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Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to protect, preserve, and Restore the Indian Creek and Greater Youghiogheny River Watersheds. MWA seeks a 1L or 2L Legal Intern to join our advocacy team. Advocacy team works closely with communities impacted by fracking and mining industries in the southwest Pennsylvania region. MWA emphasizes community legal education efforts in order to empower residents to advocate for their communities. Position can be remote or partially in-office (in adherence with safe COVID office procedures), if the candidate prefers and can be available locally. 


Summer intern will be supervised by the MWA staff attorney. Responsibilities may include:

  • Analyzing proposed changes to coal and gas regulatory schemes, then relaying this analysis to Community Leaders so that they may more effectively target their resources through appropriate public participation.
  • Responding to citizen concerns by providing legal resources, answering technical questions regarding leasing documentation, water testing procedures, land use, and the permitting process.
  • Supporting litigation when necessary.
  • Reviewing permit materials in order to identify concerns and threats and in order to help support community monitoring efforts.
  • Provide water quality interpretation including that found in permit files, citizen water tests and agency water quality monitoring.
  • Helping to organize and attend meetings with legislators, municipal officials, and other elected officials on behalf of MWA and in conjunction with Community Leaders.
  • Preparing public comments for hearings, permit reviews, and other public participation opportunities, and assist Community Leaders in doing the same.
  • Filing complaints with agencies or other entities as appropriate, assisting community leaders when requested.

Background in environmental science or policy are a plus but not a requirement.

Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to protect, preserve, and Restore the Indian Creek and Greater Youghiogheny River Watersheds. MWA seeks a 1L or 2L Legal Intern to join…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • End Date
    August 31, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 23, 2021
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Hours Per Week
    40 hours/week during summer months. Start and dates can be flexible, depending on candidate's needs.

Benefits

Compensation

  • MWA can provide a small living stipend if necessary and will work with law schools that provide summer fellowship funding. In addition, if available through a student’s school, MWA can provide academic credit for summer internships.

Compensation

  • MWA can provide a small living stipend if necessary and will work with law schools that provide summer fellowship funding. In addition, if available through a…

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Melissa Marshall at, melissa@mtwatershed.com with the subject line: Summer Legal Intern.

Send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Melissa Marshall at, melissa@mtwatershed.com with the subject line: Summer Legal Intern.

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
PO Box 408, 1414-B ICV Road, Melcroft, PA 15462

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