Basic Summary: The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Denver, CO office. The position is intended for a highly qualified individual committed to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Primary emphasis is on providing legal research, writing, and litigation support for cases involving federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and the advancement of Defenders’ conservation policies.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
Perform legal research, draft memoranda and pleadings, review and comment on administrative agency actions, and complete other work as assigned by supervisor;
Assist in cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Refuge Improvement Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act and other federal statutes;
Participate in the development and advancement of Defenders’ conservation policy goals;
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Juris Doctor degree, preferably with a bar membership in at least one state.
Experience in federal natural resources, public lands, and wildlife conservation laws
Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills;
Demonstrated commitment and interest in public-interest advocacy, environmental protection and natural resources conservation;
Other relevant experience with legislative procedures, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, or development.
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How To Apply Interested applicants should complete an application for
employment. Please reference Legal Fellow in your subject line and
submit your completed application, a letter of interest and resume to us
via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org.