Employment and Internship Opportunities

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people.  A nonprofit, 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 statehouses, courthouses and boardrooms, 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.

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: Ivy Frignoca
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

Design and Multimedia Intern, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Design and Multimedia Intern to assist in the development of CLF’s video, photography, infographics, and other multimedia capacity. The Intern should have an aptitude for creating video content, and an interest in using multimedia communications to advance social causes.

Over the course of this 12–14-week internship, the Design and Multimedia Intern will have an opportunity to gain professional experience and be an integral part of CLF’s Communications and Marketing Department. S/He will produce original content and material that will engage and expand CLF’s audience and increase CLF’s online impact and effectiveness.

Responsibilities:

  • Storyboard, film, and edit short videos about CLF initiatives and campaigns
  • Develop and design infographics to explain key aspects of CLF’s work
  • Create audio clips and content to enhance CLF stories
  • Organize and maintain CLF’s digital photo and video library
  • Help develop and execute a strategy to produce video and multimedia content beyond CLF’s current reach
  • Assist Marketing & Communications staff with other tasks as assigned

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Major in communications, marketing, or journalism
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Experience with video and audio editing and design programs
  • Proven experience creating video content from conception through production
  • Creative and outside-the-box thinker
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team-oriented and fast-paced, interactive environment
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel on your own to state offices or other locations as appropriate to create original video and photographic content (travel expenses to be reimbursed)

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 Design & Multimedia Internship is an unpaid internship and requires a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours per week. No phone calls please. [Posted 3/5/2015]

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks an experienced, engaging, and very organized individual to serve as executive assistant to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The successful candidate, who will have solid prior experience supporting a senior executive (or comparable experience), will routinely provide administrative support to the CEO and, where appropriate, act as a trusted surrogate to further solutions on behalf of the CEO.

This is a full-time exempt position based in our Boston office.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Handling logistics for meetings between the CEO and inside as well as outside parties, such as potential individual donors, foundations, colleagues, politicians, adversaries, etc.; may need at times to serve as “diplomat” to persuade outside parties to attend meetings.
  • Serving as first responder to (and occasionally troubleshooter for) requests directed to the CEO from staff.
  • Proactively managing and supporting the schedule of the CEO.
  • Supporting the Board of Trustees, including scheduling Board meetings, taking minutes during Board meetings, supporting specific Board committees (e.g., the Nominating Committee), and (proactively) serving as a liaison between Board members and the CEO.
  • Handling routine administrative support needs for the CEO, such as drafting memos, taking messages from callers, coordinating travel reservations, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least five years of experience providing administrative support to C-suite or other senior executives (or comparable experience), preferably but not essentially, in a nonprofit environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) strongly preferred.
  • Very strong critical listening and thinking skills; top-notch interpersonal, writing, organizing, phone and basic office skills.
  • Demonstrated penchant for problem-solving and taking the initiative; evidence of good judgment and history of high productivity.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well both autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Availability to work occasionally evenings and weekends as needed.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

Send your resume entitled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter entitled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org.  Please make “Executive Assistant” the subject of your e-mail.  The position will remain open until filled.  No phone calls please. [posted 6/15/15]

Legal Fellows

CLF seeks to sponsor two or more candidates for public interest law fellowships supported by outside funding. Because CLF does NOT have independent funding for fellows at this time, we will limit our review of applications to those candidates who have their own source of funding available (e.g., fellowship funding through your law school). At this time, we are not yet reviewing applications for Skadden or Equal Justice Works funding.

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.

For candidates that have identified a funding source, CLF staff will help in the development of 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. [Revised 2/4/2015]

Legal Internships, Unpaid – Fall, Winter, and Spring

CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating an academic term to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.

CLF’s 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 internship term, 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.

CLF’s fall, winter, and spring unpaid legal internships require a commitment of at least two full days per week for at least 10 weeks. These internships do not include a stipend.

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 continues year-round, but an application must be received at least one month before the prospective start date of the internship. Start and end dates are flexible, with a fall internship typically beginning the last week of August, a winter internship typically beginning in November, and a spring internship typically beginning at the end of January. As hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as far in advance 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. Please also make the file name of each document “your last name-first initial-[document]” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”).

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2-3 references
  • Law School transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Writing sample

Your email header should state your Name and “[Fall, Winter, or Spring] Legal Internship.”

Only email applications will be accepted. The mailing address is given for reference only.

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 fall, winter, or spring internship at one of these offices, please send your application directly to the contact listed below. Deadlines 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: Ivy Frignoca
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

Paralegal, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an experienced full-time paralegal to work in the organization’s environmental enforcement litigation group. The successful candidate will have fluency with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal District Court litigation practice. Direct experience in a Federal prosecutor’s office or State AG’s office, particularly Massachusetts, would be a major plus. The paralegal will be working in support of trial attorneys pursuing Federal environmental law citizen suit enforcement actions in various District Court jurisdictions in New England and will be based out of CLF’s Boston office.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff attorneys in acquiring, preparing, defending and closing clean water enforcement cases;
  • Research and pursue initial fact investigations through on-line data collection, record reviews, ownership and control research, and site investigations;
  • Organize and prepare paperwork – such as motions and pleadings – obtaining affidavits and providing attorneys with all necessary documents;
  • Help set up and prepare for meetings or interviews with clients or other individuals involved in a case;
  • Maintain files in conjunction with CLF’s document retention policies;
  • Perform administrative and other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Massachusetts Paralegal Certificate or Equivalent, Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal studies preferred, 2-3 years of paralegal and/or demonstrated experience providing administrative support in a legal setting;
  • Demonstrated paralegal skills including legal research, legal writing, editing and fluency with court process;
  • Demonstrated good judgment in preserving client confidentiality, strong sense of primary client interest, and limiting investigative activities in accordance with applicable laws;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, attention to detail and comfortable with deadlines;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Willingness to travel to state offices within New England with occasional nighttime and weekend work;
  • An understanding of environmental issues and a background in environmental studies or advocacy are a plus;
  • Good sense of humor.

Salary and Benefits:                

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

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 “Paralegal” the subject of your e-mail. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

Volunteer Project Assistant, Legal Services Food Hub, Portland, ME

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is a New England based environmental advocacy organization. CLF works to protect New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. We use the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. The Legal Services Food Hub, a project housed within Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) Farm & Food Initiative, is a pro bono legal services clearinghouse where farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations get matched with attorneys willing to assist with their legal issues for free. A pilot of the Legal Services Food Hub has launched in Massachusetts. CLF will launch the Hub in Maine in Spring 2015.

Job Description: CLF seeks a volunteer Legal Services Food Hub Project Assistant to perform a variety of program and outreach tasks on behalf of the organization, including but not limited to:

  • Outreach to farmers, food entrepreneurs, and organizations working with these stakeholders to raise awareness about the project. This would involve researching project issues, sending e-mails, making phone calls, visiting farmers/food businesses, and sending brochures.
  • Targeted outreach to attorneys in Maine to recruit lawyers for the Legal Services Food Hub network of attorneys. This would involve the same as above.
  • Assist the Legal Services Food Hub Coordinator in Maine with planning educational workshops and trainings.
  •  Researching additional outlets for CLF to market this project (trade organization newsletters, relevant listserves, etc.).
  • Assist the Legal Services Food Hub Coordinator in Maine with event planning. Supervisor: Legal Services Food Hub Coordinator.

Time Commitment: A minimum of six months, ideally once or twice per week for at least 8-10 hours per week. Flexible schedule, dependent on program needs and volunteer’s ability.

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or higher
  • Demonstrated experience working with farm/food entrepreneur stakeholder community
    or on food system-related projects
  •  Good organizational skills
  • Succinct and professional communication skills
  •  Computer literate

How to Apply: Send a cover letter titled “your last name -first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”), your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”), and a short writing sample titled “your last name-first initial-writing” (e.g., “SMITH J WRITING) to careers@clf.org. Please make “Food Hub volunteer project assistant” the subject of your e-mail.  No phone calls please.

Deadline to Apply: 5 p.m., Friday, December 5.