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 Office of General Counsel's Honors Attorney Program is designed to recruit highly-qualified law school graduates, judicial law clerks and fellows for entry-level attorney positions. After completing several rotations, Honors Attorneys are typically placed in our offices in the Washington, D.C. area, and occasionally in our six regional offices in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. NOAA GC expects to begin recruiting for its 2022 Honors Program during the summer of 2021.  We will update this page with information about how to apply when that information is available.


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.