|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 currently looking for a full-time law clerk for summer 2023 who shares an interest in and passion for climate justice and environmental protection. This position will be located in New Mexico, working remotely with other Center staff located in New Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity believes 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. We do so through science, law, grassroots organizing and creative media.
The Center for Biological Diversitys work in New Mexico is focused on oil and gas extraction and pollution, with the goal of keeping fossil fuels in the ground and a rapid, just transition to a renewable energy economy. The summer clerk will work with a senior attorney and a senior campaigner on case development and litigation, administrative advocacy, and policy development.
- Conduct legal research and writing, including drafting legal memos and administrative comments, assisting with brief writing, preparing filings, investigating new cases, and drafting official policy comments.
- On occasion, observe court arguments or attend and provide public testimony at agency hearings.
Areas in which law clerk will gain skills and experience:
- Environmental advocacy, drawing on litigation, science, media, and grassroots organizing strategies to fight for the environment and public health.
- Completed at least one year of law school;
- Strong legal research and writing skills;
- Creativity and motivation;
- Background in environmental/biological studies or social justice advocacy is preferred but not required.
To apply, please upload a:
- cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center ;
- writing sample, preferably of no more than 10 pages that reflects your own legal analysis;
- transcript (unofficial is fine); and
- list of three references.
Please submit all application materials via our website at https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/jobs/.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if youre selected for an interview. No telephone calls, please.
The Centers summer clerkship pays $17/hour, with the expectation that clerks will work full-time hours. The typical clerkship lasts ten weeks.
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.