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Law Clerk- Summer 2022 (Government Affairs - D.C.) 

About the Organization 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 is looking for a full-time Summer Government Affairs legal/policy intern to work within the Center's Washington, DC Office.

General position overview: The DC office is a hub of legal activity, with attorneys working on cutting-edge environmental law issues. Legal/policy interns are likely to work on projects concerning endangered species, public lands and pollution issues, focusing primarily on congressional and state legislation and administrative regulatory proposals. This position is located in Washington, D.C. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work may be considered.


Main duties:

  • Focus primarily on analyzing federal and state legislation relating to endangered species, public lands and pollution;
  • Review administrative regulations and other policy proposals;
  • Draft policy comments and assisting with other Government Affairs program priorities;
  • Track current legislation in Congress relating to the Endangered Species Act, public-land laws, National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Air Act, with opportunities to attend meetings with agency and congressional staff.

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

  • Clerks will gain experience in environmental advocacy, drawing on litigation, science, media, and grassroots organizing strategies to fight for the environment.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Must be a law student who has completed their second or third year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLMs to be eligible;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Creative, good-humored law students are encouraged to apply;
  • Background in conservation and general knowledge of the Endangered Species Act, public-land laws, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act and other environmental laws is preferred.

Salary: $16.69/hour

Application process: Please upload your cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), transcript (unofficial is fine) and three references as a single document via our website. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if you're selected for an interview.

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. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Washington DC  
Open Date 9/30/2021  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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