Assistant Attorney General - Natural Resources Division - TWO VACANCIES

Augusta, Maine, United States | Legal | Full-time

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Assistant Attorney General   

Natural Resources Division

Opening Date:   March 11, 2020

Closing Date:   April 10, 2020

Job Class Code:  0186

Grade:  1 

Salary: Salary competitive and based upon qualifications*

*Pursuant to 5 MRS § 196 the salaries for these positions are set by the Office of the Attorney General.

Position #006000419 and #006000422

Job Description:

The Office of the Attorney General has two openings for Assistant Attorney General positions (one current and one anticipated) within the Natural Resources Division in Augusta.  These positions are responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to Maine’s environmental and natural resource agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Department of Marine Resources.  Assigned duties will vary based on the needs of the Division but will typically involve a mix of advising the various agencies in all aspects of administrative law and practice, providing day-to-day general counsel services, acting as counsel to boards and commissions at public meetings, and handling affirmative, defensive, and appellate litigation in state and federal courts.

Information on Maine’s Office of the Attorney General is available at http://www.maine.gov/ag/

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be members of the Maine Bar in good standing or reasonably anticipate timely admission to the Maine bar, have a demonstrated ability to function effectively as part of a team, have an interest in state and federal environmental/natural resource litigation and regulatory regimes, and have strong legal advocacy, research, and writing skills.  Experience with administrative law, civil and appellate litigation, or environmental/natural resource law is preferred.  High ethical standards, sound judgment, strong communication and inter-personal skills, and good organizational and time management skills are essential.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for these positions, please submit the following: a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the positions; a resume; a recent writing sample; three references (one of which must be work-related); a completed online application; and a copy of your Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar certification or a detailed statement outlining the circumstances supporting your reasonable anticipation of timely admission to the Maine bar.

The Office is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to delays in mail service, faxing malfunctions, or electronic transmission malfunctions.

Any job offer is conditional upon verification of credentials and professional license requirements (if applicable), and criminal records and driver’s license checks.  There is potential flexibility with respect to position start dates.

Please direct all questions to the Natural Resources Division Chief, Assistant Attorney General Scott Boak, at Scott.Boak@maine.gov or by calling 207-626-8566.

 BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement is 14.47% of salary for Bargaining Unit positions and 19.27% for Confidential Positions.  

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $461.75 biweekly 
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Other fringe benefits are available and may require employee cost contributions. 

A review of benefits (subject to position/salary) is available at http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/index.htm and http://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/

 Why Work for the State of Maine?

State of Maine employees have a wide variety of health benefits and wellness programs available to them. Whatever your health and wellness goals may be, we have solutions to help you meet your goal. Preventive care is covered 100%, low-cost generic medications, premium-free dental insurance for full-time employee coverage, tobacco cessation program and much more.

Benefits Include: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance; Retirement Savings; Flexible Spending Accounts; Gym Membership Reimbursement; and Living Resources (Employee Assistance Program).

Public Sector employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  To learn if you qualify, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service#qualify.

The State of Maine also offers paid holidays, training, and the chance to make a difference in Maine with a career in public service.

The State of Maine Government and Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.  Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.