Staff Attorney- Endangered Species

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline



United States


At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to advocate for the conservation of endangered species utilizing administrative and legal tools. The position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others, to protect endangered species from the many threats they face. This will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a background in law, advocacy and biology. Portland, OR preferred, but other locations will be considered.

Main duties:

  • Expand the Center's work to protect endangered species
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect endangered species from habitat destruction, pollution, exploitation and other threats through litigation and other advocacy 
  • Mentor new program attorneys
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of endangered species across the country
  • Build relationships with key scientists
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled wildlife
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of endangered species as a response to litigation and other pressure

Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:

  • At least five (5) years experience as an environmental attorney
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act
  • Experience working with young attorneys
  • Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to endangered species
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers
  • Dynamic and assertive personality

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including: 

  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3-5 references with your application at The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.