Friday, October 23, 2015

Position: Environmental Law Institute Vice President for Research and Policy (Deadline: Nov. 6, 2015, Washington, DC)

 The Environmental Law Institute is searching for a Vice President for Research and Policy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Position: Assistant Professor, Vermont Law School (Vermont, Deadline: Sept. 15, 2015)

Great opportunity for those interested in teaching international environmental law (see below for details).


 Vermont Law School invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to teach and conduct research in energy law and/or international and comparative environmental law (with some preference for China/East Asia expertise), and to teach a first year course, most likely constitutional law. Preference will be given to applicants with work experience in these fields. Qualifications include a JD degree, a record of academic excellence, and demonstrated success or potential for success in teaching and scholarship. Faculty at Vermont Law School take seriously our mission to educate lawyers for the community and the world and believe that our scholarship, teaching, and service should be meaningful and relevant to the local, national, and international communities. We embody the spirit of Vermont – independence in people and in politics. Our mission: “We are committed to developing a generation of leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference in our communities and the world.” Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, research agenda, and list of references by email (preferred) to or by post to: Professor Stephanie Farrior, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068. Materials should be submitted by September 15, 2015, although submissions received after this time may be considered until the position is filled. Applications will be treated in confidence at this preliminary stage. Vermont Law School embraces diversity in its recruitment and hiring efforts. Accordingly, candidates of color, women and those from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Position: NOAA Deputy General Counsel (2 openings) (Washington, DC, deadline: Aug. 27, 2015)

Great opportunities for senior environmental lawers (i.e. senior management role in the General Counsel's office).

Job Title:Deputy General Counsel
Department:Department Of Commerce
Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:SO-OGC-2015-0011


$121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 13, 2015 to Thursday, August 27, 2015




Full-Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map


Applications will be accepted from all groups of
Qualified Individuals/All-Sources (U.S. Citizens Only)


Top Secret




NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

NOAA's roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

NOAA’s Office of General Counsel consists of 110 lawyers and their supporting staff in the headquarters and regional NOAA General Counsel’s offices work with scientists and staff throughout NOAA to provide legal support for the agency’s programs. Legal issues include fisheries regulation domestically and internationally; threatened and endangered species protection; coastal protection; marine sanctuary development and regulation; licensing of commercial satellite space; and ecosystem restoration after natural resource damage to NOAA trust resources from oil or chemical spills. The law related to public participation and outreach is given particular attention. NOAA lawyers work increasingly with lawyers in the Department of Commerce to assure that NOAA staff and line offices have available a full and effective range of legal services.

We are seeking two Career SES Deputy General Counsel who will provide support to the General Counsel and supervise the legal work and administration of six regional and six headquarters sections in the Office, as well as coordinate with line and staff leadership, and with attorneys in the Commerce General Counsel’s office and across the government in our sister agencies. These jobs are a terrific opportunity to work at the intersection of law and science, to work for healthy ecosystems and a better environment, and to work across offices and agencies.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel will be required.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period.
  • Position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • A Financial Disclosure statement is required upon appointment.
  • You must possess a law degree and be an active member of a state bar.


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These positions are located in the NOAA Office of the General Counsel, which is responsible for providing the full range of legal services required by NOAA to conduct its operations on a sound legal basis. The incumbent functions as one of two Deputy General Counsels, who share responsibilities for implementing the wide range of functions and duties of the General Counsel, including management responsibilities.

Each Deputy General Counsel, through advice to senior NOAA officials, provides critical legal direction to assigned NOAA programs which are of national and international importance. In so doing, the Deputy draws on his/her own resources and supervises and provides policy guidance to subordinate attorneys. Subject to the direction of the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel initiates and manages action on matters requiring legal interpretation, analysis and definition, and concerning legislative proposals and various areas of law.

In addition, each Deputy General Counsel represents NOAA in its work with persons and entities outside of the Commerce Department, including other federal agencies, state and local governments, international institutions, and the public.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory PTQs.

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ's) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.


All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). When addressing the ECQ and PTQ requirements, please use the first person as you assess and describe your leadership qualifications. (e.g., [In 2009 I led XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr./Ms. Doe led the XYZ organization]).

SES Executive Core Qualifications: 

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5- Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. For more detailed information and samples please see the OPM link

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

PTQ 1 - Knowledge of administrative law, environmental and natural resources law and legislative processes.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in supervising attorneys and reviewing the work product of attorneys.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve successfully, complex legal issues arising in the activities of large organizations.
To preview questions please click here.


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Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at

Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

EEO: NOAA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: ECQ and PTQ Documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" and "Writing Example Two", respectively, once you have completed the online questionnaire.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.



1. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status.

2. If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy.

3. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example One".

4. PTQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example Two".

5. An official certificate showing that the applicant is an active member in good standing of the bar.

Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Shelita Aldrich
Phone: 301-713-6333
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO Executive Resources Division
1305 East West Hwy
12th floor
Silver Spring, MD
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application. The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Fellowship: Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow (Univ. Mississippi Law School, deadline: rolling)

I understand that the position will remain available until filled. Review of applications is expected to start at end of month.

The National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law is seeking applications for its Ocean and Coastal Law Fellowship Program. During the one-year fellowship, the Fellow will conduct legal research, write articles, and prepare white papers and other materials under the supervision and direction of the Law Center Director. The Fellow will be primarily assigned to work on Law Center projects associated with the newly established Agricultural and Food Law Consortium ( and candidates with experience and interest in marine aquaculture law and policy are preferred. The Fellow will also assist with the planning of conferences and other events hosted by the Law Center. Depending on educational background and experience, the Law Fellow may also be given the opportunity to teach a seminar at the Law School during the Spring of 2016.


J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association by starting date; strong law school academic record; relevant course work and/or work experience and interest in one or more of the following: ocean/coastal, natural resources, environmental law; demonstrated ability to conduct legal research and writing.

Anticipated start date: September 1, 2015

To apply visit:

Position: Associate Attorney (Washington, DC; deadline: ?, rolling)

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney position in its Washington, D.C. office.

The Washington, D.C. office serves both as a regional office for issues arising in Mid-Atlantic States, and as a center for litigation on important national environmental issues. Our Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities is based here. The Washington office’s docket currently includes litigation and administrative advocacy to protect public health and the environment from air pollution, including in disproportionately impacted communities; curb greenhouse gas emissions; promote clean energy and energy efficiency; prevent degradation of streams, wetlands, and other waters; and challenge the practice of mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian Region. Click here for more information about the office’s work.


The Associate Attorney will generally work collaboratively with senior Earthjustice attorneys, but is expected to work more independently over time. Associate Attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include:
  • Drafting motions, briefs, and other pleadings.
  • Attending client and expert meetings.
  • Investigating facts and assisting with case development.
  • Interacting with clients and working with experts.
  • Engaging in advocacy before administrative agencies.
  • Participating in court hearings.
  • Screening and developing potential new cases.


Applicants must be law school graduates who are admitted to or will apply for admission to the District of Columbia bar. Additional qualifications include:
  • One to five years of litigation or other relevant experience post-law school.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong self-motivation, initiative, and creative thinking.
  • An ability and willingness to work collegially with others.
  • A commitment to public interest work, and a strong interest in promoting. environmental and public health protection.

The Associate Program is designed to help young attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The program also affords Associate Attorneys the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of the best environmental litigators in the country. A number of associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations. The term for this position is two years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience and we offer an excellent benefits package. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please send a letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, an unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and contact information for at least three professional references. No phone calls or drop-ins.

Position: California Policy Advocate (Deadline: ?, rolling)

The California Policy Advocate will be responsible for developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies in California, focusing primarily on clean air and clean energy, but also a broader array of environmental issues impacting California. The Policy Advocate will be a member of Earthjustice’s California Regional Office and, ideally, will be based in Sacramento.

 Develop and implement legislative and administrative strategies to advance our positions on environmental issues.
 Directly lobby the California legislature, Governor’s Office, and key executive agencies.
 Track legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues.
 Develop advocacy materials, including but not limited to, fact sheets, action alerts, and blogs.
 Work with our Communications Department to develop media strategies and conduct media outreach on assigned issues.
 Perform policy and legislative analysis.
 Cultivate allies, partnerships, and coalitions in support of assigned issues.
 Conduct outreach to broader non-profit legal community and maintain a leadership position within the California environmental community on assigned issues.
 Coordinate with Earthjustice litigators, policy advocates, communications campaigners, and press secretaries working on assigned issues.
 Educate the California legislature, Governor’s Office, and/or key agencies on significant legal challenges and rulings.
 Assist in fundraising efforts related to assigned issue areas, as requested by our Development Department.
 Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues.
 Supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by associates, assistants, interns, or contractors.
 At least five years’ experience in policy or legal advocacy.
 Demonstrated experience working with legislative process.
 Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and meet deadlines.
 Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
 Detail oriented and good organizational skills.
 Proven ability to work in coalitions and with allies.
 Experience in working with traditional and social media.
 Entrepreneurial spirit with proven ability to work independently and proactively.
 Experience with the Clean Air Act and/or clean energy issues preferred.
 J.D. preferred, but not required.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. Click here to apply. [check web site, above, for link]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Position: Staff Attorney, Earthjustice (deadline: rolling, Los Angeles)

A great opening at Earthjustice for an experience litigator.
[for job notice on Earthjustice website, see]

 "We’re currently looking to fill a staff attorney position in the San Francisco office of Earthjustice.  The candidate would need 7+ years of litigation experience. 

Also, just to be clear—strong candidates do not need to have environmental litigation experience.  We’re looking for strong litigators with any type of experience. Also, potential candidates should feel free to contact me if they want to talk more about the position (contact information below).     


Adrian Martinez
Staff Attorney
Earthjustice California Office
800 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1010
Los Angeles, California  90017

California Regional

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law firm. We take on the biggest,
most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of
partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance
clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters
and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about
positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting
environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring talented and dedicated attorneys who
share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco
with nine offices across the U.S.
Earthjustice is seeking a staff attorney to join its California Regional Office. The attorney
selected for this position will focus on litigation and other advocacy in our efforts to protect the
invaluable natural resources of California, including public health, clean air, clean water, and
healthy ecosystems. The staff attorney would be housed in the San Francisco office but, like
other attorneys in the California Regional Office, may be called on to do cases arising out of our
LA satellite office.
 Conduct factual investigations and develop legal theories for possible advocacy or
litigation work; draft pleadings and briefs; and otherwise manage new and existing
cases in state or federal courts and administrative tribunals.
 Supervise the work of more junior lawyers, interns, and litigation assistants, who are
part of the litigation team.
 Manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
 Integrate communications and legislative advocacy into far-reaching, high-impact
litigation strategies.
 Applicants must be law school graduates, who are admitted or willing to apply for
admission to the California bar.
 At least seven years of litigation experience.
 Experience in administrative and pre-trial proceedings (e.g., regulatory comments,
discovery, including document production and preparation of fact and expert witnesses,
motion practice); evidentiary hearings; and appellate litigation.
 Superb research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
 Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
 A commitment to public interest work and a passion for Earthjustice’s mission.
 Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation
package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly
values diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply..
Application Procedure: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position is
available immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school
transcript, and names and contact information of three references.

Click HERE to apply

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to
seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive
environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are
committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are
provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age,
religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy,
sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the