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Staff Attorney

Date Posted: 12/4/2018
Department: Programs
Type of Employment: Full-Time

Position Title: Staff Attorney 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Status: Permanent, full-time salaried position


The Staff Attorney works with the Energy and Water Program Directors to ensure the adoption and implementation of appropriate rules, policies, and voluntary actions to meet air and water quality standards, expand renewable energy development, and to ensure the health and safety of Iowans.  

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Depending on funding and capacity for projects and program work, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the following:

  • Research and write briefs, petitions, white papers, memorandums, reports, and conduct research on legal/policy issues related to clean water and clean energy and make recommendations for action.
  • Draft briefs for proceedings at the Iowa Utilities Board.
  • Represent IEC at the Iowa Utilities Board.
  • Review local regulations and policies regarding wind and solar.
  • Track legal proceedings related to renewable energy and consider intervention where appropriate.
  • Review Clean Water permits such as NPDES permits for wastewater, storm water, and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for wetland dredge and fill (Section 404) permits and state 401 certifications; and prepare draft permit comments.
  • Review state water quality enforcement and compliance issues and make recommendations for Council action.
  • Assist outside counsel with permit challenges and other litigation, and oversee litigation processes internally.
  • Review agency-proposed plans, policies, permits, regulations, and rules implementing Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act requirements, and draft public comments.
  • Assist with development of Council communications, newsletters, action alerts and other communications.
  • Represent the Council at agency, legislative, public, and stakeholder meetings.



  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa
  • J.D.  with emphases on environmental law, administrative law, and land and/or natural resources
  • Professional experience working with environmental regulations (either paid or unpaid, e.g. internship).

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects without losing sight of the “big picture”
  • Excellent communication skills; proven ability to write and speak in a clear and compelling fashion
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Self-motivation and initiative
  • An eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment
  • A passion for IEC’s mission


  • Prior related work experience in water and/or renewable energy policy development, advocacy or other
  • Prior related work experience in wetland protection, restoration, ecology, or other
  • Existing relationships with state agencies, conservation groups, businesses, or other interest groups
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
  • GIS experience
  • Flexible daytime schedule to attend meetings and other events as needed

Benefits Include:

  • Vacation and Sick Leave        
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • IRA
  • Flex Savings
  • Paid Covered Parking
  • Newly Remodeled Office Space in Historic Downtown Building 

Compensation:  Up to $58,000, commensurate with experience and education

Please send resume, cover letter and unofficial transcripts to Kitty Jacobson; jacobson@iaenvironment.org

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