The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Forbes says the federal government is hiring right now, and helpfully reviewed the highest paid positions currently available, including a highly skilled Paralegal Specialist job with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Counsel Southwest in Long Beach, California.
The job duties include the following responsibilities:
■Conducting research, drafting, organization and analytical tasks in support of regional National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offices.
■Assisting in the preparation of both administrative and judicial enforcement cases under several federal environmental and species acts.
■Assisting in defensive litigation by preparing filings and legal memoranda, organizing pleadings and maintaining a computerized database to track enforcement cases.
■Performing research using Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw and other libraries and working with other statutes, regulations and policies affecting NOAA.
■Serving as property custodian, maintaining the library and occasionally performing back-up administrative support for the office.
The job requirements include:
Degree: Undergraduate degree or higher, depending on experience and/or postgraduate education
Experience: A year of specialized experience related to the job duties
Software: Word Perfect or Word; internet browsers such as Firefox or Internet Explorer; experience using Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, Pacer, and/or other electronic legal resources
Special Skills: Understanding of judicial and administrative law processes, legal terminology and library research, the history of legislation and regulation; demonstrate experience of various environmental statutes; demonstrate experience independently processing complex responses to requests under FOIA, ensure compliance of files with the Federal Records Act; demonstrate coordinating actions with other Federal or State agencies.
For detailed instructions on how to submit an application for a federal government job, see “How to Apply”.
I’m relieved to hear that you don’t have to be a “policy wonk” (according to Forbes) to get hired by the federal government. However, you do have to be smarter than the average bear to get through the application process.