided into two branches with four multi-media sections in each branch. R5 ORC  invites talented and diverse attorneys to apply for an Attorney-Adviser position. The position will 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).

If you have questions about this position, contact Leslie Kirby-Miles at or 312-353-9943.

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.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

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.

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.

Required Documents

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 and explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position.
--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) - you are not required to submit transcripts, but it is recommended if you have three years or less of experience.

--Veterans' Preference Documents:

Separated veterans claiming 5-point preference:

  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service) or other official document/statement from the Armed Forces showing separation, discharge, or release from active duty; document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge)

Separated veterans claiming 10-point preference based on compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more:

  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service); document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge); and
  • - VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage); and
  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form) (see page 2 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of the DD-214 and VA letter)

Other separated veterans claiming 10-point preference OR spouses, widows/widowers, or mothers claiming 10-point derived preference:

  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form); and
  • - Other required documentation indicated on the SF-15

Active duty service members:

  • - 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 (Honorable or General Discharge) within 120 days after you submit the certification)

--Name, address, and telephone number of three references, including a current or former employer.

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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.


Opening: 05/13/2021 to 05/26/2021

  • Pay scale & grade

GS 11 - 12

  • Salary

$71,697 to $111,720 per year