Employment and Internship Opportunities

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 also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.

Cavers Internships

CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating a summer to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.

Cavers legal interns are paired with an experienced attorney in one of our four program areas focusing on clean air, clean energy and climate change; clean water; ocean conservation; or transportation and environmental justice. Over the course of the summer, interns support CLF’s mission by researching legal issues and drafting documents ranging from internal strategy memos to public comments and portions of motions and briefs. Interns have the opportunity to meet with high level state and federal agency officials and work with other environmental organizations, local activist groups, and environmental justice communities in New England.

This program was created to honor the memory of David Cavers, a strong supporter of CLF. David worked with CLF from 1981 until his death in November of 2000. As a Director, he was integral in steering the organization through many of the tough battles that led to the prominence it enjoys today. During his time at CLF, David took great satisfaction in mentoring law students and preparing them for careers as effective environmental advocates.

The Cavers Internship requires a commitment of 12 weeks of full time work and includes a stipend.
Although CLF only provides funding for summer law clerks through the Cavers program, a limited number of additional unpaid internship positions maybe available to law students not seeking funding.

CLF has a long history of protecting New England’s environment and the health of its people and communities. We craft innovative solutions to the region’s most pressing environmental problems. The environmental issues that CLF seeks to address affect everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, income or gender. Unfortunately, some communities continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of impacts of air and water pollution, poor transportation options, etc. Promoting environmental justice to reverse these inequities and build a healthier future for all people of New England, therefore, is an integral component of our work. CLF recognizes that to fully understand and successfully overcome barriers to equal access to a clean and healthy environment as well as livable communities, we need to bring together the best and brightest talent that reflects the diversity of the communities most affected by environmental impacts – communities that often are under-represented in the field of environmental advocacy. CLF is therefore committed to actively and specifically recruiting law students of color as part of our recruitment policy.

Rolling acceptance of applications begins in September and ends on February 1, 2015. As hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

How To Apply:  Please send the following documents (in PDF format) to the email address indicated below for the office to which you would like to apply.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2-3 references
  • Law School transcripts
  • Writing sample

Your email header should state your Name and “Cavers Internship.”

You may also send your application by mail, although email is preferred.

For consideration for an intern position in our Boston, MA office, please send your application materials to internships@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Boston Legal Intern Committee
62 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02110

In addition to our Boston office, CLF has offices in Portland, ME; Concord, NH; Providence, RI; and Montpelier, VT. If you are interested in a Cavers Internship at one of these offices, please send your application directly to the contact listed below. Deadlines, stipend, and time requirements may differ from office to office.

For consideration for an intern position in our Portland, ME office, please send your application materials to internshipME@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Sean Mahoney
47 Portland Street, Suite 4
Portland, ME 04101

For consideration for an intern position in our Concord, NH office, please send your application materials to internshipNH@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Christophe Courchesne
27 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

For consideration for an intern position in our Providence, RI office, please send your application materials to internshipRI@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Tricia Jedele
55 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903

For consideration for an intern position in our Montpelier, VT office, please send your application materials to internshipVT@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Sandy Levine
15 East State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602

Digital Communications Intern, Boston, MA

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 also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

CLF is seeking a Digital Communications Intern to assist in the development of CLF’s social media and online programming. The Intern should have an aptitude for social media platforms and creating online content, and an interest in using online communications to advance social causes.

The Digital Communications Intern will have an opportunity to gain professional experience and be an integral part of CLF’s Communications and Marketing Department. S/He will maintain CLF’s online platforms, including the website, blog pages, and social media. S/He will produce online content and material that will engage and expand CLF’s audience, and help produce reports about CLF’s online impact and effectiveness.

S/he will implement and maintain campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms, leveraging CLF’s brand as a content-producing force to drive traffic and create initiatives. The Digital Communications Intern will also help ensure that social networks underlie all of our other core content offerings.

Responsibilities:

  • Define, implement and maintain overall programming strategy on social media channels, primarily Twitter and Facebook, but also Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Build and manage the existing social media, strengthening CLF’s presence and effectiveness on all platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Analyze what types of content and promotion best engages audiences and fulfills our stated goals around traffic growth and revenue generation. Adjust strategy for key social media outlets accordingly
  • Help produce content for CLF’s online audiences including video packages, infographics, etc.
  • Assist with training staff on various social media platforms and how to effectively use them

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Major in communications, marketing, or journalism
  • Superior writing and copying editing skills. Aptitude for writing in a variety of formats including digital platforms
  • Experience with video editing and design software programs
  • Creative and outside-the-box thinker
  • Familiarity with SEO, SEM, e-mail marketing, and established and innovative web analytics tools a plus
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team-oriented and fast-paced, interactive environment
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

To Apply:

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”), cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”), and writing sample to Human Resources at internships@clf.org. The Communications and Marketing internship is an unpaid position and requires a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours per week. No phone calls please.

Legal Fellows

CLF seeks to sponsor two or more candidates for public interest law fellowships supported by outside funding. Funding for public interest law fellowships is available from various sources, including some law schools, Skadden, Equal Justice Works, foundations, and others. Candidates are encouraged to come prepared with ideas for funding sources, but CLF will work with selected candidates to identify appropriate sources of funding and develop proposals. A fellowship at CLF gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend 1-2 years as a staff attorney at a highly-respected environmental non-profit.  Each position commences in the fall of 2015. Each fellow would be located at one of our five offices (Boston, MA; Providence, RI; Portland, ME; Concord, NH; and Montpelier, VT).

These legal fellow positions are in CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice (HCEJ) program. CLF’s HCEJ program works to ensure that New England’s communities, both urban and rural, are thriving, healthy places for all people.  Legal fellows will contribute to all areas of work in CLF’s HCEJ program, and in particular will provide support to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative as well as CLF’s transportation and environmental justice advocacy.  CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative uses law and policy tools to support sustainable agriculture efforts in New England, helping to shape and foster a robust and healthy local food system. CLF’s transportation advocacy uses law and policy to support deployment of cleaner, more efficient, and socially just transportation alternatives, like transit, bicycling, and pedestrian access. CLF serves as an ally to environmental justice communities, offering our law and policy skills to help communities achieve their goals.

Ideal candidates are third-year law students, judicial clerks, or recent law graduates with a demonstrated interest in environmental protection and healthy communities. Applicants should be interested in public policy work as well as litigation.  Applicants must be admitted to a state bar or planning to take the bar exam for the appropriate CLF state, as applicable, in February or July of 2015. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and must be willing to interact and build effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies.

CLF staff will work with selected candidates to fully develop fellowship proposals, including specific projects, if appropriate. Salary and benefits will be determined by the terms of the fellowship.

To apply: Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org.  Please make “Legal Fellow” the subject of your e-mail. In your application, please indicate whether you have a location preference and whether you have identified specific sources of funding.  Applications must be filed with CLF in a timely manner that allows sufficient preparation before fellowship applications are due (e.g., Equal Justice Works due September 17, Skadden due October 6).  No phone calls please.

Ocean Campaign Director, Boston, MA

CLF has an opening for an Ocean Campaign Director. Reporting to the VP and Director of the Ocean Conservation Program and in coordination with a multi-disciplinary regional team of advocates, he or she will lead the development and implementation of CLF’s integrated campaigns for ocean habitat and biodiversity protection, sustainable fisheries and National Ocean Policy implementation.  Core elements of this job will include coordinating the development of the scientific, legal and economic advocacy support for the program’s various campaign efforts, and developing and executing the related legislative strategy.  The Ocean Campaign Director will develop and manage strategic partnerships with other organizations and also be responsible for building a large and diverse constituency among the public and a wide range of marine users and other stakeholders in support of CLF’s ocean conservation objectives.  Working with CLF’s VP of Communications and Marketing, the Ocean Campaign Director will be responsible for the development of appropriate and effective messaging and associated outreach materials across an array of different media.  The Ocean Campaign Director will also work closely with the VP and Director of the Ocean Conservation Program to identify funding entities and implement fundraising strategies.  This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced campaign advocacy leader with a proven track record of national campaign design and implementation to work in a venerable, mission-driven organization with a 50-year history of environmental advocacy success. CLF is seeking a smart, self-starter who thrives in a dynamic environment and welcomes the exciting challenges of working for a regional environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the mission of protecting New England’s environment.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s preferred; five (5) plus years of senior-level experience in public campaigning and/or legislative, electoral and grassroots organizing.
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, environmental issues and a passion for the environmental mission of CLF; professional background in environmental campaigning and ocean conservation highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute a strategic, multi-level advocacy initiative.
  • Successful experience in planning, building and mobilizing a diverse base of support, including developing and managing influential relationships and diverse coalitions.
  • Experience in advancing federal policy and legislative objectives and cultivating associated relationships highly desirable.
  • Proven track record of taking initiative, working well within a team and independently, and coordinating an interdisciplinary group of team members using clear program metrics and milestones.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, very strong public speaking ability and demonstrated talent for enlisting others to share in a vision.
  • Ability and desire to assist with fundraising and interact with foundations and donors.
  • Experience working within budget constraints and adhering to financial parameters. Non-profit experience preferred.
  • Strong work ethic coupled with the ability to be flexible and supportive in a dynamic, sometimes demanding work setting.
  • Good sense of humor.
  • Must be willing and able to travel.

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org.  Please make “Ocean Campaign Director” the subject of your e-mail.  Application materials must be received no later than September 12, 2014.  Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

Senior Major Gifts Officer, Boston, MA

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the Vice President of Development to develop and implement the strategic and tactical goals of the major gifts effort at CLF. This represents a change in strategy and execution for the advocates who have interfaced with donors in a less-defined manner.  Of major importance is the enthusiasm of the advocates to work with Development and the Major Gifts Officer in this refocused development effort.  This, coupled with the need to give structure to the process of soliciting the existing and future donor base, has the potential to impact the organization in a major way.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Professionalize the major gift efforts at CLF
  • Create, integrate and implement short-, intermediate- and long-term individual major gift donor strategies with the Vice President of Development.
  • Develop strategic, focused funding requests based on short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals of the organization so as to build an evolving portfolio of appropriate donors.
  • Develop institutional knowledge to know who and when to ask for support (advocates, board members, senior management) to increase effectiveness of presentations.
  • Work with (coach, cheer and support) advocates and state board members to develop professional processes in identifying, qualifying and maximizing existing and potential donors.
  • Ensure that all appropriate relationship management systems are in place and functioning including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current donors.
  • Plan and implement funding campaigns, events and activities for major gift donors. This includes teaming with senior management, advocates, and board members on appropriate activities and programs.
  • Execute major gift materials, including briefing memos, proposals and any other materials to convey the quality and professionalism of the organization.
  • Maintain a high degree of responsiveness to the needs and requests of all constituencies, external as well as internal.

Personal Attributes and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 8+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience with significant responsibility in major gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as a major gifts officer at a high level.
  • A strong interest in the environment. A history of environmental advocacy a definite plus.
  • The ability to assimilate complex issues/programs and have the skill to communicate their content in a succinct, coherent way.
  • Strong writing, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong project management skills.
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Ability to perform at a high level in a team environment.
  • The willingness and ability to manage projects throughout New England.
  • Experience working in  settings with a diversity of races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including experience with a wide range of New England communities.
  • A tenacious individual with a well-developed sense of humor is preferred.

Compensation

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.

To apply: Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org. No phone calls please.