Assistant Attorney General
- Natural Resources
- Position Number:
- LAA 09311
- Salary Range:
- $6,755.00 - $8,300.00 Monthly
- Apply By:
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Division of Parks & Wildlife
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Thursday, February 27, 2020
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!
Information About the Job: We are seeking an experienced water attorney to advise and litigate on behalf of Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife. Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is charged with protecting and managing some of Colorado’s most valuable resources: wildlife and wildlife habitat, a superb state parks system, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the state’s residents and visitors. All of these require ownership and management of an extensive portfolio of water rights. CPW has acquired one of the largest portfolios of water rights in the state, which includes a variety of surface, storage, and groundwater rights and interests maintained for the benefit of CPW’s properties and natural resource interests. A team of three attorneys, including this position, provides legal services to advise and support CPW staff and the leadership team of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Job Duties: CPW is uniquely situated as both a steward and a user of water, and this position requires innovative problem-solving and a can-do attitude to help advance CPW’s mission within Colorado’s system of water law. Specific duties for this position involve representing CPW in water court; advising CPW on water-related issues including acquiring, protecting and managing water rights for reservoirs, ponds, wells, and surface diversions at state parks and wildlife areas; protecting riparian and aquatic habitat; and ensuring adequate water for CPW’s fish hatcheries. This position also facilitates water transactions, such as the purchase, lease, exchange, and sale of water rights, alone or in conjunction with real estate transactions. Duties also include advising CPW on its work at the intersection of water law and policy, such as river restoration projects, drought protection and planning, fish and wildlife mitigation plans for reservoir and infrastructure projects, and protecting CPW’s interests in environmental pools and releases from existing storage projects. Finally, this attorney may be called upon from time to time to assist with CPW’s non-water-related real estate transactions.
Advising the agency will require legal research, drafting memoranda, devising creative legal strategies, working closely with agency staff and leadership, and responding on short notice to inquiries from the management team. Because CPW has water interests across the state, its water attorneys litigate in all seven water divisions as both opposer and applicant for a range of cases, including new appropriations, diligence applications, exchanges, plans for augmentation, and changes of water rights.
The position requires a willingness to travel around the state occasionally to work with aquatic biologists, park managers, regional water specialists, and others. It also requires the attorney to acquire expertise in the extensive statutory and regulatory regime governing state agencies generally as well as staying abreast of developments in Colorado water law. Finally, applicants must be able to work cooperatively with other attorneys in the unit and have a high tolerance for tackling new and unfamiliar issues on a regular basis.
Job Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of five years of civil practice, including a minimum of three years’ experience in water law and water court. The ideal candidate will also have general contracting and transactional experience, and experience with real estate law. In addition, candidates should have excellent analytical and communication skills, good judgment, good interpersonal skills, and confidence advising clients in public as well as private settings.
All final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough background check.
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is committed to serving as the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our purpose is:
“Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.”
Our core values drive our actions and demonstrate that we are:
Principled – maintain highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, careful evaluation of facts
Public Servants – ensure our work is not about us, it’s about the people of Colorado
Innovative – identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, always look to improve
Better Together – support each other, partner with others
The Attorney General has primary authority for enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws, prosecution of criminal appeals and some complex white-collar crimes, the Statewide Grand Jury, training and certification of peace officers, and most natural resource and environmental matters. The Attorney General serves as counsel to all state officials, departments, boards and commissions. Visit our website to learn more: https://coag.gov/.
In addition to the challenging and impactful work being done at the Office of the Attorney General, there are many other benefits to joining our team:
- Medical and dental health plans
- Employer-paid life insurance
- Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness – A borrower may qualify for forgiveness while employed full-time in a public service occupation and meet other certain criteria
- Free access to an on-site fitness center
- Strong, flexible retirement benefits including 401K and 457 plans
- Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program
To learn more about our benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and understands that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. We encourage candidates with diverse qualities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.
How to apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and experience in water law, a resume, a writing sample, and three professional references via email to:
Patti Dubose, Office Manager