Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) Fellowship

The Colorado Attorney General is accepting applications for a Natural Resources Fellowship to begin in October 2021. The Natural Resources Fellowship has a one-year term—from October 2021 through October 2022.

This fellow works directly with the Natural Resources and Environment Unit, which is tasked with protecting and improving the quality of Colorado’s land, air, water, and wildlife. This fellow may also advise the Attorney General and state officials about a wide variety of issues related to natural resources and the environment.

This Fellowship is open to recent law school graduates or those graduating law school by Spring 2021 and we encourage applications from those who are intellectually curious, passionate about public service, and are excited to delve into natural resources work. We are most interested in candidates who have strong writing skills; have the confidence and ability to ask good and thoughtful questions; are eager to engage; and have a strong academic record (i.e., strong GPA or show a steady improvement of grades during law school). Further, while we welcome applications from those who have natural resources experience, we will look more broadly at candidates who have diverse professional and academic backgrounds and who are eager to bring their diverse experiences to this role. Applicants who have completed a judicial clerkship or judicial internship will likely be well-prepared for this Fellowship, but prior clerkship experience is not required.

All individuals must commit to take the Colorado bar exam no later than July of 2021 or be a member of the Colorado bar before beginning work. The annual salary is $50,000 plus medical/dental benefits. Note: Bar passage or eligibility to waive into the Colorado Bar is required to join the program in October 2021.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following required materials and all materials should be received no later than February 26, 2021, for full consideration. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Required materials must be submitted electronically to

Required Materials:

  1. Cover letter that highlights: (a) your commitment to public service and your interest in this Fellowship; (b) your experience in natural resources and/or other relevant work; (c) how you think your background and experience would add value in the Fellowship.
  2. Resume that includes bar memberships, leadership experience, community service or volunteer experience, status of application for bar membership, and cumulative law school GPA.
  3. Law school transcript.
  4. Three references familiar with your work and abilities, including their phone and e-mail contact information and a description of the working relationship.
  5. Writing sample (the shorter and less edited the better).
    As part of the interview process, finalists may be asked to prepare an additional writing sample based upon a fact pattern supplied by the Office.

As part of the interview process, finalists may be asked to prepare an additional writing sample based upon a fact pattern supplied by the Office.