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Staff Attorney

Riley County KS

Job ID: 197006

Application Deadline: August 7, 2020.


The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting applications to fill a Staff Attorney position within our Legal Section. KDA’s purpose is to serve, promote and grow the state’s largest industry. We are an agency that focuses on creating a best-in-state plus workforce that is diligent about innovation and efficiency in our duties and customer service.

The Legal Section assists the various KDA programs as they regulate a wide variety of sectors, including water use, conservation, pesticide, fertilizer, food safety, lodging, weights and measures, plants, hemp, noxious weeds, seeds, dairy, animal health, agricultural promotion and marketing, and meat and poultry inspections. The Legal Section also provides general legal support to the agency.

Based upon candidate qualifications, opportunities exist to assist within all program areas of the agency and specific program duties can be structured around a successful candidate’s interests.


Duties include but are not limited to:

Preparing orders, pleadings, briefs, and other documents for the enforcement of all laws and regulations for which the agency is responsible, including administrative hearings and state court actions.

Advising agency programs in carrying out their regulatory duties.

Drafting administrative rules and regulations and legislation.

Research, interpret, and apply statutes, court decisions, and other legal authority as required.

Any other duties as required by the Chief Counsel or senior administration.


Minimum Requirements

Graduate of an accredited law school.

Admission to and membership in good standing with the Bar of the Supreme Court of Kansas or the ability to gain such admission.


Preferred Requirements (Not Required)

At least one year of practice.

Knowledge of agricultural and natural resource law, including property law or water law.

Knowledge of administrative law and the development of administrative rules and regulations.

Familiarity with common personnel issues at state agencies.

Experience with litigation and/or administrative hearings.


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Posted July 20, 2020

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