Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



New Mexico
United States


WildEarth Guardians seeks two dynamic and motivated public interest-focused attorneys with at least five years of litigation or equivalent experience to join our team as staff attorneys. As part of the Guardians’ legal team, the Staff Attorneys will provide legal support to one or more of Guardians’ four programs—Wildlife, Wild Rivers, Wild Places, and Climate & Energy—by litigating cases on behalf of the organization, evaluating proposed legal actions and strategies, contributing to legal strategy development, and providing training to program staff as needed. These are litigation positions. Qualifications include: minimum of 5 years experience in litigation or a combination of litigation-adjacent experience such as administrative appeals/advocacy, record review, commenting on agency actions, or clerkship (environmental and natural resources experience preferred); bar membership in at least one western state or District of Columbia. For other qualifications and information about the position, please go to Staff attorneys will work in one of four office locations - Santa Fe, Denver, Missoula, Portland.


Guardians offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including full health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacation, health and family leave, a sabbatical policy, paid holidays, disability insurance, and a fabulous work environment that accommodates a flexible work schedule. Salary negotiable based on experience.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit applications electronically to: The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis, with an ideal start date of no later than September 28, 2018. No phone calls or in-person visits, please.


Applications should include, in a single pdf, the following: cover letter explaining (1) why you want to work for Guardians in general, and specifically in the legal program, (2) which of Guardians’ four programs interests you the most and why, and (3) your preferred office location—Missoula, Santa Fe, Denver, or Portland; resume; one legal writing sample that is predominantly your work; and contact and relationship information for three professional references.