Los Alamos National Laboratory Environment, Safety and Health Attorney (Attorney 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do The position is located in Los Alamos, NM.
This position will be filled at either the Attorney 2 or Attorney 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Attorney 2 ($101,000 - $168,600)
Los Alamos National Laboratory has an exciting opportunity for an experienced environmental attorney to provide legal advice and counsel on a wide range of interesting, often unique, environmental compliance, litigation and other matters. Reporting to the Associate General Counsel for Environment, Safety and Health in the Laboratory’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), the following are key responsibilities of this position:
Provide legal advice and counsel to Laboratory management and employees on environmental law matters, including compliance, permitting, enforcement actions and litigation matters.
Draft and/or review of legal documents, including regulatory deliverables, permit requirements, policies, rulemakings, and responses to enforcement actions and other court actions.
Conduct and participate in negotiations with federal or state governments and citizens groups in an effort to settle or resolve matters in the Laboratory’s best interests (e.g., enforcement actions, permits, citizen suits).
Represent the Laboratory in administrative permit or rulemaking hearings, enforcement actions, appeals and other legal proceedings, managing and working with outside counsel, as appropriate.
Identify and implement strategies in support of OGC’s focus on preventive law, proactively working to minimize legal risk to the Laboratory.
As part of an organization responsible for all Laboratory legal affairs, the selected candidate must be able to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplined legal organization, across business functions, and with various stakeholders.
Attorney 3 ($122,200 – $205,900)
In addition to the above, an Attorney at level 3 level must also have significant experience and expertise in environmental law and have the ability to apply their expertise to resolve complex environmental issues in creative and effective ways. Attorneys at this level have a lead role in advocating for and/or negotiating legal positions on significant environmental matters, and are expected to be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
You will need to have substantive knowledge of federal and/or state environmental laws and regulations, as well as experience in identifying and resolving environmental issues.
Client Interactions and Collaboration
We are looking for someone with the ability to interact with all levels of staff and management, establishing productive working relationships, and providing constructive advice on a variety of environmental issues. You will also need to be able to work collaboratively in a team environment.
We need you to have experience conducting negotiations concerning environmental matters and demonstrated success in reaching settlement or resolution.
You will need the ability to work with legal research tools (e.g., Westlaw, Lexus), with legal matter management systems such as eCounsel and M-Files, and with litigation databases (e.g., Relativity).
Practice of Law
You will need knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law and the ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues.
In addition to the above, the following also apply to Attorneys at level 3:
Environmental Law - Increased Knowledge and Experience
At a level 3 you will need to have broad, substantive knowledge and advanced experience in environmental law, such as in one of the major federal or state environmental laws. You will also need the ability to work independently applying experience and expertise to solve a wide‐range of environmental issues.
You will need significant experience with environmental regulatory authorities at the federal, state or tribal level.
Education/Experience for Attorney 2:
Position requires a Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and an active Bar membership in good standing (any jurisdiction) and 3 years of legal experience after passing the Bar and being admitted to practice. Preference will be given to those with legal experience in environmental law.
Education/Experience for Attorney 3:
Position requires a Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and an active Bar membership in good standing (any jurisdiction) and 7 years of legal experience after passing the Bar and being admitted to practice. Preference will be given to those with legal experience in environmental law.
Litigation & Procedural Experience
It would be a plus if you had administrative litigation or other litigation experience, including administrative hearings and enforcement proceedings. Additionally, it would be beneficial if you were well versed in court and administrative procedural requirements and rules of procedure applicable to the environmental area.
Clean Air Act/Clean Water Act Experience
Experience working with the Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act or comparable state statute is a plus.
Note to Applicants:
To be formally considered we ask that you please attach a Resume and Cover Letter that address how you meet the requirements of this position.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
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Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
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Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2for additional information.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
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Contact Name Greenhall, Ashley Nelsen
Vacancy Name: IRC83464
Organization Name GC-ESH/Environment, Safety & Health
Req ID: IRC83464