International Ocean Wildlife Attorneys

  • Earthjustice
  • San Francisco, CA or Seattle, WA or Washington, DC
  • May 01, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Climate Change/ Resiliency Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental & Energy Law Environmental Protection Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Earthjustice is hiring two attorneys to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are using the power of the law to protect our oceans.  The attorneys will focus primarily on work with foreign nongovernmental organizations and institutions to develop and implement innovative strategies and litigation to protect keystone, highly migratory marine predator species from threats stemming from bycatch, overfishing, and pollution in select countries.  The attorneys will also engage in and support litigation in U.S. courts to protect these same species.

Earthjustice’s Oceans Program works to protect oceans and ocean wildlife from threats such as overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation.  Our team includes six full-time attorneys who litigate cases in U.S. federal courts aimed at protecting ocean resources. The positions will be part of our Oceans Program, which is based in Seattle, WA and will collaborate with our San Francisco, CA-based International Program.  The positions will preferably be based in our San Francisco, Washington D.C., or Seattle offices, but for the right candidate we would also consider placing the position elsewhere. 

Earthjustice employs both staff attorneys and associate attorneys.  We seek to fill these positions with one staff attorney and one associate attorney and will consider applicants at both levels. Staff attorneys are experienced litigators who develop and lead significant bodies of Earthjustice litigation. Staff attorney positions are not term-limited.  Associate attorneys are earlier in their career trajectory and work with staff attorneys as they develop the capacity to lead litigation on their own.  The associate attorney position is a three-year position. This program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or with other public interest organizations.

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 achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. 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 people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.   Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

To learn more about Earthjustice’s work to protect oceans, visit https://earthjustice.org/about/offices/oceans

Qualifications for Staff Attorney

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
  • A minimum of six years of litigation or legal advocacy experience, as well as a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the development of government policies or regulations.
  • Licensed to practice law in the U.S. jurisdiction in which the attorney will be located, or a willingness and qualifications to apply for membership within one year of employment.
  • Excellent litigation or legal advocacy skills, including legal research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Interest and ability in supervising and developing more junior attorneys.
  • Knowledge of and experience with ocean protection issues and foreign environmental or natural resources law.
  • Proficiency in working with technical experts.
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings.
  • Initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with clients, partners and staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally as needed.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest and to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse and non-U.S. cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Qualifications for Associate Attorney

  • Law school graduate at the time of application admitted to, or qualified and willing to apply for admission to, the bar of the state where they will be located.
  • Licensed to practice law in the U.S. jurisdiction in which the attorney will be located, or a willingness and qualifications to apply for membership within one year of employment.
  • Excellent research, analytic, writing and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment, and an ability to work well in a collegial setting;
  • Commitment to serving the public interest and to fighting for the right of all to a healthy environment.  
  • Experience or ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally as needed.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse and non-U.S. cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

The ideal candidates will also have experience working in another country or working with international organizations.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

 Application Procedure:  Interested candidates should submit a: 

  • Resume
  • One or two-page cover letter that addresses why you are drawn to Earthjustice and ocean protection. Please also describe any experiences you have working with people or communities with backgrounds that differ from your own, and how you might apply those experiences at Earthjustice.
  • Writing sample that primarily reflects your work.
  • Law school transcript.
  • List of three references.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
  • List of contact information for three references.

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.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Job Level

Entry-level,   Mid-level,   Senior-level  

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

Depends on experience