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Colorado State Assistant Attorney General - Resource Conservation - Oil & Gas in Denver, Colorado

Assistant Attorney General - Resource Conservation - Oil & Gas



Assistant Attorney General - Resource Conservation - Oil & Gas


$6,550.00 - $8,200.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Law

Job Number



11/2/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

The Natural Resources and Environment Section, Resource Conservation Unit is seeking an experienced attorney to join the hardworking and collaborative team that represents the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). This is a great opportunity for attorneys who enjoy administrative law, and working on challenging matters in a high-profile field. While previous experience with oil and gas law is ideal, we will also consider individuals who are self-starters, have strong litigation skills, and demonstrate a genuine eagerness to learn this niche area of law.


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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Description of Job


As an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources and Environment Section, Resource Conservation Unit representing the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), you will have the opportunity to:

  • Manage some of the Unit’s litigation, representing the COGCC in both state and federal court;

  • Assist COGCC enforcement staff with preparation of enforcement matters, negotiating possible settlement, or prosecuting violations in adjudicatory hearings before Hearing Officers and/or the Commission; and

  • Provide COGCC staff general advice and counsel on a variety of legal matters including rulemakings, statutory/regulatory interpretation, and compliance.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


At a minimum, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • 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 before the first day of employment.

  • Have at least 3 years of experience in administrative law, civil litigation, and/or natural resources law.

Ideal candidates will have some, or all, of the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong litigation experience, and the ability to effectively handle all aspects of litigation

  • Background in oil and gas law (with conservation, industry groups, or in private practice)

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and provide advice regarding technically complex matters for administrative or judicial hearings

  • Strong research and negotiation skills

  • Ability to resiliently handle stress and be flexible

  • Effectively work with stakeholders and enjoy dealing with complex issues

  • Have excellent writing, oral advocacy, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and thrive under tight deadlines

  • Self-starter, who can work independently, but also enjoys collaborating with a team

All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.

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

Supplemental Information


We Embrace Flexibility

We aim to produce outstanding work product for our clients, be efficient with our time, and support each other as team members – which also means we embrace flexible working arrangements when and where possible.

We Are Committed to Diversity

At the Department of Law, we know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed and individuals are equally treated and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce that contributes to creative problem solving and delivers excellent work.

We Have Strong Core Values

Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) "better together," by working to support each other and collaborate.

We are Committed to Developing our Attorneys

We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our attorneys grow and succeed.

We Offer Excellent Benefits

In addition to competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: As a state government employee, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. A borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan

  • Free access to a recently renovated on-site fitness center

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

  • Employer-paid mental health and counseling services through Colorado State Employee Assistance Program

  • Employer-paid annual attorney registration dues

  • Employer-provided access to professional development training and CLE through PLI, Department of Law University and other entities.


Applicants must establish an account with and complete the online applications including the Contact Information section. Applicants are not required to complete the Work Experience, Education, or Additional Information sections of the online application.

Applicants must provide 1) a cover letter addressing how you meet the experience and desired skills outlined in the job requirements; 2) a resume; 3) three professional references. Use the "Attachments" feature of the online application to add documents.

ADAAA Requests

The Department of Law is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Julie Christopher, or 720-508-6511.