Assistant Attorney General – Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission Counsel


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09303
Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, July 31, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Resource Conservation
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, July 18, 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, Resource Conservation Unit is seeking an experienced attorney to join the team that represents the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission. This position is a great opportunity for an attorney with previous experience or interest in the niche area of oil and gas law. The position is best suited for candidates who enjoy a mix of litigation along with other work, as well as a high-profile field with challenging matters. This position is part of the team working with all those having an interest in Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.


This position is part of the Natural Resources and Environment Section’s Resource Conservation Unit (Mining, Oil and Gas).  This Unit is responsible for providing all legal services to the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (formerly the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission), the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources—Executive Director’s Office. The Resource Conservation Unit is currently made up of nine people, which includes 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 Resource Conservation Unit, you will provide counsel to the Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC) on a broad range of complex issues related to the administration and regulation of the development of oil and gas and other energy resources.  You will advise and represent agency staff in rulemakings before the Commission. You will assist ECMC enforcement staff with preparation of enforcement matters, negotiating possible settlement, or prosecuting violations in adjudicatory hearings before Hearing Officers and/or the Commission. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys on the ECMC’s court litigation, representing the ECMC in both State and Federal courts. You will also provide general counsel advice to the client on a broad array of matters including, but not limited to, enabling legislation, implementation of new legislation, interpretation and application of regulations and compliance, administrative procedure, open records issues, enterprise governance, and administrative enforcement. Within six months of hire you will be managing your own docket of matters.

Salary Note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

Attorneys with less than 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General I (AAG I). The salary range for an AAG I is $83,292-$92,400/annually.
Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $96,420-$120,000/annually.

Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis for any new employees starting after July 1, 2023.



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. 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.
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about having a career in natural resources law and oil and gas regulation.
  • Understand or be interested in learning the unique area of Oil and Gas law and regulation.
  • Be willing to periodically travel within the State.

Our strongest candidates will:

  • Have experience in administrative law, adjudicatory hearings, civil litigation and natural resources/environmental regulatory enforcement, rulemakings, and compliance.
  • Have a background in oil and gas law (with conservation groups, industry groups, or in private practice).
  • Be dedicated to public service.
  • 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 researcher and writer and have keen attention to detail.
  • Have excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Utilize good judgment in working with clients, stakeholders and colleagues.
  • Be capable of independently managing a full workload and working well with technically and legally sophisticated clients.

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.

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.


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


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