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The incumbent supervises the water law team of the Office of the Solicitor, Pacific Southwest Region, and acts as an expert attorney in the field of water law and related legal fields.
As an Supervisory Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Pacific Southwest, Sacramento Regional Office, located in Sacramento, CA your specific duties will include:
The incumbent supervises the water law team and acts as an expert attorney in the field of water law and related legal fields. The incumbent and the team of attorneys supervised by the incumbent represent the United States, the Secretary of the Interior, and other officials of the Department in legal matters and administrative proceedings involving interests of the Department’s bureaus; advise top officials and program managers within the Department’s bureaus with respect to the impact and interpretation of pending and approved Federal or State legislation or regulations and recent judicial and administrative decisions relating to bureau activities; advise the Secretary and other officials of the Department regarding judicial litigation on matters within assigned areas of responsibility arising out of the various programs and activities under the jurisdiction of the Department’s bureaus; review and prepare litigation reports, draft pleadings, appeal recommendations, settlement proposals, and other documents related to litigation; provide legal advice and counsel during negotiations with other Federal agencies, states, or litigants; and serve as a Departmental legal adviser and author of documents arising out of bureau and agency program activities.
Areas of practice include, but are not limited to water law, natural resources and public land law, environmental law, administrative law, and contracts. Statutes that the incumbent must be familiar with include, but are not limited to, federal Reclamation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Water Act, Act, Energy Policy Act of 2005, California Water Code, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and Federal Advisory Committee Act. The incumbent must also be able to interpret and provide advice related to the various regulations implementing the above statutes, as well as regulations implementing bureau programs, including land and facility use, land acquisition, land exchanges, Reclamation Reform Act, and procurement and financial assistance.
Occasional travel – Average 1-2 nights per month