Associate Legislative Counsel

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Dependent on Experience




District of Columbia
United States


Earthjustice is the nation’s 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 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 talented and dedicated attorneys who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.

This position assists in the development and implementation of legislative and administrative strategies on priority issues for Earthjustice’s Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans Program. The position will focus on oceans/fisheries issues and will also help support advocacy work on other lands and wildlife issues.

This position is located in Washington, DC.


Oceans/Fisheries Advocacy

  • Develop and implement legislative and administrative advocacy strategies relating to assigned issues.
  • Directly lobby Congress and the Administration.
  • Track and analyze legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues.
  • Conduct legal and factual research on oceans and fisheries issues and key federal laws including the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
  • Develop lobby and educational materials, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts, blogs, and advocacy toolkits.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department and/or media consultants to develop media strategies and serve as an Earthjustice spokesperson on assigned issues.
  • Cultivate allies, thoughtful partnerships, and coalitions in support of assigned issues.
  • Develop creative strategies in key geographic regions and with key constituencies to help further advocacy efforts on assigned issues.
  • Coordinate congressional briefings, seminars, and informational meetings with partners.
  • Serve as a liaison with Earthjustice litigation staff working on assigned issues.
  • Brief Earthjustice development staff, donors, and trustees on assigned issues as requested.

Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans Advocacy Support

  • Conduct legal and factual research on lands, wildlife, and oceans issues and key federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Antiquities Act, and more as assigned.
  • Develop lobby and educational materials on a broad range of lands, wildlife, and oceans issues, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts, blogs, and advocacy toolkits.
  • Assist other members of the Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans Policy and Legislation team with direct lobbying and other advocacy efforts as needed.
  • Supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Earthjustice assistants, interns, contractors, or others.


  • Undergraduate degree, JD degree, and one year of experience in the legislative process and/or public interest work or advocacy.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest and passion for Earthjustice’s mission.
  • Basic understanding of the legislative process.
  • Basic understanding of the administrative rulemaking process.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Direct lobbying experience is a plus.
  • Previous experience working with broad coalitions is a plus.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work 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.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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