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Assistant Counsel


The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the systems 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.
DEPs Bureau of Legal Affairs environmental attorneys work with DEPs operations bureaus to advance the agencys mission and to ensure that all of DEPs legal needs are addressed. Given DEPs extensive infrastructure and operations, DEP is highly regulated and subject to a significant amount of federal, state and local regulations. When the agency is subject to litigation the Bureau of Legal Affairs attorneys work cooperatively with the New York City Law Department to provide critical litigation support to assist in representing the agency.
We have an exciting career opportunity for an attorney to handle the broad array of legal work required for DEP to maintain compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations as well as local rulemakings to advance the agencys mission.
The selected candidate will serve as an attorney with the agencys Bureau of Legal Affairs, under the supervision of the Senior Environmental Affairs Attorney and the Deputy General Counsel for Environmental Affairs. The attorney will provide advice and counsel to DEP management and staff and will work on complex matters relating to DEP compliance with a wide range of legal matters affecting the agencys operations. These complex matters include, among other things, the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
The focus of the position will be on regulatory and compliance matters within New York City and environmental review matters related to DEP construction projects and operations with involvement in local rulemaking as needed.
In addition, the attorney will undertake assignments, as required, involving representation of the agency in contract, environmental and other administrative proceedings, liaising with the Citys Law Department in connection with litigation matters, interpretation of federal and state laws applicable to agency operations, negotiation with state and federal regulators to resolve enforcement actions, and commenting on proposed federal, state and local laws and regulations.
The position is based in DEPs Flushing, New York office.

Minimum Qual Requirements
1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either 2 or 3 below.
2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Additional Information
DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success of our outreach recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.
For more information about NYCDEP, visit us at:
The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the Mayors Office of Sustainability qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the programs other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be required for the selected candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to attend meetings, trainings or other similar engagement, on-site and off-site. The employee may be required to move about on foot or by vehicle to accomplish tasks.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
We appreciate your interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
All appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

To Apply
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Please review the Citys Civil Service Exam requirements for full-time employees at

Work Location
59-17 Junction Blvd Corona NY

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Recruitment Contact
Recruitment Contact: Grace Pigott
Recruitment Email: [email protected]

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