The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is a team of professionals advancing the mission and objectives of NOAA by delivering legal services of the highest quality. We are committed to providing sound judgment, thoughtful analysis, and constructive advice through effective communication. In an environment fostering innovation and professional development, we apply the rule of law with integrity, respect for people, and commitment to excellence and the public trust.


Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Professional Excellence, Effective Communication, Public Service, Organizational Diversity, Inclusion


The NOAA GC Attorney Honors Program is an outstanding way to start a public service legal career. NOAA GC provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including implementing administrative and federal law requirements and procedures; protecting and managing marine resources such as U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species; conserving and managing ocean and coastal areas and marine sanctuaries; predicting and communicating weather forecasts; planning and managing Earth-observing satellite systems; and licensing of commercial satellites.

NOAA GC is now recruiting for our 2023 Honors Program class. Instructions about how to apply can be found on USAJOBS at this link: www.usajobs.gov/job/668035200. Please note that we are not accepting applications through the USAJOBS online submission platform. Instead, please submit applications to the email address identified in the USAJOBS vacancy announcement. Please also note our new cover letter requirements, which are described in the vacancy announcement. 


The NOAA Office of General Counsel is committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which the organization leverages diversity to achieve mission goals and business objectives and maximizes the potential of individuals and the organization. The Office of General Counsel is working to ensure that the organization’s management practices and organizational culture reflect this commitment and create opportunities for all employees to fully contribute to the Agency’s mission and serve the Nation.


NOAA General Counsel job announcements are made available through the USAJobs website or NOAA's NOAA Careers employment information website. At NOAA General Counsel we welcome applicants of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, national origins, sexual orientations, and gender identities.