Associate Attorney, Community Resilience

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Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an Associate Attorney to join our Community Resilience team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The attorney will work with a team to develop new policy tools, legal strategies, and advocacy approaches directed toward equitable public access to Massachusetts’ coast and climate-resilient waterfront development and infrastructure. This is cutting-edge work that will resonate strongly with any attorney interested in public interest advocacy. This position is based in CLF’s Boston office with some opportunity for flexible and remote work.

CLF is dedicated to ensuring a thriving Massachusetts’ waterfront—one that is equitable, accessible, and safe from climate change risks. You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission.

What You’ll Do

  • Devise and execute legal and policy strategies for CLF’s advocacy goals;
  • Represent CLF in litigation and administrative proceedings;
  • Develop and present written testimony to legislative bodies, municipalities, and state and federal agencies;
  • Advise community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Build alliances and coalitions among stakeholders that may include environmental organizations, waterfront users, scientists, public officials, businesses, and others;
  • Comment on administrative rules, state and federal permits, and other state and federal agency actions;
  • Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces, and communicate about advocacy work through news and social media outlets;
  • Contribute to CLF’s strategic priorities and its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and organizational excellence;
  • Assist CLF’s communications team in delivering advocacy news and key messages to the press, our members, and the public;
  • Assist CLF’s development team with fundraising efforts;
  • Prepare research reports, memos, and presentations; and
  • Attend occasional evening meetings in Boston.

What You’ll Need

We are looking for a motivated attorney who can work both independently and as a productive team member. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Up to 2 years of relevant experience practicing law;
  • A passion and commitment to the environment, public health, and/or social justice;
  • Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to put your analysis into writing that is easily understood and to communicate that analysis to a variety of audiences;
  • High-level technological literacy with Microsoft Office suite (SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to developing new skills and responsibilities;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and partners;
  • Passion for CLF’s mission;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • A law degree and active bar membership in Massachusetts in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with local and state permitting and environmental review processes, including Boston Article 80, the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act, Massachusetts Wetlands Regulations, and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.
  • General knowledge of the geography of the greater Boston area.

Our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. Our hiring process is centered on assessing candidates with various lived experiences. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or have a less traditional background.

About CLF

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science, and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings, and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.

CLF is committed to diversity among our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.

Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The starting salary range for the position is $73,000 - $85,000; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

We recognize the value of work-life balance and also strive to create opportunities for growth for all employees through professional development.

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.