Staff Attorney, International

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a staff attorney position to be based in our San Francisco, CA, office. We seek an attorney to join our growing team of lawyers who work to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. The attorney will collaborate with our foreign partners to develop and implement legal strategies to stop the extraction, export, and consumption of coal and natural gas in Latin America and other regions. 

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities in the United States and around the world to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice has a long track record of success in partnering across borders to use US, foreign, and international law to protect the global environment. Drawing on deep experience in international human rights law, international environmental law, and foreign and international litigation, our International Program works with partners in South Africa, South Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Latin America and elsewhere on domestic and international legal advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and increase reliance on clean energy resources. As we increase our efforts in these areas, a substantial portion of the new staff attorney’s work will be to help us deepen our collaborations with our partners in Latin America on litigation and legal advocacy to stop fossil fuel development. 


  • Work with foreign partners and Earthjustice colleagues to develop and implement cases and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals in Latin America and elsewhere.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with foreign and US allies, co-counsel, clients and coalition partners in support of program goals.
  • Serve as spokesperson for International Program and for Earthjustice.
  • Supervise the work of associate attorneys, clerks and interns.
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications and Development.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree or equivalent non-US law degree.
  • A minimum of six years of litigation or legal advocacy experience.
  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish.
  •   Licensed to practice law in the US jurisdiction in which the attorney will be located, or a willingness and qualifications to apply for membership within one year of employment.
  • Excellent litigation or legal advocacy skills, including legal research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in foreign (especially Latin American), international, human rights, and/or environmental law, is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in working with technical experts.
  •   Experience working in cross-cultural settings. 
  • Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with clients, partners and staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally as needed.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse and non-US cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position


We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent spoken and written Spanish.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to this position and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates your own legal analysis and writing (i.e., not jointly written with or edited by other people).
  • List of three references.

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