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Applicant Qualifications

The Michael F. Vaccaro Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental career or the public sector, and who are:

A law school graduate who has been employed as an attorney, other than judicial clerks and JAG service, will not be considered.

Fellowship Description

The Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Attorney Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to practice law in a major governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. The Fellowship recipient will work in the Office of Regional Counsel on particular matters arising under the major federal environmental statutes (such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Superfund, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and other federal statutes relevant to EPA Region 3 operations (such as the Ethics in Government Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Freedom of Information Act). These matters typically require the application of emerging law and policy to significant environmental issues in Region 3. The Fellowship will also include an opportunity to manage environmental enforcement cases.

The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2015, and the Fellow is expected to commit to a two year term. The salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $61,857) or, in unusual circumstances where appropriate qualifications exist, at the GS-12 level (currently starting at $74,142).

The Office of Regional Counsel

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, Office of Regional Counsel is responsible for preparing administrative, and judicial, civil and criminal cases against suspected violators of environmental laws. These cases involve developing and using technical and legal strategies for negotiation and litigation purposes. The primary statutes enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency are:

Each attorney's case load normally is not confined to one industry or statute. The Region consists of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to preparing enforcement actions, attorneys are also responsible for advising the Regional Administrator, Division Directors, EPA state liaisons and state officials on the interpretation of environmental laws and regulations. Furthermore, attorneys are expected to participate in any civil and criminal litigation of cases referred to the Department of Justice and to represent the Agency in administrative proceedings.

Application Process

Region 3 is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in the fall of 2015. Interested applicants should apply early and submit the following:

Questions regarding the Vaccaro Fellowship should be directed to Tanya Williams via telephone only at (215) 814-2146.

R3 VaccaroFellow@epa.gov

Application packages that are submitted via email should be submitted in PDF format and to this email address only. Email submissions should include "2015 Vaccaro Fellowship Application" in the subject line.

Donzetta Workman Thomas (Mailcode: 3RC50)
Vaccaro Fellowship Coordinator/Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
USEPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Applications submitted via mail should include: "Attn: 2015 Vaccaro Fellowship Application" on the envelope. Do not email applications to Ms. Thomas.

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in Philadelphia (at the candidate's expense) . Interviews will be scheduled over a 2-3 week period. Upon request, interviews may also be conducted via video-conference.


For a listing of other EPA regions with an Honors Attorney Program, please visit http://www.epa.gov/careers/legal/index.html


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