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Counsel II
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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Counsel II
The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, golf courses, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.
The Department administers a wide array of recreation and conservation programs and facilities throughout the Commonwealth, including but not limited to: protecting, preserving and managing approximately a 1/2 million acres of land for a variety of recreation, scenic, historic, open space, habitat protection, natural resource and water supply purposes; operating and maintaining important flood control facilities and a network of historic parkways; providing environmental education programs; providing oversight of the environmental integrity of natural resources of the Commonwealth, for example regulating public and private forestry and dam safety.. Given the broad mission and activities of the agency, the Office of General Counsel serves the Department through providing legal services on a wide-range of issues that concern the Department and its more than 1,000 employees.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Counsel II.
The selected candidate will serve as Assistant General Counsel to the General Counsel in the performance of the day to day duties of that office. Responsibilities will include analyzing legal issues for the office; representing the department in various matters; communicating positions to various entities, such as other environmental agencies, environmental organizations, the business community, federal and local agencies, other departments of the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the Attorney General's Office.
Provide legal counsel to the watershed and park land protection programs, negotiate and close real estate transactions with landowners, legal representatives and attorneys, and work directly as necessary with real estate title examiners, appraisers, engineers and other consulting professionals contracted by the Department to prepare targeted parcels of open space for acquisition. Provide legal services in connection with implementing statutorily-authorized dispositions of interests in land, including fee interest, easements and long-term leases; and addressing encroachments or trespasses by others on Department land.
Provide legal services for the office's permits and leases program, including the negotiating and drafting of permits, memoranda of understanding and other agreements.
Provide legal advice and support to Department staff, particularly engineering, planning and operations staff, in connection with permitting activities associated with planned activities and projects by the Department; provide legal advice and support in connection with issues pertaining to the Department's compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including issues related to environmental statutes and regulations, and health safety and building issues.
Additional duties may include conducting legal research and advising Department staff on a range of legal matters; drafting, reviewing and analyzing proposed and current bills, legislation and regulations; assisting in the review and development of policies; representing the General Counsel at meetings; responding to inquiries and correspondence, and handling other issues or matters, as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel
*First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.*
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar and (A) at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law.
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.
*An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.*
**Job:** **Legal Services*
**Organization:** **Department of Conservation & Recreation*
**Title:** *Counsel II*
**Location:** *Massachusetts-Boston - 251 Causeway Street*
**Requisition ID:** *180001VP*

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