Assistant Attorney General – Parks & Wildlife – Water Counsel/General Counsel/Litigation


Natural Resources
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Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, October 2, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Parks and Wildlife & Trust Lands
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Monday, September 25, 2023
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Parks Wildlife and Trust Lands Unit is seeking an experienced attorney to join the general counsel and water law teams representing Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Colorado 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, outdoor recreation opportunities for the state’s residents and visitors, and an extensive portfolio of water rights. Representation of CPW offers the opportunity to practice in unique areas of law and engage with a wide variety of interesting and complex legal issues.


There are two parts to this position.

I. General Counsel and Litigation:  General counsel duties for this position involve advising CPW on a remarkably diverse array of topics. These include wildlife law, regulation of hunting and fishing, management of game and nongame species, protection of wildlife habitat, management of state parks and state wildlife areas, license suspension hearings, real property disputes, the state Administrative Procedures Act, and compliance with federal wildlife grant provisions and federal statutes, among others. Advising the agency will require legal research, drafting memoranda, working directly with agency staff and leadership, and responding on short notice to inquiries from the management team. The attorney will also engage in litigation on behalf of the Division or Commission as needed, in state or federal courts and state water court.

II. Water:  CPW is uniquely situated as both a steward and a user of water. This position, therefore, requires nuanced and innovative problem-solving skills to help advance CPW’s mission within Colorado’s system of water law. Specific duties for this position involve 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 may also include advising CPW when conflicts arise between existing water law and state policy goals as well as providing advice and participating in client-led teams to support river restoration projects, drought protection and planning, fish and wildlife mitigation plans for reservoir and infrastructure projects, instream flow development and protection, and  environmental pool projects and protection. CPW’s water attorneys litigate in all seven water divisions as both opposer and applicant for a variety of cases, including new appropriations, diligence applications, exchanges, plans for augmentation, and changes of water rights.


For both general counsel and water law duties, the position requires a willingness to travel throughout the state as necessary to work with 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 staying abreast of developments in CPW-specific legal issues, including state water law. Finally, applicants must be eager to tackle new and unfamiliar issues on a regular basis and have an appetite for developing creative and innovative legal strategies. The entire team of CPW attorneys is highly collaborative, and this attorney will have the opportunity to work on a team while also developing relationships and working one-on-one with CPW staff.

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.


CPW’s mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Our goal is to add someone to our team who is eager to learn, excited about representing CPW, enthusiastic about professional growth, and committed to CPW’s mission.

Applicants for the Parks, Wildlife and Trust Lands position must have the following qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Experience in civil practice.
  • Have excellent analytical and communication skills, good judgment, and good interpersonal skills.
  • Be a strong writer with keen attention to detail
  • Be willing to travel throughout the state.

Some of our strongest candidates will also have the following skills and attributes, although these are not required to apply:

  • Two to three years’ experience practicing in Colorado water courts
  • Two to three years’ experience in civil or criminal litigation
  • General contracting and transactional experience, and experience with real property law
  • An interest in dealing with challenging and complex issues

Personal interest in hunting, fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation is a bonus, but not required.

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.

View the full job announcement for more information, including compensation and benefits, and to apply online.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights. 
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