2021 Summer Megan Dickie Wilderness Leadership Fund Legal Clerk

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The Wilderness Society

Published 26 days ago

February 5, 2021

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking a highly motivated current second-year law student for a paid summer law clerk position. Due to COVID-19 this opportunity will most likely be virtual however if safe, our preferred location for this position is in our Denver, CO office. The deadline to submit applications is February 5th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early.

About the Organization

TWS is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Founded 1935, we work to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We believe that public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors. TWS’s Denver Office houses our most of our legal team, which focuses on defending and protecting important landscapes, wildlands, and bedrock conservation laws and policies, including through land use planning.

Megan Dickie Wilderness Leadership Fund

The position is funded by the Megan Dickie Wilderness Leadership Fund (see attached brochure). The fund was created in 2017 to honor and sustain Megan Dickie’s passion for wilderness, dedication to inspiring others to protect wild places, and commitment to expanding the cadre of public lands advocates. Megan was a talented TWS attorney and policy expert who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35. The fund is designed to provide career building opportunities for law students of all backgrounds, expanding our reach and shaping new leaders for the future of conservation. The position will play an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities. We aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff and law clerks – our greatest asset

Clerkship Overview

The law clerk will assist our team of attorneys and policy experts with protecting and defending important conservation policies and protections for our shared public lands. The clerk will conduct legal and policy research and analysis that will help advance defensive campaigns and legal strategies. The work is likely to include:

·        Drafting memoranda, fact sheets, white papers, and comments on a variety of Bureau of Land Management and National Forest laws, policies, and planning or project efforts;

·        Reviewing and identifying legal deficiencies in agency environmental analysis documents and writing detailed, substantive comments to the agency advocating for more protective outcomes and preserving future litigation options;

·        Researching new, innovate legal arguments to defend against the current administration’s efforts to reverse existing protections for federal public lands;

·        Attending meetings with conservation partners and agency decision-makers; and

·        Visiting the public lands we are working to protect.

The clerk will receive a stipend as compensation for their work and to assist with the costs of relocating to Denver for the summer. The stipend will include a competitive hourly wage, plus a minimum $1,500 to assist with relocation costs. The clerkship will run for 8-12 weeks.

Critical Skill Sets

Ideal candidates will excel at conducting legal and policy research, analyzing complex legal questions, and concisely reporting their findings. This position requires some familiarity with administrative law, agency rulemaking, and the policies/practices of the executive and legislative branches of government. Successful candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Current second year law student;
  • Strong interest in government policymaking and administrative procedures;
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, writing, and oral communications skills;
  • Ability to work quickly under deadline/on rapid response;
  • Ability to spend the summer in Denver, CO, with opportunities to visit and connect with the public lands TWS works to protect;
  • An interest in environmental conservation and desire to protect natural and wild places for all people.

To apply, please send a cover letter that describes the unique experiences or perspectives you would bring to TWS, resume, transcript, a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and 2-3 references through the online applications system. The deadline to submit applications is February 5th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early. We will contact qualified applicants to schedule interviews on a rolling-basis.

TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

As an organization, we aspire to be inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits. To learn more about our commitment, please see

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking a highly motivated current second-year law student for a paid summer law clerk position. Due to COVID-19 this opportunity will most likely be virtual however if safe, our preferred location for this…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Hourly

How to Apply


Denver, CO

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