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State of Minnesota Attorney 2 in St. Paul, Minnesota

Working Title: Attorney 2

Job Class: Attorney 2

Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Job ID : 76530

  • Location : St. Paul

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Unlimited

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/15/2024

  • Closing Date : 06/04/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources

  • Division/Unit : Enforcement

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $36.34 - $54.07 / hourly; $75,877 - $112,898 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

This position provides legal research, analysis, counsel and assistance to the Enforcement Division senior management and staff. The incumbent works in conjunction with DNR General Counsel, and through its direction, the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, and legal counterparts from other entities. As needed and assigned, the incumbent’s focus will be directed to specific issues/tasks within the Division of Enforcement, providing targeted counsel and assistance to meet the division’s needs. In addition to rendering advisory legal analysis and opinions to agency staff, the incumbent’s duties may also include (1) review, drafting, and other assistance with regard to division agreements, policies and procedures; (2) assistance with legislative affairs; (3) litigation management, when directed by DNR General Counsel; (4) legal analysis and assistance with requests under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act; (5) creation and delivery of training to division staff and external stakeholder entities; and (6) provide insight on labor negotiations proposals . The incumbent will also perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.)

Current licensure in good standing to practice law in the State of Minnesota.

Three years of professional experience practicing law including conducting legal research, providing client advice, drafting agreements and other legal documents, and interpreting legal authority.

Demonstrated human relations and communication skills, effective writing, listening, persuasion and ability to develop consensus among diverse interests in an objective and fair manner.

Conflict management skills to analyze and resolve ambiguous or controversial situations and make difficult decisions on policy/program direction, staff, budget, etc.

Problem solving skills sufficient to define, understand, analyze, prioritize, and recommend solutions to complex problems related to operations, policy, and program priorities.

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of clientele, both internal and external to the Division and Department.

Ability to produce written products that are thorough in content and professional in appearance.

Ability to plan and deliver complex legal training to small and large groups.

Experience in one or more of the following areas: natural resources law, employment law, government grants/contracts/acquisitions, civil litigation, or the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act or closely related field as determined by the hiring agency.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in the public sector, including state or local government.

Experience working regularly with natural resources protection regulations and laws.

Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate, mediate, negotiate, manage relationships, and maintain positive working relationships with tribal communities.

Knowledge of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and ability to analyze data, determine classification of data, and provide protection of not public data.

Experience developing and conducting staff trainings related to relevant law enforcement issues.

Strong ability to analyze and summarize diverse information sources.

Experience in developing legislative proposals and testifying before state/federal legislative bodies.

Knowledge of the legislative process and functions.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

• Conflict of Interest Review

• Criminal History Check

• Education Verification

• Employment Reference / Records Check

• License / Certification Verification


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.