Earthjustice

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice
Feb 12, 2020
Full time
Earthjustice is hiring a Staff Scientist who will focus on policy advocacy to reduce toxic exposures.  This position can be based in New York, NY or Washington, DC.  The Healthy Communities program is at the heart of Earthjustice’s mission to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment. This program encompasses work on preventing exposure to toxics in air, water, consumer products, food, and the built environment, as well as related domestic and international issues. The Scientist will work across many disciplines to help develop innovative strategies designed to identify and reduce exposures to toxic chemicals, such as drinking water contaminants and pesticides. These include, for example, strategies to: develop the factual basis for obtaining stronger regulation of toxic substances in all media; ensure scientifically rigorous assessments of hazard, exposure, and risk under environmental and public health laws; support the elimination of toxic chemicals and additives in food and food packaging; identify hazards and exposures from petrochemical production and use; and pioneer development of leading-edge laws and policies that can serve as models for states and the federal government. The Scientist will help advance these policies through litigation and policy advocacy at the federal and state levels. Responsibilities include: Conduct scientific and technical research to help design and guide policy advocacy, and support litigation. Evaluate the scientific and technical bases for potential new cases or issues, developing research strategies in areas new to the team. Identify and collaborate with individuals and organizations with relevant scientific and technical expertise. Supervise science fellows and interns. Manage scientific and technical consultants. Draft client and expert declarations. Testify on proposed legislation. Review, analyze, and summarize case-related scientific documents and information, as well as more general environmental planning documents, technical support documents, scientific studies, and other scientific and technical information to support legal strategies. Draft and submit formal requests to agencies for public records. Communicate and participate in meetings with clients, experts, coalition partners, donors, trustees, elected officials, and government agencies. Conduct quantitative data analyses. Present at scientific conferences and meetings, and in university courses. Build scientific and technical records on rulemakings that may be subject to Earthjustice litigation, including drafting comment letters. Draft and fact-check scientific and technical information in fact sheets, press releases, blogs, news articles, slides, reports, and other materials for internal use or external use with clients, coalitions, the media, and others. Draft scientific and technical portions of pleadings. Conduct internal trainings on scientific and technical issues relevant to Earthjustice cases, e.g., quantitative risk assessment. Identify, collaborate, develop, and manage relationships with individuals and organizations with relevant scientific and technical expertise. Assist litigation operations team with coordination and maintenance of key research databases and scientific resource needs. Conduct outreach to potential and existing client groups, including from diverse and/or under-served communities. Contribute to and participate in strategic planning and internal team-building and coordination efforts. Qualifications: Doctoral or Master’s Degree in in environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology, exposure sciences, or a related scientific field. At least 5 years of experience in scientific research. Experience with human health and/or ecological risk assessment preferred. Exceptional scientific ability manifested both in a specific area and in the ability to work in areas outside of one’s core expertise; i.e. both have a specific relevant expertise and be an excellent scientific generalist (quick study; good communicator; broad general knowledge). Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Excellent ability to perform quantitative data analysis. Excellent ability to understand factual, scientific, technical, economic, historical, and policy aspects of issues and quickly and transfer this knowledge to attorneys in a coherent and non-technical fashion. Excellent Internet and traditional research and computer skills, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel or at least one statistical programming language (e.g., Stata). Excellent ability to interact effectively with clients, experts, coalition partners, elected officials, and government staff, including government scientists. Attention to detail, and comfort in working with deadlines. Outstanding organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team, and also the ability to work independently. Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. Salary depends on experience (DOE) and location . Salary range for New York, NY $86,400-$96,000. Salary range for Washington, DC $82,100-$91,200. We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Application Procedure:  Interested candidates should submit the following documents and indicate which role, and what location you are interested in: One or two page cover letter that addresses each of the following: (1) Which specific role are you interested in and location; (2) aspects of your background that are relevant to the qualifications listed above; (3) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (4) how your time at Earthjustice would contribute to your career aspirations. Writing sample List of three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence.  Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.  As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. 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Earthjustice Washington, DC, USA
Feb 12, 2020
Full time
Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Research and Policy Analyst to join its Washington, D.C., office.  The Research and Policy Analyst will support the D.C. Office’s programmatic focus on energy and air pollution issues in the mid-Atlantic through efforts to promote a shift away from fossil fuels and toward equitable zero-emissions solutions across the power, transportation, and building sectors.  The work will include developing factual support for litigation and advocacy, drafting and editing comment letters or other advocacy documents, engaging in advocacy work with government decision makers, and developing and maintaining relationships with clients and other partners. Responsibilities: Litigation Support Responsibilities (50%) Conduct preliminary case inquiries and investigate potential new cases, including preparing factual research, analysis and organization of relevant information, and preparation of a written report. Conduct factual research to support all stages of litigation. Assist with drafting of client and expert declarations. Summarize case-related documents and information. Review and interpret agency policy and planning documents, technical support documents, and other factual and technical information relevant to legal strategies. Draft and submit formal requests to agencies for public records. Communicate with clients, experts, and government agencies. Draft comment letters and present public comments and testimony at agency hearings. Conduct media outreach and coordinate with the Communications Department. Draft fact sheets, press releases, blogs, new articles, and other materials. Produce multi-media materials (including GIS mapping) for case development and litigation. Proofread pleadings. Draft factual portions of pleadings. Other Advocacy Responsibilities (50%) Conduct outreach to potential and existing client groups, including groups from diverse and/or under-served communities, and otherwise cultivate allies, thoughtful partnerships, and coalitions in support of assigned issues. Develop and maintain relationships with regional, state, and federal agencies and engage in advocacy to promote programmatic priorities. Track and analyze legislative and administrative policy initiatives relating to assigned issues in coordination with the Policy and Legislation department. Develop advocacy materials, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts, blogs, and other educational materials for affiliated coalitions and the public. Coordinate briefings, seminars, and informational sessions with partners. Educate decision makers on key legal challenges and rulings. Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues. Manage projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by contractors, litigation assistants, interns, or others. Work with the Communications Department to develop media strategies and conduct outreach to media on assigned issues. Support client coalitions by participating in committee groups, attending conferences, maintaining websites, and tracking political and regulatory developments. Track environmental news relevant to assigned issue areas throughout the region and identify matters that may warrant further consideration for Earthjustice engagement. Monitor developments in programmatic priorities by attending relevant agency hearings and preparing and presenting comments as needed. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred), preferably in Natural or Applied Sciences. Strong commitment to protection of human health and the environment. Experience with transportation, energy, climate and/or clean air policy issues preferred. Ability to understand scientific and technical issues quickly and synthesize this information for attorneys. Ability to explain complex facts and technical issues in a manner understandable to the general public. Experience working with traditional and social media. Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and ARC GIS. Significant online and traditional research experience. Ability to communicate effectively with clients, experts and agency staff, as well as take proactive role in coalitions and other partnership opportunities. Ability to work on cross-functional teams. Attention to detail. Outstanding organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently, quickly, proactively, and with deadlines. Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Desire and ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. Salary depends on experience (DOE) and location. Salary range in Washington, DC is: $64,300- 71,400. We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !