Staff Attorney- Urban Wildlands

Job Type

Full Time



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 a dynamic and experienced staff attorney to join our Urban Wildlands program, with a focus on Napa County land use issues. The Urban Wildlands program aims to stop unsustainable sprawl and development that threatens critical habitat, creates pollution, exhausts limited water supplies, worsens climate change and drives species extinction. The Staff Attorney will work as part of a team using law, science, media outreach and advocacy to protect the environment and fight destructive land use policies. The working environment is fast-paced, exciting and supportive.


Main duties:

  • Develop cases to further the goals of limiting sprawl, conversion of open space, preserving water resources, fighting climate change and protecting endangered species.
  • Engage in administrative advocacy, such as meeting with public decisionmakers and commenting on proposed plans, rulemakings and projects.
  • Engage in analysis of and advocacy regarding pending local and state regulations.
  • Litigate cases in state and federal court targeted at private land development, road construction, species conservation, climate change and water supply.
  • Draft press releases and engage directly with members of the media.
  • Work with local, regional and statewide coalitions to oppose destructive and polluting development projects.


Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • At least five years of environmental law experience, including familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act;
  • Member of the California state bar;
  • Excellent writing, communication, research and oral advocacy skills;
  • An ability to develop cases and manage a busy docket;
  • Scientific literacy;
  • Experience participating in environmental or advocacy campaigns;
  • Passion for, and knowledge of, the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters, and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection;
  • A strong work ethic and time-management skills.


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


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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

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