WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY & NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTION LITIGATION ATTORNEY

  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Jan 01, 2019
Advocacy and Policy Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental & Energy Law Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ATTORNEY – NATURAL RESOURCES – PROTECTING WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY, & MIDWEST’S WILDLIFE AND SPECIAL PLACES

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is hiring a skilled public interest litigation attorney with 8+ years of strong federal and state court, and administrative, litigation experience for a full-time position in downtown Chicago or Washington, D.C. offices. This ELPC attorney will work on our natural resources preservation legal and policy advocacy, which now focuses on protecting the Great Lakes, Northwoods and Driftless Area, and wildlife and biodiversity.  This is a great position for a top-rate litigator who loves the outdoors and wants to devote her/his professional work to protecting the Midwest’s vital natural resources and wild and special places.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Key litigation role advancing ELPC’s innovative and successful environmental program activities focused on protecting wildlife and biodiversity and the Midwest’s wild and special places.  First-chair natural resources protection litigation and help lead policy advocacy campaigns in the “courts of public opinion” to succeed.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Staff to help prioritize and provide savvy results-focused strategic direction for ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program.  Work effectively in ELPC’s public interest entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team culture. Fundraise to support ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program activities and expand program success.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This attorney should have 8+ years litigation experience, preferably with a practice including environmental and natural resources legal and policy issues.  The ideal background would be a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and appellate experience.  Excellent writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  Strong academic background desired. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals are required.  This attorney should thrive on engaging with project teams including scientists, MBAs and policy and media specialists.  Ability and drive to win, achieve results and produce successes.

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Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure, which is competitive with other major public interest environmental law organizations. Excellent benefits provided.