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Employment Opportunities

Environmental Crimes/Fish & Game Prosecutor

Office of Special Prosecutions – Full-Time; Anchorage

The Office of Special Prosecutions is recruiting to fill an Assistant Attorney General position that will prosecute both environmental and fish and game offenses. This position is located in Anchorage but will handle cases statewide.

As an Environmental Crimes Prosecutor you will work with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and be responsible for prosecuting cases statewide that are referred by the Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Alaska State Troopers for violations of state laws regulating hazardous waste disposal, oil spills, air and water pollution, mining, forestry, water use, seafood processing, and other environmental and human-health related issues. The Environmental Crimes Prosecutor is also responsible for animal welfare cases referred by the State Veterinarian. The cases typically involve complex regulatory schemes and large amounts of business-related evidence and documents.

This individual works closely with the division’s counterparts in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Environmental Crimes Prosecutor also represents the Attorney General’s Office on the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force, an interagency federal-state task force dedicated to environmental crimes enforcement. The position also serves as the criminal representative for the State of Alaska for the Western States Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the environmental programs of its members, consisting of Western U.S. states and Canadian provinces. For more information about the Environmental Crimes Unit, please visit the Alaska Department of Law website at: http://law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/criminal_div.html.

A Fish & Game Prosecutor is responsible for prosecuting those individuals who violate state laws and regulations designed to protect and manage the State’s fish and game resources. Cases include issues such as commercial fisheries and big game violations, unlawful harvest and sales of wild-stocks, illegal sport-fish activities, and illegal guiding activities. This prosecutor works closely with more than 100 state fish and wildlife officers, various state boards, and several federal law enforcement agencies to protect wildlife across the state. In doing so, you will help protect the very culture of Alaska.

This position is typically involved in cases from the outset of the investigation, providing legal advice to the lead investigative agencies. You would be responsible for screening cases and making charging decisions, presenting cases to the grand jury, motion practice, trial prosecution, responding to post-conviction relief applications, sentence appeals, and petitions to revoke probation. You will also be called on to provide legal guidance to DEC’s regulatory programs or to the Department of Public Safety Wildlife Troopers and the Department of Fish & Game on matters of criminal enforcement and case development.

This position requires the ability to think critically and reason logically; the ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing; the ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a deadline controlled atmosphere; and the ability to manage numerous matters simultaneously. The ideal candidate will possess two to three years of criminal prosecution experience, be highly self-motivated, and be an active participant in all stages of ongoing investigations from initiation to prosecution.

Salary will be determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate with a starting range between approximately $75,000 - $89,000. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years and there are opportunities for promotion. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a retirement account in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of your gross eligible salary; an additional Supplemental Benefits System in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay (this system takes the place of social security for State of Alaska employees); options for deferred compensation; 21 days of personal leave for new employees, which increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses. 

Individuals requesting more information may contact Senior Assistant Attorney General John Darnall at (907) 269-6250 or by email at john.darnall@alaska.gov .

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Other items that should be included are a comprehensive professional writing sample and a cover letter that specifies which position the applicant is applying for. If applying for multiple positions, the cover letter should specify which of the positions the applicant wishes to be considered for, but only one set of application materials is necessary.

Preferably, applications may be submitted electronically to: CriminalLawRecruit@alaska.gov

or via hard copy to:

Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973 or the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.  A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.