Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Position: Staff or Associate Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center (Deadline: ?, Charlottesville, VA)


suitable for entry-level attorney; looks like an open-until-filled deadline.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking either a staff attorney or an associate attorney for its Virginia Office in Charlottesville.  We are seeking the best possible candidate, and the experience level of the successful candidate will determine whether we hire a staff or associate attorney.  The staff attorney position is open to candidates with three or more years of experience, while the associate attorney position is an entry-level opportunity for recent law graduates and practicing attorneys.  Staff attorney is a permanent position and associate attorney is a two-year position with an option for a third year. 
About SELC: With offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN), SELC leverages the power of the law to protect the South’s natural resources—its land, air, water, coast and wetlands—and to preserve our rural countryside and community character.  Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.
SELC works collaboratively with over 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve our common conservation goals. Our litigation and policy staff comprises some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.  Since 1986, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country.  We currently have a staff of 109, including 56 attorneys.  Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at www.southernenvironment.org.
About the position:  SELC’s work is focused in six program areas: Clean Energy & Air; Clean Water; Mountains & Forests; Land & Community; Coast & Wetlands; and Special Places & Wildlife.  The person hired for this position will have significant responsibility for work in one or more of these program areas.  Work will include litigation in state and federal courts, advocacy in state and federal administrative proceedings, and policy analysis and development in various settings at the state and federal levels.  This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.
Compensation:  SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package. 
Qualifications: We are seeking an attorney with a strong work ethic and a sense of initiative.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled and multi-faceted lawyer with excellent academic credentials, litigation experience, and a background in environmental law. In addition, the successful candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission.   
To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your  letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Katie Storer, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 W. Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5065, or email VAjobs@selcva.org.
SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.  We strongly encourage applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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