Environmental Law Attorney

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

The CIA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) is recruiting one highly qualified Environmental Law Attorney at the GS-11 to GS-15 range to join its exciting and challenging legal practice. Experienced practitioners looking for an opportunity to serve their country are encouraged to apply. Candidates for the Environmental Law Attorney position should have a minimum of three years of environmental law practice experience and demonstrate aptitude for understanding the major environmental law statutes and Executive Orders (E.O.s), such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, E.O. 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. The candidate should also be familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and standards implemented thereunder, as implemented through E.O. 12196, Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees. The environmental law practice at CIA provides the opportunity to work on unique and challenging issues related to national security and interact with a wide variety of US Government and state agencies, Congress, federal and state authorities, and the private sector.

Minimum Requirements: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands are required.

OGC requires the submission as attachments of a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three legal references.

OGC receives hundreds of resumes a month from people desiring to serve their country by participating in our intelligence mission. If you apply for a position with the CIA’s Office of General Counsel and have not heard from us within 45 days of the date of your application, then we will not be offering you a position. We regret that we cannot personally respond to and hire all the candidates who wish to work for the CIA Office of General Counsel.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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