Saint Paul, Minnesota
Feb 23, 2022
Mar 14, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time

S1 Salary Range: $30.80 - $47.82/hourly; $64,310 - $99,848/annually

S2 Salary Range: $37.90 - $56.02/hourly; $79,135 - $116,969/annually

S3 Salary Range: $42.64 - $68.93/hourly; $89,032 - $143,925/annually

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and a 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

The Office is seeking to fill two litigation positions in its Environmental & Natural Resources Division.  The ENR Division represents state agencies, the Office, and the people of Minnesota in matters impacting the environment and the responsible uses of the State’s natural resources.

The first position is for an Assistant Attorney General to serve in all capacities in representing the State and its agencies in litigation matters.  The primary tasks of the appointed attorneys will be to represent State agencies in enforcement matters and their permitting and regulatory decisions.

The second position is for a Special Assistant Attorney General to serve as a fellow sponsored by the New York University School of Law State Energy & Environmental Impact Center (State Impact Center).  The Special Assistant Attorney will focus on litigation and regulatory matters designed to combat climate change and foster and improve clean energy initiatives.  The position is guaranteed for one year and has the opportunity to continue after that year if funding remains available.  Under the structure of this fellowship, the appointed attorney will work solely under the direction of the Office but would be an employee of NYU.  The non-partisan State Impact Center supports state attorneys general in defending and promoting clean energy, climate, and environmental laws and policies. More information about the State Impact Center can be found at

The attorneys we seek for both positions will handle all aspects of a set of assigned cases – including dispositive motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeal.  Because cases can be venued anywhere in the state, periodic travel throughout Minnesota may be required. 

Applicants may apply for one or both positions and should note in their cover letter which positions they are applying for.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • An interest in environmental law and protecting the State’s environment and natural resources
  • Desire and interest in litigating autonomously and making strategic legal decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
  • Ability to travel to counties throughout the state
  • Experience using electronic files and case management tools
  • Ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 2 (S2) level applicants must have 5 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 3 (S3) level applicants must have 10 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years of direct civil litigation experience
  • A background in environmental litigation or advocacy 

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation, and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees. (Visit for more information.)

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2022.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 53202
  3. Please ensure to include a cover letter indicating which position(s) you wish to be considered for and a writing sample of up to five pages (both to be included within the cover letter).


If you have questions, contact Sarah Spence-Koivisto at or 651/757-1050.

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