Assistant Attorney General – Air Quality Unit


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09910
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Air Quality
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, February 3, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Natural Resources and Environment Section, Air Quality Unit is seeking an experienced attorney with a passion for protecting Colorado’s air quality.  This attorney will represent one or more of several client agencies within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our team works side-by-side with the client agencies on some of the most complex and critical environmental issues, with special attention to disproportionately impacted communities and environmental justice. Colorado is a national leader on critical air quality issues such as climate change and ozone control.  Few law practices offer a comparable opportunity to work on cutting edge issues affecting the state, the country and the world, all while accommodating work-life balance.


Application will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


This position is part of the Natural Resources and Environment Section’s Air Quality Unit.  This Unit is responsible for providing all legal services to the Colorado Energy Office, the Community Access Enterprise, the Building Performance Standards Task Force, the Low Income Energy Assistance Commission, the Model Energy Code Board, the Department of Public Health & Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, Air Quality Control Commission, Clean Fleet Enterprise, and the Air Quality Enterprise, the Environmental Justice Ombudsperson, the Environmental Justice Program and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board. The Air Quality Unit is currently made up of 15 people, which includes both lawyers, paralegals, and administrative staff. It is a diverse team of individuals who work collaboratively to support one another in the work we do.


As the newest member of the Air Quality team, you will provide counsel to our clients on a broad range of complex issues related to the administration of air quality programs.  You will advise and represent the Division in rulemakings before the Air Quality Control Commission. You will manage complex settlement negotiations and represent client agencies in administrative and civil litigation. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced litigators, and lead litigation. You will also advise our clients on a broad array of matters including, but not limited to enabling legislation, administrative procedure, open meetings and open records issues, and enterprise governance.  You will support the DOL’s legislative and rule review process.


Applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Applicants eligible to waive into the bar must be eligible to Practice Pending Admission.
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about having a career in environmental law and air quality regulation.
  • Understand or be interested in learning the unique impacts of climate change and air pollution on historically underserved communities.
  • Be willing to periodically travel within the State.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience in environmental regulatory enforcement, rulemakings, or Federal Clean Air Act compliance.
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to public service and/or environmental justice.
  • Have litigation experience.
  • Be a multi-dimensional thinker and creative problem solver who enjoys coming up with practical and imaginative solutions.
  • Be a self-starter and goal-oriented person who is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Be resourceful and take the initiative to learn the subject matter and to grow professionally.
  • Be a strong writer and have keen attention to detail.
  • Have excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Utilize good judgment in working with clients and colleagues.
  • Be capable of independently managing a full workload and working well with technically- and legally sophisticated clients.


The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 Conditions of Employment:


    • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
    • Requires in-state travel by state vehicle as needed.
    • Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.


Please view the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.
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