Climate and Energy Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary, depending upon experience.




1616 P Street NW
Suite 300
United States


Food & Water Watch is a leading national public interest organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns to protect our essential resources—food, water and climate. Our mission is to stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. In 2011, Food & Water Watch was the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking. We have won significant national victories including banning fracking in states and communities across the country as well as fighting water privatization in dozens of communities. Our legal work is focused on industrial agriculture, water privatization, food safety and climate and energy issues, all in pursuit of our organizational theory of change. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and numerous other major media outlets.

We are seeking a Staff Attorney to focus on legal advocacy related to climate and energy issues. The new Staff Attorney will be responsible for:

  1. Developing and implementing litigation strategies to delay and stop new fossil fuel infrastructure across the country;
  2. Engaging in regulatory rulemaking processes with a number of agencies around climate and energy issues;
  3. Reviewing and drafting federal and state energy polices; and
  4. Working closely with other FWW staff to promote and implement our climate and energy priorities, including our national goal of attaining 100 percent renewable energy by 2035;

Location flexible, with a preference for our Washington, DC or Brooklyn, NY location.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Research, design and implement various legal strategies, including litigation, to stop and/or delay the continuing buildout of fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States and achieve a rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
  • Work on legal policies, including the review and drafting of local, state, and federal legislation, to deter fossil fuel reliance.
  • Engage in both state and federal regulatory proceedings, including rulemaking.
  • Attend meetings with policymakers at both the state and federal level.
  • Act as a public spokesperson for FWW’s climate and energy work, including in media and at public forums, seminars and public hearings.
  • Provide climate and energy legal support for our in-house organizing staff, as well as our key partners on climate and energy issues. 
  • Work in coalition with many partner organizations on climate and energy issues.
  • Help develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, website content and newsletter articles on various climate and energy issues.
  • Coordinate events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions and film screenings.
  • Manage outside cousel, legal interns and fellows as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education: JD from an accredited law school with bar admission.
  • Experience: At least three years as a practicing attorney on environmental issues, with litigation background and, preferably, climate and energy work.
  • Knowledge: Legal advocacy, litigation and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; environmental issues, particularly around climate and energy; working with the media.
  • Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong legal writing capacity; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills.
  • Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to rapidly changing events and circumstances; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; comfortable presenting aggressive viewpoints to a mix of audiences; ability to present technical concepts to a mass audience; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work; work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis; high level of independent judgment.
  • Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.