Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Climate and Clean Energy Legal Fellow

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 5 months ago(10/15/2018 7:47 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • 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 Air Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our climate and clean energy cases have played a major role shaping current climate 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 to serve as a Climate and Clean Energy Legal Fellow. This two-year fellowship is available starting immediately. The Fellow will focus on the administrative processes and expected litigation over agency actions to weaken climate, clean air, and clean energy standards, such as standards for power plants, vehicles, and other industries. The Fellow will work closely with attorneys from NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program and Litigation Team.


    • The Fellow will join NRDC's Climate & Clean Energy Program and will be supervised by senior litigating attorneys.
    • The Fellow's docket will concentrate on administrative agency rulemakings and litigation concerning standards limiting carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases, and related clean air and energy standards.
    • The administrative practice will be before the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies.
    • The litigation is expected to occur primarily in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals but may also be brought in other forums.
    • The litigation is expected to be intensive and will involve substantial legal research, writing and analysis.
    • The fellow may also assist with analysis of legal questions relevant to state climate protection efforts. The Fellow will work closely with NRDC scientists and policy experts.
    • This position will be based in Washington, DC.


    • Law degree and 1-5 years experience.
    • Litigation experience and clerkship a plus.
    • Exceptional legal writing, and analytical skills.
    • Excellent academic and professional record.
    • Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork.
    • Capacity to work hard, efficiently, 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.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. 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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