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 Summer Legal Internship

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

Cavers 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 may be available law students not seeking funding.

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. For this reason, candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Rolling acceptance of applications begins in September and ends on February 1, 2014. As hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To Apply

Email is strongly preferred. Your email subject line should state your Name and “Cavers Internship.”

Please submit the following documents in PDF format:  

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

Please submit your materials to:

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 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

Events Manager, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks an experienced events manager to serve as an integral member of an eight-member development team. The events manager will design, manage and execute engaging meetings and events to grow and cultivate CLF’s donor and volunteer base. The events manager reports to the Vice President for Development. This is a full-time exempt position based in Boston, MA. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Lead execution of all Development-led events to further engage and cultivate new and existing relationships;
  • Work with Development team and CLF leadership to help evaluate potential future events;
  • Work with all appropriate CLF staff and volunteers to plan and execute events;
  • Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Set event  timeline and communicate appropriately, often on behalf of VP for Development;
  • Lead event planning meetings
  • Set agenda
  • Send follow-up action lists
  • Project manage all communications materials – invitations, interpretive materials, take-aways, follow-up letters, etc.—with Communications department;
  • Monitor and track event expenses, work on budget development and budget; manage, process invoices through Finance department;
  • Develop a staffing plan;
  • Track RSVPs and create event lists (basic querying) in Raiser’s Edge;
  • Communicate event status to appropriate staff and volunteers (# of RSVP’s, event timeline, staff assignments);
  • Work with prospect research staff to ensure research and briefings are completed in timely manner;
  • On-site event management;
  • Other duties related to events as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, as well as 3-5 years of development experience or related event management experience required;
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred;
  • 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;
  • The ability to manage several projects at various stages of completion.  Good problem- solving skills;
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with the Microsoft Office suite;
  • 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;
  • Experience and success working with communities of color and low-income communities highly desired;
  • 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 “Events Manager” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.

Program Assistant (Interdisciplinary), Boston, MA

CLF has an immediate opening in its Boston office for a Program Assistant. The position provides a wide range of general and legal administrative support to three attorneys in the Clean Energy & Climate Change, Clean Water & Healthy Forests, and Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program areas. The program assistant also provides some support to CLF Ventures, an affiliate of CLF.  Reporting to the Director of Operations and to the Massachusetts Advocacy Center Director, the program assistant will collaborate with advocacy staff and directly support the Boston office.  The program assistant will not only perform regular administrative duties but will also actively participate in program advocacy.  This fun, varied, and challenging position will require regular contact and collaboration with advocacy staff from each CLF program area and state office. CLF is seeking a bright 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 and communities. People of color are encouraged to apply.

General Responsibilities

  • Proofread and format correspondence for CLF letterhead, prepare and mail correspondence (occasionally requires mail merge)
  • Assist with preparation of Powerpoint presentations for advocates’ meetings
  • Assist with preparation of reports to foundations and other communication materials
  • Assist with travel arrangements including securing airfare, rental car, and accommodations
  • Schedule meetings with external parties; can entail creating a Doodle or Google poll and tracking responses
  • Participate in various program meetings, and meetings with, program assistants/office managers
  • Design and create professional factsheets, maps, presentations, and graphics
  • Analyze data using Excel; also create graphs and tables with the software
  • Conduct factual and historical research on a wide range of issues
  • Access publicly available records, both electronic and paper
  • Provide general office support, such as troubleshooting issues related to computers, video conferencing, and printers
  • Provide front desk administrative support as needed (breaks and absences)
  • Serve as primary back-up to other assistants
  • Draft communications materials, e.g., blog posts, web content
  • Arrange and set up coalition meetings at CLF
  • Assist with expense reports, reimbursements, and check requests
  • Organize and maintain up-to-date materials
  • Coordinate efforts between CLFV and other agencies
  • Attend external meetings with Sr. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and CLFV Consultant.

Legal Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with each court’s/agency’s rules, procedures and general legal citations
  • Proofread court filings and exhibits and format appropriately according to each court’s/agency’s rules
  • Prepare, photocopy, and transmit documents according to each court’s/agency’s rules (electronically file and/or hand file and/or post via first-class mail); also file with service list
  • Proofread and format briefs for filing
  • Create Table of Contents and Table of Authorities for legal briefs
  • Download, save, and maintain notices received through the electronic filing system
  • Manage case files: organize hard copies of legal filings, as well as discovery and background documents in binders with tables of contents
  • Review court/case deadlines and calendar for advocates
  • Prepare binders and copies as needed for court hearings/evidentiary hearings
  • Coordinate with court clerks on filings

Required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) plus a minimum of 1-3 years’ relevant office experience is preferred; experience supporting senior staff preferred.
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, environmental issues is preferred.
  • The ability to work independently and to simultaneously manage several projects at various stages of completion.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work well with a wide range of people in a collaborative fashion, including staff, interns, volunteers, policy-makers, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Strong administrative abilities, with demonstrated capacity to perform a wide range of office functions efficiently.
  • Excellent research, analytical, verbal, and writing skills.
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with the Microsoft Office 2007 suite.
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with WordPress, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Strong skills with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Strong work ethic coupled with the ability to be flexible and supportive in a dynamic, sometimes demanding 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.

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 “Program Assistant” the subject of your e-mail. Application materials must be received no later than June 10, 2014.  No phone calls please.

Program Assistant (Ocean Conservation), Boston, MA

CLF has an opening in its Boston office for a program assistant starting in August 2014. The work encompasses a wide range of administrative, policy research, and public outreach work for the Ocean Conservation program, as well as work with other programs. Reporting to the Director of Operations, and to the Massachusetts Advocacy Center Director, the program assistant will not only perform regular administrative duties but will also actively participate in program advocacy. This is an exciting time for ocean conservation and management in the region and across the country; the program assistant will have a front seat role to play working to restore and protect the health of New England’s ocean environment and a number of other programmatic priorities for CLF.  This fun, varied and challenging position will require regular contact and collaboration with advocacy staff from each CLF program area and state office. CLF is seeking a bright 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.  People of color are encouraged to apply.

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to the Ocean Conservation program director, Director of Campaigns, Senior Counsel, Ocean Planning Outreach Manager and other program advocacy staff.
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings and events; assist with travel arrangements.
  • Manage TalkingFish.org blog: create editorial schedule; create original content and edit content by Ocean program staff and external allies; conduct social media outreach.
  • Create and edit content for NewEnglandOceanOdyssey.org in collaboration with Ocean Communications Associate.
  • Provide substantive, technical, research and editorial support to program staff for letters, public comments, outreach materials, reports and other publications.
  • Work with program and communications staff to write and disseminate fact sheets, action alerts, op-eds, letters to the editor, white papers and similar pieces that advance the Ocean Conservation program objectives and message.
  • Serve as a primary back-up to other program assistant staff
  • Provide front desk administrative support as needed (breaks and absences)

Secondary responsibilities

  • Maintain content of Ocean program pages on the CLF website; maintain content on other Ocean program-related websites; develop routine posts for the CLF blog.
  • Create and maintain legal case files, advocacy, resource and other program files in a way that is consistent with CLF’s document management policy.
  • Develop and maintain databases or membership lists, electronic outreach lists, and other web-based or electronic outreach tools.
  • Conduct stakeholder and public outreach on a variety of Ocean program projects and campaigns.
  • In accordance with CLF’s intern policy, and in collaboration with CLF’s Staff Assistant, administer application process and day-to-day guidance of Ocean program interns.

Required skills

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent plus a minimum of 1-3 years’ relevant office experience is required, experience supporting senior staff preferred.
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, environmental issues (particularly marine conservation science and policy) and a passion for the environmental mission of CLF.
  • The ability to work independently and to simultaneously manage several projects at various stages of completion.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work well with a wide range of people in a collaborative fashion, including staff, interns, volunteers, policy-makers, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong administrative abilities, with demonstrated capacity to perform a wide range of office functions efficiently.
  • Excellent research, analytical, verbal, and writing skills.
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with the Microsoft Office 2007 suite.
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency working with WordPress content management system, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Skilled working with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Strong work ethic coupled with the ability to be flexible and supportive in a dynamic, sometimes demanding 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 “Program Assistant, Oceans” the subject of your e-mail. Application materials must be received no later than June 10, 2014.  No phone calls please.

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

Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Boston, MA

Roles and Responsibilities include:

Management/Strategic Communications

  • Supervise, mentor and support a communications and marketing team of three, including a Senior Communications Manager, an Online Engagement Specialist and a Press Officer
  • Oversee the work of the Senior Communications Manager in planning, managing and delivering marketing/communication collateral, annual reports and newsletters, and overall editorial responsibility for external and internal communications materials/publications and media, including editing the organization’s newsletter, Conservation Matters
  • Oversee the work of the Online Engagement Specialist in the development, coordination and management of content for the organization’s website to best represent the organization and its programs, assessing function and content of site to maximize its impact for CLF constituencies
  • Oversee the work of the Press Officer in managing media and public relations, including preparing press and news releases, developing public relations strategies, tracking media appearances, developing talking points, preparing website content, responding to media calls, and generating publicity for CLF and its program areas
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of an annual, highly integrated communications planning process which helps set goals for all programs and states and which includes measurable objectives for internal communications improvement as well as external stakeholder management
  • Integrate both advocacy and policy communications with membership and development communications, with a particular focus on reaching younger and more diverse audiences through social media
  • Oversee the development of an in-house communications system to keep staff abreast of developments within the organization and promote internal dialogue

Marketing and Development Communications

  • Create and distribute targeted and engaging content that attracts high-value prospects to CLF and deepens CLF’s relationship with them over time
  • Create personalized outreach approaches to systematically improve retention levels, engaging staff and board in donor cultivation, and the creation of communications strategies that segment members by interest area, while continuing to highlight CLF’s regional focusDevelop other innovative, non-traditional communications tools to further advance the organizational mission and goals
  • Ensure consistency of style and readability of materials by general audiences

Media and Public Relations

  • Create and implement a plan to cultivate and build relationships with New England media in order to raise CLF’s profile as the leading environmental advocacy organization in the region
  • Promote CLF’s successes and thought leadership via high-visibility influential platforms including the press, social media, and CLF’s own media (including websites, blogs, newsletters and speaking engagements)
  • Work as part of the senior staff team to create and implement innovative and effective communications campaigns to promote CLF’s mission and respond to periodic opportunities
  • Create protocols and procedures for messaging and communications through the organization, and train, prepare and build capacity of state and program staff to work with media

Qualifications

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a communications-related field or comparable experience required
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience in the field of communications with demonstrated expertise in the fundamentals of strategic communications, i.e., message development, media and public relations, social media, supporter engagement, development communications, marketing and advocacy
  • A minimum of three years of experience supervising others
  • Proven ability to recruit, train and motivate employees
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a strong artistic sense
  • Ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources, including attorneys and policy makers, and present it to a lay audience in a compelling and vibrant manner
  • Proven track record of success in using social media to engage a diverse and growing audience
  • Experience in creating and implementing a strategic communications plan
  • Ability to cultivate and build strong media contacts in New England
  • Experience in and/or passion for environmental work
  • Experience working in advocacy/campaign-oriented environment preferred
  • Willingness to travel to state offices within New England (expected travel 10-20%)

Personal characteristics

  • Collaborative team-player
  • Proactive and strategic, a self-starter with the ability to chart his or her own course
  • Self-confident and able to push back, although not ego-driven
  • Organized, efficient and able to balance the day-to-day demands of the role with the strategic vision critical to success

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

Conservation Law Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Rebecca Brodish.