NOAA Honors Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of the General Counsel is seeking highly-qualified law school graduates and judicial law clerks for its Honors Program. Entry-level attorney positions are available in the Washington, D.C., area and six regional offices in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. Approximately two to four positions are available annually nationwide.

Attorneys in the Honors Program will work with seasoned attorneys and independently on a wide variety of assignments, such as:

  • Working with NOAA scientists on regulations governing commercial and recreational fisheries; protecting marine species, such as whales, dolphins, and turtles and their habitat; and preserving national marine sanctuaries.
  • Working with the Justice Department to defend cases brought in federal court challenging NOAA regulatory programs under important natural resources statutes, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Bringing administrative enforcement actions to ensure compliance with the federal fishery laws and to protect marine species, such as whales, dolphins and turtles, and their habitat.
  • Developing cases seeking to recover for damages to the nation’s natural resources from spills of oil and hazardous substances.
  • Addressing complex international legal issues related to oceans, shipping, fisheries, marine pollution, aquatic invasive species, and marine scientific research.
  • Working with NOAA scientists to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment
  • Addressing the legal needs of the National Weather Service, and the NOAA satellite programs that provide environmental data to support it.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript by September 15, 2014. Full details and job posting are available here.

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