Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Staff Attorney/Advocate

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/3/2021 12:12 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Climate and Clean Energy [402000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy 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 the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. 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. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is a seeking a Staff Attorney or Advocate who will work primarily on federal gas policy and advocacy. Working as part of the Sustainable FERC Project (“Project”) team, this person will support and expand our advocacy on gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in other forums. Interaction with FERC and DOE staff, managing consultants, and responsiveness to local groups and individuals challenging individual projects, are critical parts of the job responsibilities. This person also will support the Project as necessary in its other FERC advocacy. Successful candidates will have demonstrated both strong independent initiative and the ability to contribute effectively as a member of a team and collaborate across organizations. The role further calls for the combination of leadership and advocacy skills with the flexibility, diplomatic, organizational and communication skills necessary to facilitate coalitions of organizations and allies around different issues. Knowledge of the gas industry, particularly LNG export, is a plus.


The Project is an initiative housed in NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program, and it represents the interests of national and regional environmental organizations on FERC-regulated issues and policies across the electricity and gas sectors. The Project’s current gas priorities include ensuring need-based development, incorporating climate impacts in project reviews, and expanding access and promoting environmental justice and equity at FERC. This position therefore includes leading advocacy at FERC and DOE, identifying key regulatory issues and developing strategies to address those issues, advocating for changes in line with those strategies, and supporting litigation in support of the Project’s mission. Find out more at


Since March 2020, NRDC’s physical offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until circumstances allow us to re-open our offices, we will continue to support staff with remote working arrangements.


  • Refine and expand the Project’s work to reform FERC and DOE gas policy and practice.
  • Provide counsel and guidance to coalition members on FERC-related gas policy issues.
  • Represent the Project in proceedings before FERC and DOE, Congress, and other forums.
  • Build and participate in coalitions; work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Support the Project’s and NRDC’s communications goals by drafting blogs and issue papers, responding to media inquiries, participating in workshops and conferences, and taking other actions as necessary.
  • Participate in fundraising with development staff, including grant proposals and reports.


  • Minimum 3 years of work experience;
  • JD or another graduate-level degree in a related discipline; economics, energy, engineering, or public policy preferred.
  • Familiarity with gas and LNG issues; experience with FERC or DOE preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to grasp and translate technical issues into plain English.
  • Oral advocacy experience and comfort speaking in varied settings, ranging from working groups to conferences.
  • Strategic thinking ability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel (COVID-permitting, estimated 10% of the time).
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. The job grade for this role is S3 with a salary ranging from $103k to $113k. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

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. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit


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