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DNR Legal Intern

Date Posted:  Jun 27, 2024
Requisition ID:  445493

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR):
The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education. To satisfy such a broad and diverse responsibility, the Department is divided into two distinct areas of responsibility: the Regulatory Management Team; and the Land Management Team. The Regulatory Management Team consists of the Divisions of Water; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Historic Preservation and Archaeology; Reclamation; and Oil and Gas. Outdoor recreation and land management programs are housed within the Land Management Team. That unit consists of State Parks; Nature Preserves; Land Acquisition; Fish and Wildlife; Outdoor Recreation and Forestry.


Role Overview: 

DNR Legal provides legal support to all Divisions within DNR, including but not limited to Water, Fish & Wildlife, Reclamation, and Law Enforcement. DNR Legal consists of the General Counsel, two Assistant General Counsels, three senior attorneys, and a paralegal. We are currently seeking a law clerk to assist the Assistant General Counsel and senior attorney for the Regulatory Bureau in representing the agency on administrative review cases. In addition, the law clerk may review public records requests, assist with civil cases handled by the Attorney General, conduct legal research, and draft legal memorandums and other documents. This position is intermittent, offering approximately a minimum of 20-25 hours per week during the summer and 15-20 hours during the school year the hours are negotiable upon selection of a candidate. 


When applying, please submit a short (10 pages or less) writing sample, along with your other materials. Please attach your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as one document under the "Resume" attachment option.

Salary Statement

This intermittent law clerk position will pay $20.00/hour.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis.
  • Prepare draft discovery requests and dispositive motions.
  • Update litigation status on the case management system.
  • Document review for discovery and public records requests.
  • Communicate with DNR staff and legal admin.
  • Provide administrative support.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • The ideal candidate for this law clerk position is currently enrolled in an accredited law school as an incoming 2L or 3L and has an interest in natural resources and conservation law.
  • Strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Experience with Thomson Reuters and Westlaw Edge.
  • Organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period  


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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