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.

Digital Communications Strategist, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial Digital Communications Strategist to develop multi-channel digital communications campaigns that build membership, raise money, mobilize CLF supporters, and strengthen the organization’s brand equity. The Digital Communications Strategist will oversee the day-to-day functions of CLF’s websites, micro-sites, email databases, and social platforms. H/She will evaluate and analyze key performance indicators to help inform the strategic direction of online communications.

The candidate must have a strong understanding of online advocacy and engagement, existing and emerging technologies and platforms, excellent communication and technical skills, and demonstrated experience with social media and online tools.

The Digital Communications Strategist is a member of the CLF Communications and Marketing Department and reports directly to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Create and implement dynamic digital communications strategies to engage and mobilize online community, increase CLF’s online fundraising, and support the organization’s advocacy programs and campaigns.
  • Manage editorial content for CLF’s website and six micro-sites and ensure all online content is consistent with CLF branding guidelines.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot technical issues on websites, host, and servers, and work with vendors to maintain brand and content integrity and consistency.
  • Create and design online content including infographics, video blogs, and photo essays to transform complex advocacy work into compelling online narratives.
  • Manage CLF’s email marketing campaigns and database including managing action alerts, newsletters, invitations, landing pages, donation pages, and fundraising appeals.
  • Develop social media strategy for CLF’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, You Tube and Wistia platforms. Source content and provide daily updates for social networks.
  • Manage performance metrics, analytics and dashboards for all CLF websites, social media platforms, and paid advertising to inform digital marketing strategy and direction.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of 2 to 4 years creating social media campaigns and managing online marketing for nonprofit organization or corporation. BA required.
  • Knowledge of and skill using HTML, social media, open source CMS, CRM, blog platforms, SEO, web metrics software, multimedia editors such as FinalCut and Photoshop as well as a general technical proficiency.
  • Experience with WordPress and Convio Luminate preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing social media channels as part of an overall engagement program and knowledge of social media trends.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues including energy, climate change, and clean water a plus.
  • Ability to manage many different projects at once, from assignment to delivery.
  • Solid history of working well with a variety of departments and key stakeholders.
  • Skill in analyzing the characteristics and needs of target audiences and determining the most effective communication techniques for reaching those audiences.

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

Director of Fund Development, CLF Ventures, Boston, MA

As the non-profit strategy consulting arm of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), CLF Ventures bridges the public and private sectors to advance innovative, market-based solutions that further our vision for a thriving economy based on environmentally sound and economically viable principles. We leverage our multidisciplinary skill sets in business, science, and planning — as well as our relationships, policy acumen, and reputation — to achieve the key outcomes necessary for a healthier and more sustainable society, environment, and economy in the New England region and beyond.

In recent years, CLF Ventures (CLFV) has established a practice structuring investment funds to meet environmental and economic development objectives. CLFV aims to grow its fund development practice to further advance CLF’s mission and lead the country in pioneering innovative strategies leveraging capital to deliver positive environmental solutions.

CLF is the oldest and largest regional environmental advocacy organization in the United States. Based in New England, CLF’s attorneys, scientists, economists, and policy experts develop and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities. CLFV is separately incorporated as a “support organization” to CLF, with its own Board of Directors, several of whom also serve on the CLF Board. The President of CLF also serves as the President of CLF Ventures.

The search

CLFV is seeking a Director of Fund Development who has solid experience in screening new opportunities for applying capital markets structures to environmental challenges and working with financial partners to accomplish fund development. Implicit in this undertaking will be the strengthening and expansion of CLFV’s collaborations with other environmental, business, and community groups and partners.

This is a part-time staff position, initially scheduled at 16 hours per week with the possibility of additional hours as budget permits.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifies funding gaps in priority CLF advocacy initiatives (e.g., sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation)
  • Assesses feasibility of CLF-sponsored funds (both equity and loan) as a response to those needs; defines/promotes relevant triple-bottom-line metrics
  • Develops technical and financial partnerships to launch funds in selected areas (at the expected rate of one fund every 2-3 years)
  • Seeks foundation/high net-worth donor funding for general support as well as fund-specific development
  • Interacts with stakeholder group of foundations, family offices, and key practitioners on a recurring basis to cultivate investor interest
  • Augments fund work by engaging financial advisors to identify, screen, and conduct environmental due diligence on direct alternative investments (fee for service)

Qualifications, Experience and Expectations

  • B.A. or equivalent professional experience in business/finance with focus on impact investing.
  • Demonstrated professional or personal involvement in environmental protection and/or conservation. A passion for the mission of CLFV.
  • Hands-on experience with conceptualizing, structuring, and executing financial transactions in debt and/or equity markets. Exposure to triple-bottom-line funds or similar social-impact investments strongly preferred.
  • Business development and strategic marketing skills in social-impact marketplace with a demonstrated ability to seamlessly integrate product development with corporate mission.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset; a shirt-sleeve operator in social impact investing.
  • Deal-driven performer with background at financial institution(s)/investment management organizations.
  • Business development aptitude with established network of funders/investors.
  • Ability to explain to environmental advocates unfamiliar financial concepts and leverage their support.
  • A track record of taking risks, translating creative ideas into action, and achieving tangible and sustained results. Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities. Political savvy.
  • Familiarity with and an appreciation of, the operation and culture of a non-profit organization.
  • An outgoing and diplomatic personality. Extensive and active network of contacts and relationships to support business development.
  • Creativity, tenacity, good humor, and an ability to work within a matrix organization.

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 “Director of Fund Development” the subject of your e-mail. Application review will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Individual Giving Manager, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an experienced development professional to manage both its general appeal and leadership annual giving programs. This person will serve as an integral member of an eight-member development team, working collaboratively with major gifts, research, events and operations staff. The Individual Giving Manager will also work with CLF’s State and Program Directors across New England. This position reports to the Vice President for Development and is based in Boston, MA.

The Individual Giving Manager is responsible for growing the pipeline of donors giving less than $25,000 through multiplatform solicitation and cultivation programs. This position is charged with the stewardship and solicitation of $1,000+ annual leadership donors who are not managed within the major gifts program. The Individual Giving Manager will set metric-based strategies to grow performance of the program, with encouragement to innovate. In addition, this position will work closely with the Communications Department and Events Manager to plan and execute cost-effective donor relations and acquisition programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct and implement a comprehensive, year-long annual giving strategy, including direct mail, phone, personal visitation, and volunteer engagement;
  • Work with communications and other development staff to plan and coordinate the annual appeal schedule, including development of appeal copy and appropriate collateral; upgrade techniques and outreach to new and lapsed donors; provide ongoing analysis of progress;
  • Oversee and grow the Advocate’s Society, CLF’s giving society for $1,000+ (currently dormant);
  • Oversee and grow the Champion’s Club, CLF’s monthly giving program;
  • Develop a pipeline of major gift prospects and donors through the identification, research, cultivation and solicitation of annual gifts;
  • Oversee the Annual Giving budget;
  • Review acknowledgements and special correspondence to ensure they reflect CLF’s style, content and giving level;
  • Coordinate with staff and volunteers across the region all personal contact with donors regarding their annual gift: reminder calls, thank you calls, etc.;
  • Collaborate with other members of the CLF Development team;
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience managing a membership, annual giving, or direct mail program;
  • Proven track record in developing strategies, implementing plans, and assessing results in a goal-oriented environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are expected, including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, as well as superior organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising database, as well as the Microsoft Office suite;
  • Willingness to travel to state offices within New England;
  • Strong work ethic coupled with the ability to be flexible in a dynamic work setting;
  • 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 “Individual Giving Manager” the subject of your e-mail. 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 Planning Outreach Manager

CLF has an opening for an Ocean Planning Outreach Manager. Reporting to the Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation and the Ocean Campaign Director, he or she will be dedicated to carrying out the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve the goals of CLF’s Ocean Management Initiative by engaging in a robust education and outreach campaign to promote improved management of coastal and ocean waters and ecosystem-based ocean planning that promotes resilient, healthy, and productive ecosystems, and is developed through a robust public participation process. The Ocean Planning Outreach Manager will be charged with identifying and engaging various regional and community leaders, resource managers, ocean use stakeholders, scientists and educators, coastal community residents and the media in a variety of venues to advocate and build active public support for ecosystem-based ocean planning and the protection of important ocean wildlife and habitat. CLF is seeking a 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.  This position requires considerable travel within New England.

Responsibilities of the Ocean Planning Outreach Manger will include but are not limited to:

  • public and stakeholder outreach and coalition building;
  • understanding and articulating detailed ocean policy issues;
  • research and development of print and web-based outreach materials;
  • outreach through use of web-based social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook;
  • updating and management of dedicated ocean planning website; and
  • public speaking, including representing CLF at public meetings, hearings and forums addressing ocean resource conservation and management.

The Ocean Planning Outreach Manager must be comfortable working with a broad range of stakeholders including industry, scientists, elected officials and community activists. This position offers an opportunity to work in a wide range of forums including federal, state, and municipal administrative rulemaking, federal and state legislative lobbying, science and policy symposiums, public outreach events, and a variety of print and electronic media.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Marine Science or Policy, Political Science, Communications or a similar field;
  • Four or more years experience in public interest environmental advocacy, public policy and organizing around environmental issues. This is not an entry-level organizer position;
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, environmental issues, particularly ocean conservation science and policy, and a passion for and commitment to the environmental mission of CLF. Candidates should have the ability to understand and explain the science and policy aspects of environmental problems and their solutions;
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people in a collaborative fashion, to be tenacious yet flexible, determined yet good natured, and with the highest personal and professional integrity;
  • Political awareness and demonstrated excellence and sound judgment in a variety of circumstances;
  • Excellent analytic abilities, exemplary oral and written communication skills;
  • Knowledge and demonstrated use of web-based environmental activism tools, including social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, to build strong coalitions and public action;
  • Ability to work both independently and in team settings and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • 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.

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 “Ocean Planning Outreach Manager” the subject of your e-mail.  Application materials must be received no later than February 9, 2015.  Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

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.

Press Secretary, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a proactive and strategic Press Secretary with advocacy, political and/or campaign experience to oversee the nonprofit environmental organization’s day-to-day external communications and media outreach. The Press Secretary must have strong relationships with national and New England news decision makers (reporters, broadcast producers, editorial boards, influential bloggers), a proven track record for generating positive earned media coverage, excellent writing skills, an innate understanding of leveraging the changing digital landscape to increase visibility, and the ability to turn complex topics into messages that resonate with various audiences. S/he will take the lead on identifying opportunities and platforms for increasing CLF’s visibility, training CLF staff as spokespeople, monitoring the news, and preparing media reports for key stakeholders. The Press Secretary is a member of the Communications and Marketing Department, and reports to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serves as the lead on all media outreach and is the point of contact for media calls and inquiries.
  • Develops, strengthens, and maintains regular contact with news decision makers including reporters, broadcast producers, editors, and influential bloggers on both the regional and national level.
  • Turns CLF’s work into newsworthy stories, and takes the lead on pitching those stories to media (print, broadcast, online).
  • Monitors news and develops rapid response to relevant breaking stories that are opportunities for pushing CLF’s position, programs, and experts. Must be able to write quickly under pressure, and efficiently collaborate with advocacy staff in creating and implementing efficient and rapid response.
  • Identifies strategic media targets and maintains media database.
  • Writes or edits external content for media including press releases, news advisories, statements, and opinion pieces.
  • Oversees and plans press events including press conferences, teleconferences, and other press events ensuring all participants are trained and prepared to deliver CLF’s core messages. Must frequently work within coalitions and ensure CLF’s position and spokespeople receive visibility.
  • Keeps abreast of current and emerging advances in digital communications including areas of information dissemination, social media platforms, and multimedia.
  • Closely monitors environmental news and events to identify and develop media outreach plans.
  • Prepares media analysis and reports for executive staff and board of directors.
  • Some travel in New England required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required
  • Minimum of 5 to 10 years experience leading advocacy, campaign, or campaign media relations in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of AP style guidelines
  • Proficiency in video and photo editing software a plus
  • Knowledge of environmental issues including energy, climate change, and clean water preferred

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 “Press Secretary” the subject of your e-mail. The position will remain open until filled. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

VP and Director, Clean Energy and Climate Change, Boston, MA

The Vice President and Director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Clean Energy and Climate Change (CECC) program will lead a team of advocates to shape and implement that program’s strategic initiatives, including: developing and implementing effective greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements; replacing obsolete technology with new renewable or more efficient technology to generate, transmit and use energy; harnessing market, regulatory and legal tools to reach the climate goals of New England; and ensuring a transition to cleaner fuels and alternatives to the combustion engine in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector.  The work of the CECC program director will encompass, through his or her own work and the team he or she leads, a mix of effective and persuasive policy interventions, legislative proposals, coalition building and development of partnerships with stakeholders from the private, public and NGO sectors, and direct intervention in relevant advocacy cases, including litigation.  This program-specific work must reflect and be integrated with CLF’s other programmatic goals and CLF’s strategic focus on the overarching problem of climate change.  In addition, the CECC program director will work closely with CLF’s development and communications teams to secure necessary resources and visibility for the work of the program, and will supervise staff, interns, and volunteers.

Position Summary

The CECC program director will report to CLF’s executive vice president and director of programs and will be a part of CLF’s Policy Team, which shapes CLF’s advocacy strategies and policies.  The CECC program director will be responsible for creating and implementing innovative and effective strategies in the following areas across New England:

  • Energy generation and transmission;
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and states, including transportation;
  • Market reforms to ensure adequate resources to meet energy reliability and  efficiency and climate needs;
  • Switching to cleaner fuels; and
  • Development, implementation and enforcement of policy and legal initiatives at the state, regional and national level.

The CECC program director will develop, manage, and work directly on high-visibility advocacy initiatives.  She or he will supervise the work of staff attorneys, will develop strategic plans and initiatives for the CECC program, be actively involved in recruiting activities, and will play the central role in strengthening and expanding financial support and visibility for CECC program work in collaboration with CLF’s vice presidents of development and communications and their staffs.

Desired qualifications and skills include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in environmental advocacy – particularly in energy – and preferably as a practicing attorney with at least 10 years’ experience;
  • High level of self-motivation, strong leadership skills and a demonstrated professional commitment to environmental protection;
  • Proven success in fundraising for the nonprofit sector;
  • Direct experience and enthusiastic interest in dealing with energy markets, regulatory agencies particularly in the clean air and energy sectors, innovative and/or clean energy technology and strategic long-term planning;
  • A commitment to diversity and ensuring that all of New England’s communities thrive;
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills;
  • Self-sufficiency in carrying out word-processing and other functions required of staff in a nonprofit with modest resources;
  • Willingness and ability to attend evening meetings and events as needed;
  • Willingness to travel to  all of CLF’s offices and relevant forums in their states;
  • Integrity, sound judgment, and high professional standards;
  • Demonstrated interest in and support for the vision and mission of CLF;
  • Demonstrated capacity to serve as a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate;
  • Demonstrated excellence in analysis, negotiations, and written and oral communications;
  • Aptitude for developing expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas; and
  • Demonstrated success in working with and managing diverse organizations and/or communities in coalitions, campaigns and initiatives.

Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desirable, although many CLF advocates have come from private sector or government backgrounds. An attorney candidate must be a registered member of a State Bar, preferably the Massachusetts Bar.

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive 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 “VP-CECC” the subject of your e-mail.  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.