Center for Biological Diversity
  • 03-Oct-2017 to 02-Feb-2018 (MST)
  • St. Petersburg, FL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full time St. Petersburg, Florida

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 is currently looking for a full-time Staff Attorney. This position is located in St. Petersburg, Fl.

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to work in our Florida office. The emphasis of the position will be to advocate for the protection of Florida species from threats including habitat loss, climate change, mining, oil and gas development, and water pollution. The Staff Attorney will work as part of a team using law and advocacy toward reforming industry and other practices that are imperiling Florida's plants, animals and wild places. 

Main duties:

  • Litigate cases to gain results that will protect Florida species and habitats.
  • Develop cases and campaigns aimed to further the goals of the Center's mission.
  • Advocate for administrative and legislative policies for conservation through scientific and legal comments, oral testimony, policy analysis, petitions for rulemaking and effective communications.
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach, and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage the public and opinion leaders to protect Florida species through campaign activities such as public speaking, rallies, action alerts, opinion editorials and outreach.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • At least two years of civil litigation experience, environmental law preferred.
  • Familiarity with environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • A proven ability to develop cases and manage a docket of several matters.
  • Experience planning and implementing environmental campaigns.
  • A strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of an effective team.
  • Scientific literacy, background in marine or environmental science preferred.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Application Process:

Please apply online by sending a cover letter, a resume, references and a writing sample.  The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid Short-term and Long-term disability.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere.

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.

Center for Biological Diversity
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