Closing Date: 12th July, 2024


Alaska's history, culture, and economy are inextricably bound to the State's natural resources. Natural Resources section attorneys work closely with client program managers in a variety of capacities, including litigation in administrative, state, and federal forums, complex litigation, administrative appeals, major infrastructure development projects and program initiatives, legislation and regulation drafting, and daily operational advice. The section's work involves advising clients and litigation regarding: management of the state's fish and game resources, administration of the state's 100-million-acre land base, major infrastructure development projects (roads, mines, rail corridors, dams, etc.), and projects involving other state land administrators (the Trust Land Office, the Alaska Railroad Corporation, the University of Alaska) and private landowners. Working in the Natural Resources section offers a unique opportunity to participate in development of Alaska natural resource management law, support dynamic resource management programs, and witness real-world application of the legal advice provided. Section attorneys typically specialize in particular program areas, but the section functions as a team and attorneys often perform work outside their primary area of responsibility. Opportunities to work on special projects or in newly identified program areas also occur.

The section currently seeks an experienced attorney to advise and litigate on behalf of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Board of Game (BOG), and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Travel to board meetings and for litigation appearances is required. Litigation in state and federal courts will be a significant part of the job.

The attorney hired for this position will be trained to serve as the lead attorney on wildlife management advice and litigation but will be assigned a variety of matters in the section's portfolio, including litigation and advice in support of DNR land, mining, water, and other programs.

Attorneys in the Civil Division work on matters of statewide importance, all while living and enjoying all Alaska has to offer. If you enjoy complex and impactful legal work along with dramatic scenery, outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, kayaking, and abundant wildlife, then the Alaska Department of Law, Civil Division is the place for you. Flexible schedules, including hybrid telework arrangements, may be available.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles applicable to state government. Five or more years of experience in natural resources issues and transactions, including state and federal litigation, fish and game management, land law, water law, and administrative law is strongly preferred. Qualified applicants must have strong communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills; must demonstrate excellent professional judgment; and must exhibit an interest in working on complex matters. The ability to handle a high volume of work that includes federal and state court litigation, cooperatively prioritize work with several clients, and develop and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues and clients is essential. Successful applicants will have strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work well with colleagues and support staff. Successful applicants will be highly motivated and able to work individually and as a member of a team with minimum supervision.