Please note the preferred location for this role is Denver or Washington, DC. Other TWS office locations may be considered.
To Apply for this position please submit resume & cover letter by Sunday, August 8th.
The Associate Attorney will support The Wilderness Society’s (TWS’s) critical conservation priorities related to the climate crisis, public lands protection, and community-led conservation. The Associate Attorney will serve as an integral member of the Legal Team in the Conservation Program, assisting in administrative record building, government agency decision-making processes, policy interpretation and advocacy, and managing litigation from an in-house counsel role by conducting research, supporting case management, and providing legal expertise to various campaigns and cross-functional teams. This position offers valuable mentoring and growth opportunities at a leading public lands conservation organization.
This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization, and the Associate Attorney will integrate these priorities throughout our legal work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
As the leading conservation organization working to unite people to protect America’s wild places, The Wilderness Society (TWS) envisions a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. Our principles include striving for equity and justice in all we do, seeking to reflect the many communities with whom we work, and viewing access to nature as a basic right. To achieve our mission and vision and be true to our principles, we must work in new, transformative ways.
(Note: TWS does not represent itself in court but actively supports and partners with our litigating counsel.)
QUALIFICATIONS Law degree and bar admission required (or sitting for the bar in 2021). 0–3 years’ legal work experience. Excellent analytical and verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to write and speak concisely and persuasively. Basic understanding of administrative law, as well as an interest in learning about and developing expertise in public land law, policies, and issues. Experience working with communities, Tribes, or grassroots organizations to effect positive change. Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives – across race and gender. Ability to conduct legal research and monitor cases. Ability to identify legal and policy issues in reviewing federal agency proposals and actions. Organized, accurate, and detail oriented. Ability to work well independently and as part of diverse teams, and able to keep a level head when responding to rapid changes in campaign strategies and plans. Passion for public interest, social and environmental justice, and effecting positive change; and eagerness to learn about, develop, and implement legal tools for combating climate change, protecting public lands, and centering justice and equity in conservation. Interest in working collaboratively and inclusively on cross-functional teams and multi-disciplinary campaigns. Commitment to embedding equity and justice throughout work. Willingness to travel for short durations (approximately 5% of workdays/year).