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Getches-Wilkinson Center Water Law Fellows

University of Colorado Boulder

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Getches-Wilkinson Center Water Law Fellows

Requisition Number: 37625
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date: 01-May-2022
Date Posted: 15-Mar-2022

Job Summary

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 endeavors to 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 Wilkinson.

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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 law.

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 leadership training.

What You Should Know

  • 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 employment.

What We Can Offer

  • 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 environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • J.D.
  • Minimum of three years relevant practical experience since receiving your J.D.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent writing skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrated experience or background in water law or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental research.
  • Commitment to serving diverse and underrepresented communities.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. 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 this time.

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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