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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Staff Attorney

Posted 4 years ago

Job Summary

As a Staff Attorney, you will advise agency staff in assigned Water Quality programs to ensure that programs and policies are administered in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; to research and interpret federal and state laws, regulations, and court cases; to analyze laws, regulations, literature and reports in order to develop and provide guidance for programs and procedures of the agency; to develop and conduct technical training on legal matters associated with agency programs and policies; to assist the agency with rulemaking; and to develop, write, and review legislation for the agency.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must clearly demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor Degree with two years of experience in the practice of law with working knowledge of administrative or regulatory law.
  • Active license to practice law in the State of Minnesota or in another U.S. state with licensure in Minnesota within 6-9 months.
  • High level of ability to interpret and analyze state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the practice of environmental law.
  • Experience or knowledge of administrative and regulatory laws and procedures.
  • Experience in the application of federal and state water quality programs and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of Minnesota’s water quality programs.
  • Working knowledge of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and Federal Freedom of Information Act.
  • Effective communication skills to work effectively with a wide range of people, including technical and scientific staff, and the ability to understand scientific and technical information and data.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work collaboratively with other lawyers and program staff and to independently research and resolve legal and policy issues as they arise.
  • Ability to resolve conflicting demands and manage multiple issues simultaneously.
  • Skill in negotiating and consensus building.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure pollution does not have a disproportionate impact on any groups of people.

The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low-cost medical and dental insurance, employer-paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, a retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. We emphasize work-life balance, and strive to have an inclusive workplace for everyone.

How to Apply

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