Assistant Attorney General - Natural Resources Division - ANTICIPATED VACANCY

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

Apply by: April 7, 2023

Assistant Attorney General – ANTICIPATED VACANCY

Natural Resources Division


Opening Date:   March 15, 2023

Closing Date:     April 7, 2023

Job Class Code:  0186

Grade:  1 

Salary: Salary competitive and based upon qualifications*

*Pursuant to 5 MRS § 196 the salary for this position has been set by the Office of the Attorney General

Position #006000370

Job Description:

The Attorney General’s Office in Augusta will have a vacancy for an Assistant Attorney General position available on 9/1/2023, in the Natural Resources Division.  The position is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to Maine’s environmental and natural resources agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, with a core focus on agricultural and forestry issues.  Assigned duties will vary depending on the needs of the Office and the Division but will typically involve advising the DACF and potentially other agencies with all aspects of administrative law and practice, providing day-to-day general counsel services, acting as counsel to boards and commissions such as the Board of Pesticides Control and the Maine Pull Events Commission at public meetings, and handling affirmative, defensive and appellate litigation in state and federal courts.

Office of the Attorney General, State of Maine

Minimum Qualifications:

This is not an entry level position.  Applicants must be members of the Maine Bar in good standing, or reasonably anticipate timely admission to the Maine Bar.  The successful candidate will demonstrate strong legal advocacy, research, and writing skills, the ability to function effectively as part of a team, and an interest in environmental/natural resource litigation and regulatory regimes.  Experience with administrative law, civil and appellate litigation, or environmental/natural resource law is preferred.  High ethical standards, sound judgment, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and good organizational and time management skills are essential. 

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter highlighting the experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position along with your resume, a writing sample, three references, 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, and a completed online direct hire application.  

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

Any job offer to a new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, criminal records, and driver’s license check, and professional license requirements, as applicable.

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


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