Staff Attorney or Policy Analyst - Water Program

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • May 16, 2017
Full time Advocacy Environmental & Energy Law Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Staff Attorney or Policy Analyst to work with the Water Program in our Santa Monica office. The successful candidate will be expected to play an important role in formulating and implementing NRDC’s efforts to advocate stormwater capture, pollution control and sustainable water policies in California and to advance policies addressing the water-related impacts of climate change. The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of attorneys, policy analysts and other staff engaged on these issues within the Water Program as well as across the organization and with key partners.


  • Reviewing and analyzing current federal, state and local stormwater programs and climate resilience strategies, and promoting relevant innovations
  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy relating to stormwater, water supply augmentation and climate resiliency opportunities
  • Pursuing and/or supporting litigation in state and federal court where necessary to achieve our programmatic objectives
  • Advocating at the local and national level for the use of green infrastructure, stormwater capture and improved infrastructure financing as important water quality and water supply tools
  • Promoting increased integration of water quality and water supply planning
  • Supervising the work of contractors and interns
  • Travel necessary to implement work plan objectives in national and local areas of focus


  • Law degree or advanced degree in public policy, water resources, engineering, or a related subject
  • Minimum of 1-3 years work experience in a related field
  • Knowledge of water policies, including stormwater issues and the intersection between climate change & water
  • Strong advocacy experience on environmental issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in building collaborations with non-traditional allies and in working with local, state or federal water agencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team to build upon strengths of the program

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