The Mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to serve state government and to support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Its over 1,300 employees in nine divisions, including nearly 300 lawyers, are dedicated to the rule of law and serving the people of Oregon and its government.


  • Providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government;
  • Safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices;
  • Fighting crime and helping crime victims;
  • Advocating for vulnerable children;
  • Supporting families through the collection of child support;
  • Enforcing environmental protections;
  • Defending the civil rights of all Oregonians;
  • Pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.
  • The Department of Justice is seeking attorney applicants for an Assistant Attorney General position in the Natural Resources Section of the General Counsel Division.
  • This Portland-based position is represented by the Oregon Association of Justice Attorneys.
  • The successful applicant will enjoy a challenging and stimulating practice serving Oregon agencies on matters relating to the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Specific responsibilities will depend on experience and expertise, and may include providing advice and representing state agencies during the mediated liability allocation phase of this cleanup matter, on natural resources damages issues, and on insurance matters.
  • We seek an attorney with a strong work ethic, a commitment to public service, and demonstrated experience and skills in advocacy, analytic ability, written and verbal communication, client counseling, working with a team that includes both lawyers and non-lawyers, and working collaboratively with policy makers and stakeholders.
  • This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $6,513.00 to $12,786.00 per month, depending on experience and other factors.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Must have a minimum of three years of legal practice experience, which may include experience working as a full-time law clerk for a federal or state judge.
  • Must be able to clear all actual or potential ethical conflicts to represent the state on Portland Harbor Superfund matters.
  • Must be a member of the Oregon State Bar or qualified to gain admittance to the bar within six months of the date of hire.


  • Although not required, we seek applicants with demonstrated knowledge and practice experience working on federal and state environmental cleanup and natural resources damages matters, including under CERCLA and state laws.
  • Demonstrated litigation, mediation, and negotiation experience is strongly preferred.
  • A science background and experience working on other environmental and natural resources matters will be favorably considered, and work may include occasional projects for other state natural resources agencies.

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