Clean Energy Policy Advocate & Staff Attorney

  • Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Augusta, ME, United States
  • Jul 13, 2017
Full time Advocacy Energy Energy Efficiency Energy - Solar Energy - Wind Environmental & Energy Law Environmental Protection

Job Description

Job Summary:

Helps advance NRCM initiatives by providing legal, policy and advocacy support primarily for the Climate & Clean Energy Project. Represents NRCM at the Public Utilities Commission and other legal forums and, as needed, at the Legislature, working groups, and coalitions. Works with the Climate & Clean Energy Project Director and energy team to advance the goals of the project, and works with other teams and departments as needed to help serve the strategic goals of the organization. 


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • At least two years of experience with environmental or regulatory law preferred
  • Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups, including other non-profits, business leaders, and energy stakeholders.
  • Ability to learn policy issues quickly, and communicate complex issues in simple and persuasive terms to the public, lawmakers, and other interested parties.
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to Maine’s environment.

Supervisor: Climate & Clean Energy Project Director

Status: Full-time, Salaried

Job Responsibilities:

  • Represent NRCM at the Public Utilities Commission in adjudicatory and non-adjudicatory proceedings related to energy matters (e.g. energy efficiency, renewable energy procurement, energy infrastructure, electrification and grid modernization) through written filings and in-person appearances.
  • Work with the Climate & Clean Energy Project Director and key allies to intervene strategically on key matters before the Public Utilities Commission, including participating in written and oral discovery and public hearings, and writing testimony, comments and briefs.
  • Conduct policy research and legal analysis to support key climate and energy campaigns.
  • Help analyze and craft legislation to advance or defend clean energy and climate policies.
  • Provide written and oral testimony to legislative committees as needed to support the Climate & Clean Energy Project.
  • Participate in diverse coalitions and working groups on strategic clean energy and climate issues, in particular, those related to regulatory affairs.
  • Help build an expanding network of strategic relationships with key stakeholders, business and community leaders, and other organizations and individuals who may help advance energy and climate change policies in Maine and the region.
  • Deliver presentations at events on energy issues as needed to support the Climate & Clean Energy Project.
  • Work with the Climate & Clean Energy Project Director to develop annual work plans.
  • Provide general legal support as needed to other projects, departments, and the organization as a whole in support of the Senior Staff Attorney.

NRCM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Physical Requirements of the Job

The job requires periodic driving to and from NRCM events, occasional driving for field outreach to all parts of the state, and very occasional out-of-state travel for conferences or other professional development. A valid license and working automobile are needed. The job also requires working at a computer station for substantial lengths of time; performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and lifting objects up to twenty pounds.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workplace Environment

NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.


NRCM is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation to its employees. We base our compensation decisions on:

  • A biennial market survey of comparable organizations and localities
  • High employee performance that advances our strategic plan and other organizational priorities.
  • Availability of financial resources for the organization.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by July 24, 2017, to
Leisa Hodgkins at


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