Applications must be submitted by: February 5, 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General is looking for an experienced, highly motivated and organized attorney to join her Environmental Crimes Strike Force as an Assistant Attorney General to handle challenging environmental enforcement actions aimed at protecting human health, safety, welfare and the natural resources of the Commonwealth.


The Environmental Crimes Strike Force investigates and prosecutes crimes that harm the state’s air, land or water, or that pose a significant threat to human health.  The Strike Force is an interagency team that includes prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office, officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and investigators, engineers and attorneys from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  Strike Force partners meet regularly to evaluate whether enforcement against particular environmental violations should be done administratively, civilly or criminally.  The most egregious violations are referred for criminal prosecution.  In the past several years, the focus of the Strike Force’s criminal prosecutions has been on improper disposal of hazardous waste, failure to properly report spills of oil or hazardous waste, failure to properly abate and dispose of asbestos, failure to abate lead paint hazards, and exposing workers and children to unsafe conditions.


Primary Duties: Investigate, develop and litigate criminal environmental cases. This Assistant Attorney General may assume an existing caseload of substantive prosecutions and investigations, as well as responsibility for handling new assignments. The duties will include reviewing referrals/complaints; overseeing and conducting grand jury investigations and presentations; evidence review; witness interviews; preparation and review of search warrants; motion practice; settlement negotiations; trial practice; collaboration with Environmental Police, State Police, MassDEP personnel and others during case development and throughout prosecution; and representing the office at meetings with government agencies and the regulated community.


Position Requirements: The position requires a highly motivated attorney with a minimum of five years’ experience in the areas of criminal law, environmental law, or both. The attorney must be able to handle complex and challenging matters and to represent the Commonwealth effectively in court and with the public. Strong writing, communication, and courtroom skills are required. Prior experience as a prosecutor is preferred. Must be a member of the Massachusetts bar.


Application Process:   Internal candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Pamela Spang, Recruitment and Hiring Coordinator, at OR by applying online through the AGO’s Employment and Recruitment website. To apply online, visit the website via this link to register, create a profile, upload your cover letter and resume, and submit an application. External candidates may only apply online using the AGO’s Employment and Recruitment website.


Inquiries regarding position & status may be made to:

John Verner, Chief, Criminal Bureau

(617) 963-2489


Bureau/Division: Criminal Bureau/Environmental Crimes Strike Force


Supervisor: John Verner, Criminal Bureau Chief


Salary: Commensurate with experience.



This Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Office actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce.