The role of the Staff Attorney is to bring litigation on behalf of Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and our allies, in the interest of protecting and restoring western watersheds and wildlife, particularly in the context of livestock grazing. The geographical focus of this Staff Attorney position will be the 10th Circuit (the Southern Rockies of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah). The position will entail administrative appeals and litigation of federal and/or state agency decisions, oversight of agency planning processes, media outreach, and advising program staff on legal issues. Some limited legislative advocacy will also be required. The staff attorney should be highly organized, think strategically, be self-motivated and able to synthesize and understand ecological and legal concepts, and have strong written and oral communication skills.
- Review federal and state decisions regarding public lands and wildlife, evaluate legal compliance, and prepare litigation memoranda presenting facts, case law, and particular features of the potential case to assist WWP decision-makers on litigation strategy;
- In cases where legal violations have occurred and there is a strategic reason to pursue litigation, represent WWP in the capacity of lead attorney on litigation efforts, particularly in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah;
- Engage in settlement negotiations with federal and state agencies on behalf of WWP and, at times, partner groups;
- Represent WWP at public meetings or hearings;
- Participate in media outreach opportunities including press releases, op-eds, position statements, newsletter articles, and blog posts;
- Coordinate communications among co-plaintiffs;
- Regularly participate in conference calls, both internal WWP staff calls and calls among co-plaintiffs and other allies;
- Visit public lands, documenting habitat conditions and management.
- J.D., with a background in environmental law and policy preferred;
- Admitted to the bar in at least one 10thCircuit state;
- Affinity for and knowledge of remote and rugged areas in the West;
- Highly organized and experienced in researching applicable case law and poring through official documents to glean important evidence;
- Strong oral and written communications skills, including skill at writing legal briefs and presenting oral arguments before courts;
- Desire to make a difference in protecting native species from livestock grazing impacts on public lands;
- Able to take direction and work as part of a team; and
- Self-directed and accountable.
- Environmental litigation experience strongly preferred;
- Position may be located in any state where WWP operates (Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana).
The Staff Attorney position is a full-time position with generous benefits and a competitive salary.
TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume summarizing relevant work and educational achievements and three professional references (including contact information), and a writing sample highlighting your legal abilities, in a single .pdf file, to email@example.com October 31, 2018.
Students and other interested professionals should consider internship opportunities with Western Watersheds Project. Interns gain unique experience with a variety of conservation issues and activities including opportunity to be involved monitoring public lands and wildlife habitat, engaging various administrative efforts, learning about environmental legal programs, and a variety of other efforts. More often-than-not, interns are encouraged to identify particular disciplines/passions of interest and are given the guidance and tools necessary to make a positive difference on the ground themselves !
Western Watersheds Project welcomes the support of active members and volunteers who are ready to engage public land and wildlife management agencies and insist on protection and restoration of western watersheds and wildlife.
Much of Western Watersheds Project’s success is attributable to our active membership and volunteers. Often, it is a member or volunteer who brings to Western Watersheds Project’s attention a problem or issue with public land and wildlife management. Similarly, it is often a member or volunteer who is in the best position to help.
If you are interested or concerned about a problem with livestock grazing on public lands in your area, contact Western Watersheds Project to learn more about what you can do to help.