The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the
Environment (GWC) at the University of Colorado Law School is
seeking two outstanding — early career — attorneys to serve as the
next GWC Water Law Fellows. Fellows will work on the most pressing
water law reform issues of the day under the guidance of the GWC
and in partnership with leaders from the non-profit, government,
and private sectors.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Getches-Wilkinson Center for
Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
serve the people of the American West, the nation, and the world
through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive
teaching and innovative problem solving in order to further true
sustainability for our use of the lands, waters, and environment.
Major programs and initiatives focus on natural resources, water
and public lands issues in Colorado and the West; energy and
environmental security in the developing world; electricity
regulation and energy policy; climate change law and policy; and
native communities and environmental justice. The name comes from
the contributions of two iconic figures in the law school’s
environmental law history, David Getches and Charles
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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
The overarching objective of the Fellows Program is to create a
matchless educational and mentoring experience that will prepare
the Fellows to become leaders in the field. The intensive two-year
program will immerse the Fellows in the real world challenges of
water law and policy .
During the program, the Fellows will
be actively engaged in water law reform in the public interest and
will hone their leadership, communication, advocacy, and research
skills. The Fellows will work with GWC faculty and staff, and with
partner organizations on a wide array of emerging issues. This work
will be done at every level — federal, state, tribal, county, city,
and international — and could include developing proposed
legislation/regulations, policy implementation, and filing amicus
briefs. Fellows will be expected to attend and participate in major
meetings, conferences, and hearings; publish white papers and law
reform recommendations; perhaps offer testimony at hearings and
make public addresses; draft media content on emerging issues; and
work on projects that develop in-depth expertise in water
Housed in the GWC at Colorado Law, the Fellows will have full
access to the extraordinary resources and institutional support of
the Law School. To encourage multi-disciplinary solutions, the
Fellows will be able to draw on expertise in departments across the
University and nearby national laboratories. Under the guidance of
the GWC, Fellows will work with experts in NGOs, government, and
the private sector. Each Fellow will have a law faculty mentor as
well as the opportunity receive professional development and
What You Should Know
What We Can Offer
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
- Two year Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellowship position.
- Salary $68,000 annually.
- Travel and training budget.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Minimum of three years relevant practical experience since
receiving your J.D.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Excellent writing skills.
- Demonstrated experience or background in water law or related
- Demonstrated experience in environmental research.
- Commitment to serving diverse and underrepresented
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position (maximum 2 pages).
You will not be asked to upload references or writing samples at
Please apply by 5/1/2022, for full consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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