Job Type

Full Time


Details: Opening salary will be dependent in part on level of experience, within a salary range set for this position in the Council’s Compensation Plan.



Start Date


Application Deadline



851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1100
United States


The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has an opening in its Legal Division for an attorney. The individual in this position will work under the supervision of the Council’s General Counsel, and will be the only other attorney in the Legal Division.

The Council is an interstate compact agency formed by the states of Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho under the Northwest Power Act of 1980. Under the Act the Council develops a regional conservation and electrical generation power plan for the Pacific Northwest - the Seventh Northwest Power Plan (2016) is the latest version. The Council also develops a protection and mitigation program for fish and wildlife affected by the hydropower facilities on the Columbia River - the current version is the 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Power Plan and Fish and Wildlife Programs are largely implemented by agencies of the federal government, especially the Bonneville Power Administration.

The attorney will be involved in all aspects of the Council’s work, but will primarily work on energy, administrative and contract matters with the Council’s Power and Administrative divisions. The person who best fits this position will have particular skills, experience, knowledge and interest in matters of energy, administrative, business, and contract law - or an ability to quickly become expert in any of these fields that are lacking in their background. Applicants must have the ability to analyze a mass of information and summarize key points, write clearly and concisely, master in a deep and broad way the workings of administrative law, work with the Council’s technical staff to organize technical information into a proper legal framework, and synthesize and communicate legal considerations and advice for high-level policymakers. The work should be exciting, on the cutting edge of public policy, energy matters, and law in the Columbia River Basin and Pacific Northwest.


We are open to applicants with all levels of experience, from entry-level to attorneys with a number of years of experience. Opening salary will be dependent in part on level of experience, within a salary range set for this position in the Council’s Compensation Plan. The person who takes the position will be in a provisional status for six months, with a review for performance at the end of six months.

For further information, please call John Shurts, General Counsel, or Sharon Ossmann, Director of Finance and Administration, at 503-222-5161 or 800-452-5161.


Excellent benefits including fully paid health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and references by August 30, 2018, to:


Sharon Ossmann, Director of Finance and Administration

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1100

Portland, OR 97204

or by email to If using e-mail, please submit all documents in .pdf format.