US citizens: Associate Solicitor for Water Resources

Washington, DC, US


Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 3 position. The minimum pay for this position is $164,200. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee’s current salary and other facto.

The Associate Solicitor has primary responsibility for managing the Division of Water Resources, which includes the Branch of Water and Power and the Branch of Indian Water Rights. Management of the Division includes working with the Solicitor and the Deputy Solicitor in formulating policies of the Solicitor’s Office with respect to organization, budget, personnel, and legal activities. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Providing legal advice and service to the Secretary and his or her staff, the Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, the Solicitor, other offices, bureaus, and agencies for the management of water resources litigation in the interest of the Department.
  • Ensures that Departmental and bureau initiatives to address water crises and conflicts are supported through the delivery of sound and timely legal advice and counsel.
  • Ensures that important institutional interests of all bureaus are vigorously represented and coordinated.
  • Supports and defends Departmental and bureau efforts to enhance sustainable, renewable hydropower generation at Federal facilities. Advises on the integration of Departmental activities with programs of other departments and agencies of Federal, State, and local governments.
  • Suggests and develops proposed legislation for recommendation to Congress.
  • Coordinates and communicates with Members of Congress about Departmental programs, and assists other Departmental officials in testifying on matters within the Division’s areas of responsibility.
  • Works closely with the Justice Department in representing the Department as counsel in litigation brought by the Department or against the Department in areas falling within the Division’s responsibility. This representation involves advising the Solicitor and the Department of Justice on legal strategy and substantive presentations. The litigation responsibilities also include participating in settlement negotiations and meetings with other government agencies and others on the subject.


Technical Qualifications

  • Knowledge of water law, Tribal water rights and trust responsibilities, and Reclamation Law.
  • Ability to manage a geographically dispersed legal program; to provide responsive client legal services; and to coordinate litigation and administrative proceedings involving water rights and operations of federal water facilities.
  • Ability to provide professional legal advice and counsel to high-level officials.
  • Knowledge of legal issues, laws, and legislation impacting the Department’s interests, programs, and goals in the area of water and power, Indian water rights, and Federal facilities compliance.


  • You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. Proof of bar certification will be required prior to appointment.

Additional information

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service SES
  • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
  • The duties of this position are suitable for telework with supervisor approval.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, upon selection, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Required Documents

  • REQUIRED. Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information: Full name, address, telephone numbers, bar membership information, educational information, information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position.
  • REQUIRED. A narrative statement addressing each of the TQs and ECQs. Each ECQ and TQ must be addressed separately. ECQ narrative statements must not exceed 10 pages total and 2 pages for each individual TQ and each individual ECQ. OR… If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications. OR…If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.
  • REQUIRED. If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please remove your social security number and birth date.
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal.

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