Closing Date: 8th June, 2023


Supplemental Information:
Job number: OMF-50668748-5.25.23-BE

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and State as a Model Employer (SAME) to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

This position #50668748 is located in the Office of Management and Finance, Legal Division, in Baton Rouge, LA, East Baton Rouge Parish.

This position may be filled by probational appointment or promotion of a classified Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry employee serving with permanent status. Applicants who are not permanent employees of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be required to serve a 24 month probationary period.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

Resumes Will Not be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

All applicants selected for employment must submit to drug screening.

If you are contacted for an interview, please let us know at that time if you have a need a special accommodation for a disability.

For further information about this vacancy contact:
  • Brittany Evans
  • Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70806

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry strictly prohibits workplace harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, religion, national origin, military service, sickle cell trait, protected genetic information or other non-merit factor. LDAF also strictly prohibits employment decisions based upon or influenced by such factors.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possession of a license to practice law in the state of Louisiana, plus two years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Job Concepts
Function of Work:
  • To represent a department in court or legal proceedings and/or to issue advisory opinions.

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
General from a higher ranking attorney, administrative law judge, or other agency administrator/executive.

Supervision Exercised:
May provide programmatic guidance over legal issues involved in assigned area of work.

Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.

Job Distinctions:
  • Differs from Attorney 1 by the level of supervision received and the level of expertise required in the preparation of legal opinions/courts cases assigned or hearings conducted.
  • Differs from Attorney 3 by supervision received, the absence of specialization in a specific area of law, and/or the complexity of the hearings conducted.

Examples of Work:
This position is located within the Office of Management & Finance Legal department and funded by the Office of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (AES), within the Department of Agriculture and Forestry. This position reports directly to the Executive Counsel and is assigned to provide legal duties.

20% - Case Preparation and Presentation
Assists in investigating complaints regarding possible violations of laws or rules and regulations applicable to the agency and other matters that are being considered for possible administrative, civil, or criminal action. The investigatory duties may include locating and interviewing witnesses and obtaining and authenticating or validating information and documents.

Assists in determining whether a complaint and any resulting investigation indicates that the action complained of is apparent violation of applicable laws or regulations and whether there is sufficient evidence to support the filing of administrative charges or the taking of other legal action in regard to the complaint; recommend or advise against enforcement proceedings; and obtain and incorporate technical information from the agency's technical staff into memoranda and for use in agency proceedings.

20% - Administrative Hearing
Prepares for and presents administrative adjudicatory hearings among various boards and commissions. Assists in preparation, research, and monitoring of cases in litigation in state or federal court.

20% - Draft Legal Documents
Incumbent is responsible for drafting the following: charge letters, stipulations and other documents related to administrative adjudicatory proceedings; petitions, discovery, and other legal documents relative to litigation; contracts; leases, memorandums of understanding; cooperative agreements; legal memoranda and opinions; enforcement orders to responsible parties; letters and other communications to other parties and other documents relative to the business and affairs of the agency; proposed legislation, rules and regulations, and civil or criminal enforcement referral packages to the attorney general, a district attorney, state or federal agency or other law enforcement officer or agency.

15% Public Records Request
Process, collect, review, responds and track public records requests; facilitates compliance with public records law.

10% - Legal and Other Research
Conducts legal research for the purpose of finding relevant statutes, rules and regulations, ordinances, or other governmental edicts; applicable court decisions; usable articles and other writings dealing with law or facts.

10% - Legislation and Promulgating Rules and Regulations
Assist in monitoring and drafting new or proposed legislation. Prepares rules and regulations through the promulgation process provided for the Administrative Procedure Act.

5% - Administrative Duties
Prepares briefing memoranda for or to officials of the agency and the department; conducts briefings to such officials; attends or conducts meetings or conferences related to the affairs of the agency.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Functional Requirements:
  • Light to moderate lifting, 20 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 40 pounds
  • Prolonged sitting at workstation
  • Occasional bending or kneeling
  • Drive a vehicle to perform some of the duties assigned

Environmental Factors:
Working indoors and occasionally outdoors