Closing Date: 22nd February, 2023


Purpose of Position:
Looking for a rewarding career and growth opportunity? The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking highly engaged talent o assist us in our mission to protect and restore the environment and foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. Come be a part of our great team for change! Learn more at:

As a valued new employee to the NM Environment Department, you will receive five (5) full days of leave in your leave balances right from your start date.

This Posting Will Be Used for Ongoing Recruitment and May Close at Any Time. Applicant Lists May Be Screened More Than Once.

Why Does the Job Exist?
The Attorney Ill represents agencies and clients in the most complex, difficult and sensitive matters in administrative and judicial proceedings. This position applies a mastery of the law, agency programs, and the environment in which the agency operates to achieve a broad range of goals including providing regular legal advice to the Department Secretary, Directors, and Bureaus.

How Does It Get Done?
The Attorney Ill represents the Environment Department in complex and difficult Administrative and Judicial Proceedings which requires strict adherence to applicable statutory and administrative law as well as applicable procedures and time deadlines. This position works as co-counsel and lead counsel on cases which will include: research and preparation all aspects of a case thoroughly and competently; negotiation, drafting, and finalization of disputes, agreements, and settlements; witnesses preparation; drafting motions, findings of fact and conclusions of law, and briefs as needed. The Attorney Ill will also provide regular general advice to Department staff.

Who Are the Customers?
This job is done for all New Mexicans to protect and restore the environment. This position may have occasional contact with external Federal, State and Local regulatory bodies as well as contractors and environmental not for profit organizations. This position will have contact with internal staff as well.

Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate would have a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited school of law and at least four years of experience in the practice of Environmental Law with administrative and regulatory law included. Superb writing skills, considerable experience drafting regulations, negotiating settlements, representing clients, and the ability to work on multiple tasks under tight deadlines are necessary.

Minimum Qualification:
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and four (4) years of experience in the practice of law. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of New Mexico or qualified to apply for limited practice license (Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA). For more information on limited practice licenses, please visit

Substitutions may apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table
No substitutions. Must possess required licensure, certification or registration and required number of years of experience

Employment Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver's License. Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive a Defensive Driving Course certificate as a condition of continued employment. In state and out of state travel may be required.

Working Conditions:
State of New Mexico employees may be impacted by the Public Health Order dated December 19, 2022, which requires facilities licensed or certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), including all hospital types, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice facilities and rehabilitation facilities, as well as assisted living facilities and adult day care settings, to adhere to all COVID-related requirements prescribed by CMS, including, but not limited to masking and staff vaccination.

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT), extensive computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required.

Supplemental Information:
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Bargaining Unit Position:
This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.