Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Staff Attorney – Water & Wildlife

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/28/2018 4:21 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Nature [405000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking an attorney for our Water & Wildlife project, working in NRDC’s office in San Francisco, to help formulate and implement strategic litigation and policy responses to defend against attacks on federal environmental laws protecting rivers, freshwater fisheries, and water quality.  Length of time for this role will be through January 2021 (approximately 3 years).


    The attorney will work with senior attorneys in NRDC’s Water & Wildlife project to:

    • Formulate and pursue strategic litigation to ensure that environmental laws protecting rivers, fisheries, and water quality are implemented and enforced, in California and elsewhere in the United States;
    • Develop strong substantive expertise in scientific, technical, and legal issues relevant to fisheries conservation and river restoration;
    • Assist with legislative advocacy at the state and federal level to ensure strong protections for aquatic ecosystems and water quality;
    • Collaborate with other staff and external partners to enhance riverine and fisheries protections;
    • Contribute to making NRDC’s work more relevant to diverse communities and interest groups.



    • A juris doctorate and a minimum of 3 years of experience;
    • Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills;
    • Excellent academic and professional record;
    • Experience litigating complex cases;
    • Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts;
    • Enthusiasm for teamwork;
    • Capacity to work hard and independently.

    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


    Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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