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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Natural Resources Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office (position open until filled)

The Natural Resources section of the Department of Law is looking for two talented and hard-working attorneys to join our active legal team in Anchorage. If you want to be a part of a collegial and collaborative workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for these full-time positions on November 13, 2018. Attorneys who applied for these positions in response to the August 2018 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for these vacancies and need not resubmit an application. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available. Applicants who have questions about these positions should contact the section supervisor identified below.

The Office

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Department of Law is comprised of 13 different sections throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

The Natural Resources section provides legal advice to and represents the state departments, boards, and commissions that manage and regulate Alaska's natural resources, including its land, water, oil, gas, fish, game, timber, and minerals. The section helps to ensure that the state’s natural resources are managed and allocated by state agencies in a manner that is consistent with the law, defends the state’s natural resource agencies against legal challenges to actions taken by them, and litigates disputes involving the state’s proprietary interests in its natural resources. The section protects the state’s title to its lands; advises the governor on matters involving the state’s natural resources; represents state agencies in the investigation, defense, and prosecution of claims concerning the state’s oil and gas royalty and taxation programs; advises the Boards of Fisheries and Game, and provides legal advice to state agencies concerning the development and use of state water, land, oil, gas, timber, and mineral resources. The section also litigates issues raised by conflicts between state and federal jurisdiction and advises state agencies concerning management of Alaska's mental health trust land. The section consists of 14 attorneys in Anchorage office and four attorneys in the Juneau office. For more information, please see our website:

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.

Job description

The attorneys hired for these positions will represent and advise the State of Alaska in both litigation and transactional work concerning natural resource matters that involve significant state revenues and interests. The attorney primarily will represent and advise the Department of Natural Resources on a diverse range of legal matters, which may include oil, gas, and mining leasing, permitting, and royalties, state land and water issues, and also will be responsible for providing aid to state agencies in legislative and regulatory matters, including the review, analysis, drafting, and promulgation of state statutes and regulations. The selected candidate will practice in the state and federal courts, including both trial and appellate courts, and before administrative agencies. Some travel may be necessary.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills, and good judgment. The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential. At least three years of experience in natural resources issues and transactions, including state and federal litigation or administrative proceedings, is strongly preferred. Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, and an interest in working on complex cases. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work as a member of a team with minimum supervision.

Individuals who would like additional information about these positions may contact Seth Beausang at (907) 269-5100 or by e-mail at

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for these positions must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position(s) for which the applicant is applying.  Applications can be either emailed to (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.