Job Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.  DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees.  DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.  

The Bureau of Legal Affairs business attorneys work cooperatively with DEP’s operations bureaus to advance the agency’s mission often achieved through extensive projects for the construction, operation and maintenance of its facilities and infrastructure throughout the City and upstate watershed areas.

DEP seeks to recruit a new or experienced attorney to work in the Business Unit under the Senior Counsel for Infrastructure and Operations. Under general supervision, the selected candidate will handle transactional matters related to supply and service contracts, government-to-government contracts, technology contracts, non-construction related consultant contracts, regulatory site connection matters, and related and general legal research and writing.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

* Draft, review, negotiation, and interpretation of  contracts, licenses, memoranda of understanding, deed restrictions, easements, and other agreements; 

* Interface with DEP bureau and executive staff, consultants, and other government agencies, as well as liaise with the City’s Law Department in connection with procurement matters and other legal issues.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be required for the selected candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to attend meetings, trainings or other similar engagement, on-site and off-site.  The employee may be required to move about on foot or by vehicle to accomplish tasks.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Desk and lap top computers, telephone, copier, scanner, printers, calculator, smart phone and using related Microsoft product software (Word, Access, Excel, etc.).

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.

2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or

3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). 

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:

To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills

* Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, analytical, research, problem solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills.

Additional Information

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success of our outreach recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

For more information about NYCDEP, visit us at: www.nyc.gov/dep       


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the Bureau of Legal Affairs qualifies you as a public service employee, you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time, and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
https: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/r… 

We appreciate your interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

All appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

To Apply

Click on “Apply Now” and submit a resume and cover letter in PDF form.

Please review the City’s Civil Service Exam requirements for full-time employees at
http: www1.nyc.gov/jobs/exams.page


35 Hours Per Week.

Work Location

59-17 Junction Blvd Corona NY 11373

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Recruitment Contact

Recruitment Contact: Grace Pigott

Recruitment Email: recruitdep.nyc.gov

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