Program & Legal Assistant, Utah

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary based on relative experience. WRA will provide the salary range to applicants invited in for a first-round interview.



Start Date


Application Deadline



Salt Lake City
United States


Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.


In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:


·        Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;

·        Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;

·        Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and

·        The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


Position Summary

WRA is seeking a full-time Program & Legal Assistant who is passionate about protection of the natural environment to perform administrative duties to support WRA’s mission and the smooth functioning of WRA’s Salt Lake City office. This position is ideally suited for a legal assistant with at least two (2) years of experience, preferably in electric utility regulation and/or administrative law, and an interest in environmental and clean energy issues. This position will report to WRA’s Senior Staff Attorney in our Salt Lake City office.



The position is based in WRA’s Salt Lake City, Utah, office.


Job Responsibilities

·        Assisting WRA staff attorneys and experts by providing general office and legal support.

·        Organizing necessary travel on behalf of staff.

·        Answering phones and directing calls as appropriate.

·        Office management, including handling miscellaneous office business as it arises (coordinating IT-related repairs, ordering office supplies, mailing packages, etc.)

·        Preparing and reconciling monthly expense reports and reimbursement claims.

·        Keeping office organized via mail intake, filing, managing dockets and cases, and updating online case log.

·        Assisting with preparation of reports, studies, litigation/docket files and binders; locating and preparing exhibits; filing documents with agencies and/or courts; and tracking case dockets.

·        Other tasks as assigned.



·        At least 2 years of administrative office and/or legal assistant experience.

·        Exceptional time management skills.

·        Strong organizational skills with ability to manage a deadline-driven docket of regulatory litigation.

·        Strong communication, writing and editing skills.

·        Administrative/legal office experience, including document production.

·        Basic computer knowledge with a mastery of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.

·        Proficient with computers and general office equipment.

·        Legal work background and expertise, with an emphasis on administrative law preferred.

·        Passion for conserving and protecting our natural environment.

Deadline to Apply:  November 13, 2018


Start Date: January 2, 2019


Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.





WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3-week paid vacation leave, parental leave, and sabbatical leave after five years. Position is full-time non-exempt.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted only through WRA’s online portal at will need to upload the following in PDF format through the online portal:


·        Cover letter to the attention of Richard Trilsch, Vice President of Finance and Administration, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA;

·        Current Resume;

·        Any salary requirement;

·        Three references, including at least one former supervisor. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)


Please be sure to mention in your cover letter where you saw the job advertised.