Region 5 encompasses the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents Region 5 in federal administrative, judicial and criminal environmental matters against regulated entities as well as in defensive cases within the jurisdiction of Region 5. The primary statutes enforced by the EPA are the Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund); and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Because ORC is organized as a multi-media office, an attorney’s caseload may span the range of statutes EPA enforces and implements and is not limited to one statute, state, or industry. In addition, ORC provides legal advice to the Regional Administrator and other senior managers of Region 5 on all matters relating to their official responsibilities.
Qualified applicants must be J.D. graduates of an accredited law school and be members of a state bar, or 2018 J.D. graduates with bar membership pending. The ideal candidate will be a recently graduated attorney with excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in public service and the mission of EPA. Region 5 has a strong preference that the applicant be able to start in the fall of 2018. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. If you qualify for veterans preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).
Please submit the following information, preferably in pdf format:
A resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, class rank or G.P.A., contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
An unofficial transcript of law school grades (we will request an official version if you are selected).
A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position.
The name, address and telephone numbers of 3 references.
A short writing sample not to exceed ten pages.
Proof of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (or a statement that you are a 2018 J.D. graduate with bar membership pending).
Veterans Preference supporting documents, if applicable.
Additional Salary Information: During the first year, salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $67,638 per year). Judicial clerks may be hired at the GS-12 grade (currently starting at $81,071). Promotion potential is up to the
GS-14 level (currently starting at $113,920). Relocation expenses are not authorized. Federal employment benefits are among the most comprehensive programs available anywhere. Additional information on benefits is available on EPA’s website, at https://www.epa.gov/careers/salaries-and- benefits.
About U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5
Office of Regional Counsel - 77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5
Region 5 encompasses the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents Region 5 in federal administrative, judicial and criminal environmental matters against regulated entities as well as in defensive cases within the jurisdiction of Region 5.