Overview

Duties

  • Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Support the NASA-wide Office of General Counsel (OGC) legal enterprise as part of the Property and Environmental Law Core Legal Function (PECLF), providing advice on a wide variety of legal issues in support of the PECLF.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on environmental law, including advising on application of applicable state and federal environmental statutes, regulations, and policy on federal property, including on property leased by commercial entities.
  • Furnish legal advice to HQ and agency-wide offices on complex environmental matters, including the need for Environmental Impact Statements, participating in pollution cases, contact with the Environmental Protection Agency and state/local agencies.
  • Directly support environmental matters, and serve as the principal legal counsel in the assessment of requirements related to the development of Agency wide policy on the detection, characterization, delineation, and remediation of PFAS.
  • Furnish legal advice on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, and other environmental statutory authorities.
  • Represent the agency in direct negotiations and discussions with opposing counsel and coordinates with and assists the Department of Justice in administrative and court litigation arising from NASA environmental law matters.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements for all grade levels: Applicant must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from a full course of study at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and have been admitted to practice law before a state or federal court.

You must meet the basic requirement for all grade levels. In addition, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level:

  • Providing advice and guidance related to environmental law to clients, management, or agency officials;
  • Providing litigation support including document production, preparation of administrative record(s), drafting of litigation holds and litigation reports, assisting in research and development of motions, briefs, and defenses and;
  • Interpreting the Administrative Procedure Act and applying it to environmental compliance requirements and agency responsibilities thereunder.

OR

A graduate law degree (e.g., Master of Laws/LL.M.) and 1 year of professional legal experience equivalent to the experience described above.

To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level:

  • Serving as a senior advisor in providing advice and guidance related to environmental law to clients, management, or agency officials;
  • Managing all aspects of matters in litigation including coordinating document production, preparation of administrative record(s), drafting of litigation holds and litigation reports, and overseeing the research and development of motions, briefs, and defenses and;
  • Developing administrative rules and policy to implement requirements associated with environmental compliance.

OR

A graduate law degree (e.g., Master of Laws/LL.M.) and 1 year of professional legal experience equivalent to the experience described above.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

Education

U.S. degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA.

  • Benefits

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    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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

You will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Information Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
  • Technical Competence
  • Environmental/Real Property Law
  • Legal Application Practice

NASA considers 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.

  • Benefits

    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.

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    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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

    A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume
    • Transcript

    While a transcript is the preferred proof of qualifying education, you may submit any of the following items:

    • An unofficial transcript
    • A copy of an official transcript
    • A copy of a degree (i.e. a picture or scan)
    • A list of completed/credited courses that includes, the title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours for each course (i.e., BUAD- 101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours)

    You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.

    There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may have to submit, please verify your application.

    Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.

  • How to Apply

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    To begin the application process, click on the ‘Apply’ link. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the “Include Personal Information” section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify all required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    If you have questions about this announcement, you may contact the agency toll free at the phone number located below. Be advised – application materials faxed, emailed, and/or mailed to NASA Headquarterswill not be accepted for this announcement.

    Agency contact information

    NASA Shared Services Contact Center

    Phone

    1-877-677-2123

    Fax

    1-866-779-6772

    Email

    nssc-contactcenter@mail.nasa.gov

    Address

    NASA Headquarters
    300 E St SW
    Washington, DC 20546
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application package, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Throughout the process you will receive regular status updates through USAJOBS. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the hiring manager.

    If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer. If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing a scheduled appointment, we may rescind a tentative job offer.

    An official, written job offer will be issued once all requirements have been verified.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire

The following documents are required:

  • Resume
  • Transcript

While a transcript is the preferred proof of qualifying education, you may submit any of the following items:

  • An unofficial transcript
  • A copy of an official transcript
  • A copy of a degree (i.e. a picture or scan)
  • A list of completed/credited courses that includes, the title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours for each course (i.e., BUAD- 101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours)

You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.

There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may have to submit, please verify your application.

Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.

Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.