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Attorney-Advisor Position in EPA's Chicago Office (Region 5)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for an Attorney-Advisor.

  • This is an entry-level permanent staff attorney position in the Chicago, Illinois office.
  • The Attorney-Advisor is expected to start work in the fall of 2018.
  • The deadline to apply is July 24, 2018.

ORC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective "people" skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility.

This position provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

Learn more about positions in the Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago (EPA Region 5)

The Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5

Region 5 encompasses the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. ORC represents Region 5 in federal administrative, judicial and criminal environmental matters against regulated entities as well as in defensive cases within the jurisdiction of Region 5.

The primary statutes enforced by the EPA are:
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund)
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

Because ORC is organized as a multi-media office, an attorney’s caseload may span the range of statutes EPA enforces and implements and is not limited to one statute, state or industry. In addition, ORC provides legal advice to the Regional Administrator and other senior managers of Region 5 on all matters relating to their official responsibilities.


Qualified applicants must be J.D. graduates of an accredited law school and be members of a state bar, or 2018 J.D. graduates with bar membership pending. The ideal candidate will be a recently graduated attorney with excellent written and oral communication skills, and a strong interest in public service and the mission of EPA. Region 5 has a strong preference that the applicant be available to start in the fall of 2018. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. If you qualify for veterans preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).

Pay and Benefits

During the first year, salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $67,638 per year). Judicial law clerks may be hired at the GS-12 grade (currently starting at $81,071). Promotion potential is up to the GS-14 level (currently starting at $113,920). Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Federal employment benefits are among the most comprehensive programs available anywhere. See Salaries and Benefits

Application Process

The office seeks applications for the Attorney-Advisor position through July 24, 2018. Please note that EPA will not consider applications received after July 24, 2018.

All required supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to, with the subject heading “EPA Region 5 Attorney-Advisor.”

Please submit the following information, preferably in PDF format:
  • A resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, class rank or G.P.A., contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
  • An unofficial transcript of law school grades (we will request an official version if you are selected).
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
  • The name, address and telephone numbers of three references.
  • A short writing sample not to exceed ten pages.
  • Proof of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (or a statement that you are a 2018 J.D. graduate with bar membership pending).
  • Veterans Preference supporting documents, if applicable.

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in Chicago (at the candidate's expense), or video conference interviews may be conducted when appropriate. An  offer will be made shortly thereafter.

For questions about the Attorney-Advisor position, please contact:

More information about EPA Region 5

EPA is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race; color; religion; sex, including pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender identity or gender expression; national origin; sexual orientation; physical or mental disability; age; protected genetic information; status as a parent; marital status or political affiliation.