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Staff Attorney (CO) or (DC)
Location: Denver, CO or Washington, DC
Department: Conservation Law
Supervisor: Vice President, Conservation Law
This position requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience. Primary emphasis is on litigating cases under federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and helping to develop and advance Defenders’ conservation policies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Litigate cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Refuge Improvement Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act and other federal statutes
Develop innovative litigation strategies and cases to protect imperiled wildlife species, to conserve wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems in the face of global warming, and to ensure conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands
Actively participate in the development and advancement of Defenders' conservation policy goals
Advise staff on legal questions and legislative matters
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Juris Doctor degree, admitted to at least one state bar
Experience: 4+ years of litigation experience
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills
Working knowledge of federal natural resources, public lands, and wildlife conservation laws
Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy, environmental protection and natural resources conservation
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants please reference Staff Attorney position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
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