Assistant Attorney General – Hazardous & Solid Waste Enforcement


Natural Resources and Environment
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, February 5, 2024, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Hazardous & Solid Waste/ CERCLA Litigation
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO, 80203 (Hybrid option available)
Release Date:
Thursday, December 7, 2023
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Natural Resources and Environment Section is seeking a strong litigator to be a part of the Solid & Hazardous Waste / CERCLA Unit. As a member of this collaborative team, this attorney will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in environmental law and to work on challenging and important environmental matters affecting Coloradans. Specially, we are interested in candidates who are excited about environmental law and being in the courtroom.

This announcement is not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

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


The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is 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 vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.

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The Natural Resources and Environment Section, Hazardous & Solid Waste / CERCLA Unit represents the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division and Colorado’s Natural Resources Trustees.  We seek an attorney to represent both of these clients in roughly equal measure.


This position involves solid and hazardous waste administrative and district court enforcement, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act matters including Superfund, removal actions, remedial actions, Voluntary Cleanup Act matters, and responsible party negotiations.   This position also involves general counsel work including Colorado Open Records Act, Open Meetings Act, and regulatory rule-making assistance.

This attorney will also represent Colorado’s Natural Resources Trustees in prosecution of natural resources damages cases and assist the Trustees and stakeholders in funding restoration projects to compensate for Colorado’s injuries.

The Unit currently contains seven experienced, collaborative attorneys, an expert paralegal, and excellent administrative support. The successful candidate must be able to first chair cases, successfully negotiate complex documents, and work well with technically and legally sophisticated clients.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.


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 may 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.



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.
  • Have strong litigation experience and have the ability to effectively handle all aspects of litigation.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to environmental law

We welcome applications from candidates whose diverse experiences and background would add value to the Department of Law, our unit’s work, and our clients. We are interested in candidates who have had some hands-on litigation experience and legal training, including fellowships or clerkships. We are also interested in seeing most, if not all, of the following skills and attributes:

  • Competency across all facets of litigation and demonstrated courtroom experience, including with presenting evidence and witnesses in trial
  • Environmental or regulatory enforcement experience
  • Previous experience serving as First chair, with responsibility over individual matters
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze complex legal and factual problems
  • Ability to effectively work with stakeholders and enjoy dealing with complex issues
  • Self-starter, who can work independently, but also enjoys collaborating with a team
  • Willingness to travel periodically within the State
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must be willing to periodically travel within the state.
  • 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 a final hiring decision. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.
Please view the job announcement for more information, including information about compensation and benefits, and to apply online.
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