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Title:  AGO Paralegal III

Application Deadline Date:  11/25/2019
Req ID:  3197
Department:  Attorney General's Office

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.35

The Vermont Attorney General's Office is hiring a paralegal for its Environmental Protection Division. The Environmental Protection Division represents the State of Vermont in state and federal courts in civil and criminal litigation, including appeals. The Division handles water, air, land use and solid waste enforcement cases, and defends the state's interests in other environmental matters. The Division also provides general advice and counseling to various state agencies on environmental and other issues and provides general legal services to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. In addition to the duties in the job description below, this position responds to constituent inquiries and public records requests; helps process referrals to the Unit; generates state and federal statistical reports; assists with legal research on cases, compiles and organizes discovery; completes and documents case-related projects and tasks; prepares notices and other legal documents; and assists in the development of presentations and training materials.


The position entails advanced paralegal work to support a busy and litigation team such as:
• drafting legal documents and pleadings
• preparing discovery requests and responses
• assembling exhibits, gathering information/evidence
• interviewing witnesses
• legal drafting correspondence
• liaison with state agencies and law firms
• Proficiency with computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel

The position is also responsible for providing administrative support for the attorneys in the Environmental Protection Division, including mailings, copies and phone coverage and other duties as assigned.

Who May Apply

This position, Attorney General's Office Paralegal III (Job Requisition # 3197), is open to all State employees and external applicants.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Robert McDougall at


Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Class Definition

Specialized legal work involving case and document preparation, technical assistance, paralegal analysis, investigation, research, interpretation, drafting of legal documents and correspondence and other forms of assistance for attorneys. Duties include case file maintenance, preparation of notices and other legal documents, monitoring the progress of judicial and administrative hearings, and liaison with state agencies, law firms and others. Work is performed with a great deal of independence under the supervision of an attorney or administrative supervisor. This is the advanced level paralegal position in state government. The work is similar but often more complex and challenging than the work assigned to the Paralegal I and Paralegal II staff. The work is performed with a great deal of independence and minimal supervision.

Environmental Factors

Duties are generally performed in office settings. Some work in the field could on rare occasions necessitate travel for which incumbents should have private means of transportation available. Some evening or overtime work may be required. Incumbents must be able to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and deal tactfully with the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree AND eight (8) or more years of experience as a paralegal.




Paralegal degree or certificate based on 30 semester credit hours of study AND eight (8) or more years of experience as a paralegal.




High school diploma or equivalent AND ten (10) or more years of experience as

a paralegal.

Special Requirements

For Positions in the Agency of Human Services, candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier