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The position is located in Olympia, Washington. Olympia offers a diverse, affordable and safe community. Living and working here offers unparalleled opportunities to pursue a rewarding career while living in an historically rich and vibrant area. It is ideally situated between the northwest’s two largest cities (Seattle and Portland) and exploring either is but a short drive away. If exploring Washington State’s natural features is your passion, know that hiking, skiing and sailing opportunities are easily accessible. But you needn’t stray from home for an adventure, as Olympia offers lush parks and trails, walkable neighborhoods, and exceptional dining, shopping and cultural experiences. Families and individuals will benefit from Olympia’s excellent schools, from elementary through college.
The Ecology Division of the Attorney Generals Office seeks an attorney with an interest in water resources and other areas of environmental law. We provide legal advice and litigation services to the Department of Ecology, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, the State Conservation Commission, the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency, and the Puget Sound Partnership. We are a collegial, fun, and diverse team supporting our clients mission to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Our division consists of 37 attorneys and professional staff. This position will serve as a litigator and client advisor within our six-member Water Resources Section. The attorney can expect to work on a broad array of water law issues such as tribal water rights, water right adjudications, enforcement against illegal use of water, instream flow rules, trust water and mitigation, and water right permitting. To be successful in this practice, the attorney must have an interest and proficiency in all aspects of litigation, including discovery, motions practice, and evidentiary trials.
This position will also work with other environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, State and National Environmental Policy Acts, Model Toxics Control Act, Shoreline Management Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Hazardous Waste Management Act. In addition, attorneys must develop expertise with general governmental laws such as the Public Records Act and Administrative Procedure Act. Our clients are engineers, biologists, geologists, chemists, toxicologists, inspectors, policy makers, and communication specialists. Attorneys in our division must be able to effectively communicate and provide legal advice to this full range of disciplines. Attorneys must also communicate effectively and respectfully with members of Washingtons tribal nations and with our clients external stakeholders including conservation groups, businesses, local governments, and community organizations.
Our work can vary substantially from month to month and year to year. Typical tasks include:
- Researching and analyzing relevant law;
- Providing written and oral options-based legal advice;
- Appearing in administrative or court proceedings to defend agency actions;
- Initiating legal actions against parties that violate environmental laws;
- Advising on state rulemaking and legislative efforts;
- Negotiating consent decrees, settlement agreements, and contracts; and
- Providing training to agency clients and external stakeholders.
For examples of some of the Division’s current legal work, please visit the Washington State Department of Ecology. Also:
- Acquavella Water Rights Adjudication
- Streamflow Restoration Act Implementation
- Millennium Bulk Terminals Proposed Coal Export Facility
- Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
Attorneys must be able to work both independently and as a member of a multi-member team. The successful candidate must offer superior analytical, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills along with impeccable judgment.
Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant’s background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.
This Assistant Attorney General position is represented by the Association of Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.
Interested applicants must apply by hitting the “apply” button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs:
- A letter of interest;
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
- Writing sample.
If you have questions about this position and/or wish to learn more about it before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact Senior Counsel Alan Reichman at 360-586-6748 or Alan.Reichmanatg.wa.gov. The deadline to apply is August 17, 2020.
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If you have questions or concerns about this recruitment in light of COVID emergency, please contact Linda Nakamura at Linda.Nakamuraatg.wa.gov.
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Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.
The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.