Assistant Attorney General (Natural Resources Section)

Oregon Department of Justice

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 09/03/2021

Application Deadline:10/05/2021

Agency:Department of Justice

Salary Range:$9,688 – $14,260

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:* Assistant Attorney General (Natural Resources Section)

Job Description:

General Counsel Division, Natural Resources Section

The Department of Justice is seeking attorney applicants for a Salem-based Assistant Attorney General position in the Natural Resources Section of our General Counsel Division, with opportunities for some remote-work days.

This position offers a diverse, challenging, and stimulating practice, and the opportunity to be involved in natural resource matters of importance to Oregon. The successful applicant will serve as counsel advising and representing the Oregon Water Resources Department in contested case hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and providing other contact counsel support to the agency.  This position presents a great opportunity to engage in cutting edge legal and policy issues involving both consumptive use of water and in-stream water rights.  The cases invariably touch on important issues of water allocation that require thoughtful legal analysis and a dedication to developing fair and comprehensive contested case records.

We are looking for applicants with experience, knowledge, and interest in natural resources law, administrative law, public meetings law, and public records law.  Substantive legal knowledge and experience in water law and contested case or litigation experience is preferred. The attorney hired for this position will provide day-to-day legal analysis and advice and represent the Oregon Water Resources Department in administrative contested cases.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Paul Garrahan, Attorney-in-Charge, Natural Resources Section, at 503-947-4593.


  • Minimum of two years of legal practice experience, which may include experience working as a full-time law clerk for a federal or state judge.
  • Able to clear all actual or potential ethical conflicts to represent the state.
  • Member of the Oregon State Bar or qualified to gain admittance to the bar within six months of the date of hire.

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021 unless the employee receives a medical accommodation or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit

Requested/Special Skills and Experience

  • Experience, knowledge, and interest in natural resources and environmental law, administrative law, public meetings law, and public records law.
  • Substantive legal knowledge and experience in water law.
  • Strong work ethic, a commitment to public service, and excellent academic credentials.
  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy, analytic ability, written and verbal communication, client counseling, working with a team of both lawyers and non-lawyers, and working collaboratively with policy makers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work with clients effectively, cooperatively, and on tight timelines in a high-volume practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage a high-volume caseload while keeping managers and clients informed of the status of cases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and contributing to an inclusive working environment where diverse individual experiences and perspectives are valued and supported.

Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview.  This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Application Process

  • Follow the “Apply” link above.  Current State of Oregon applicants are asked to use their state-issued log-in to access and apply in Workday.  Using an external account disrupts the hiring process. 
  • Attach your resume.
  • Attach your cover letter.
  • Attach your writing sample.

This OAJA-represented position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $7,374-$14,260 per month, depending primarily on years of legal practice experience and other factors.

ALL APPLICANTS: You will only have one opportunity to upload the required resume, cover letter, and any other required documents. Drag and drop all into Workday when prompted to upload your resume. If you are concerned that any of your documents may not have attached to your application, please email a copy to [email protected]. Material will be associated on your behalf if received before the posting deadline.

CURRENT STATE EMPLOYEES: Login to Workday using your state-issued login and apply via the Career Worklet located on your home page. Using a private account disrupts the hiring process for all internal candidates. Prior to clicking “Apply”, update your employee profile to reflect your Education, Skills, and Job History (including your current job). â€‹

Working for the Department of Justice

Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and state-elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions in most civil and many criminal proceedings.  The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state and make a difference to the citizens of Oregon while providing unparalleled career satisfaction and professional prospects.

Conduct Expectations 

The role of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide justice and uphold the rule of law. Employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.

The Department of Justice

The Mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to serve state government and to support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Its over 1,300 employees in nine divisions, including more than 300 lawyers, are dedicated to the rule of law and serving the people of Oregon and its government.  

The Attorney General and our nine divisions are dedicated to: 

  • Providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government;
  • Safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices;
  • Fighting crime and helping crime victims; 
  • Advocating for vulnerable children;
  • Supporting families through the collection of child support;  
  • Enforcing environmental protections; 
  • Defending the civil rights of all Oregonians;
  • Pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.  

Diversity is a core value of the Department of Justice and the department’s General Counsel Division.  We are working to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.  Every employee expands our diversity through varied experiences and perspectives, and by contributing to the range of ways to understand and communicate with one another, identify challenges, and work cooperatively.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

For additional information regarding benefits and application assistance, click HERE.

Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court St NE
Salem OR, 97301
[email protected]

Phone: (503) 947-4328
Fax: (503) 373-0367