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.

Administrative Internship, Summer 2015, Boston, MA

An internship at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) provides an exciting opportunity for students to participate in the work of one of New England’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.  The Summer Administrative Intern will work closely with CLF’s senior leadership, assisting with managerial, organizational, and other projects in our Boston office.  You’ll work with the executive assistant to CLF’s president, the development team, and other departments as appropriate, and have the opportunity to observe environmental advocacy at its best.  This position is unpaid and hours are M-F, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Assist with preparation for CLF’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Conduct research, inventory and organize our archives, and present summaries and recommendations to staff, including senior management. The work will include coordination with our Legal, Communications and Development staff for guidelines and focus, a lot of nitty-gritty work organizing and summarizing boxes of material, occasionally with other interns (which may include law students), researching capital campaigns and anniversary celebrations of other environmental and non-profit organizations and creating presentations of work for staff.
  • Conduct comparative research on Development best practices and assist with the preparation for fundraising events
  • Administrative projects, including data cleanup, scanning, identification and organization of CLF files
  • Other data projects as needed
  • Development and Communications projects as needed

Eligibility:

College Juniors and Seniors.  Have excellent communication and writing skills, the ability to work independently and take initiative, with experience in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.  Someone who likes to organize and displays perseverance will succeed in this role.  Those interested in environmental advocacy are highly encouraged to apply.

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 internships@clf.org.  Please make “Administrative Internship” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please. [Posted 3/6/2015]

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)

About CLF
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.

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]

Director of Research and Partnerships, CLF Ventures, Boston, MA

As the non-profit strategy consulting arm of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), CLF Ventures (CLFV) 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 to achieve the key outcomes necessary for a healthier and more sustainable society, environment, and economy in the New England region and beyond.

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.

In recent years, CLF Ventures 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 Ventures’ first fund is the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF), managed by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC).  HNEF is a blended private equity fund that invests in high-impact real estate projects with potential to transform neighborhoods, strengthen community and environmental health, and promote regional equity while providing attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors.  The Fund provides patient, early-stage capital for catalytic residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects and helps to leverage other sources of private and public financing.

Alongside the HNEF development work, CLFV has received a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to conduct baseline research and evaluation of health impacts related to the built environment in neighborhoods receiving an HNEF investment.  The proposed project will allow the research team to take a “deep dive” on key questions related to the built environment and health outcomes and to examine the mechanisms by which neighborhood environments influence behavior and in turn shape population health.

The search

CLFV is seeking a Director of Research and Partnerships (Director) with a minimum of ten years of progressive management experience leading multi-stakeholder public health initiatives.  The Director will lead the RWJF research work on behalf of the CLF/CLFV team and provide direction and guidance to project partners, including the Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Urban Imprint, Community Health Centers and other community-based organizations.  The Director will also work closely with four key managers/consultants: (1) CLF’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives; (2) CLF’s Vice President and Director of Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program (HCEJ); (3) CLFV’s Director of Fund Development; and (4) CLF’s health strategy and metrics consultant, who is also a co-principal investigator on the grant. That management group’s objective will be to grow the organization’s healthy communities portfolio, including direct investments and consulting work related to fund design, development and metrics.  The Director will be chiefly responsible for working with RWJF and other staff, consultants, and partners to document and disseminate research findings through publications and conference presentations.

This is a full-time exempt position.  The Director of Research and Partnerships will report to the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead RWJF research project, including management of grant award, partner relationships, and sub-contracts;
  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership on research design, including selection of target and control neighborhoods, interview protocol, and selection of measures for longitudinal research study;
  • Work with CLF and CLFV team to develop longitudinal research project proposal, building on baseline research and evaluation;
  • Interact with stakeholder group of foundations, practitioners and policy makers on a regular basis to keep them informed and engaged in the work;
  • Document learning and lessons for the field through journal articles and participation in professional conference and other events;
  • Work closely with the VP/HCEJ Director and the Director of Fund Development to explore new partnerships and strategies for expanding the healthy communities portfolio;
  • Serve as a technical resource for CLF and CLFV staff on metrics and evaluation.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Graduate degree in public health, public administration, or related field.
  • Ten-plus years of progressive management experience leading multi-stakeholder public health initiatives in a non-profit or public agency.
  • Demonstrated interest in community development, health equity, and/or impact investing.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Direct experience with grants management and reporting, including oversight of project partners, budgets, contracts and sub-contracts.
  • Direct experience with mixed-methods research design and use of clinical health data. Familiarity with BRFSS and other public health survey instruments a plus.
  • Independent and entrepreneurial thinker with a track record of launching and/or scaling up new projects and programs and translating ideas into action.
  • Experience working in low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Creativity, tenacity, good humor, and ability to work within a multifaceted organization.

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 “Director of Research and Partnerships” the subject of your e-mail.  No phone calls please.

Lake Champlain Lakekeeper, Montpelier, VT

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Lake Champlain Lakekeeper (Lakekeeper) to advocate and work toward the restoration and protection of the Lake Champlain watershed, with a focus on water quality. The Lakekeeper will be responsible for building and engaging a strong and coordinated constituent base willing to play an active role in advocating for and implementing needed solutions to protect the Lake Champlain watershed. She/he must be a diligent advocate for improved water quality and ecosystem health using sound science and a knowledge of the workings of the state and federal agencies that are responsible for the watershed’s health. She/he will interface with other non-governmental, quasi-governmental and governmental organizations involved in Lake Champlain-related matters, as well as municipal officials and the national Waterkeeper Alliance network, to generate further interest in the Lake Champlain watershed and support for measures needed to protect it. She/he must represent CLF in public and participate in governmental activities related to the watershed.

This is a full-time exempt position based in Montpelier, Vermont.  Job duties will include:

  • Building and maintaining a constituent base of support from among the public and strategically coordinating / harnessing the interest of other organizations to build and leverage an effective, unified voice for the watershed;
  • Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, the media, scientists, state and federal regulators, elected officials, and major funders of the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper program;
  • Preparing fact sheets, Op-Eds, and other commentaries, and making strategic use of social media to address issues affecting the watershed;
  • Testifying at governmental hearings and public meetings regarding the watershed;
  • Preparing comments on permits and other administrative actions affecting the watershed;
  • Educating government officials regarding the importance of the watershed and the science supporting CLF positions on Lake Champlain issues;
  • Meeting regularly with governmental entities and Lake Champlain-related groups to have a positive influence on the direction of programs and the beneficial and strategic use of funds;
  • Patrolling waters within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper, engaging in or coordinating water quality monitoring, and receiving and responding to calls from the public, to identify problems that need to be addressed;
  • Working with CLF attorneys to develop and advance policy positions and initiatives, and to develop and prosecute legal actions as necessary.

Preferred experience for this position includes:

  • Degree in the sciences or environmental policy;
  • Direct experience with water quality issues;
  • Experience within the Lake Champlain watershed and with stakeholders within the watershed;
  • Advanced writing skills;
  • Direct experience with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences;
  • Advanced program development, planning and implementation skills;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Experience operating/piloting a boat.

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 “Lake Champlain Lakekeeper” the subject of your e-mail. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please. [Revised 3/10/2015]

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

Ocean Communications Associate, Boston, MA

CLF has an opening for an Ocean Communications Associate. Reporting to the Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation and the Vice President of Communications, s/he will be dedicated to developing and executing integrated print and electronic communications strategies to advance the goals of CLF’s Ocean Conservation Program.  This is an opportunity to join a highly experienced and dynamic team of dedicated environmental advocates working on critical ocean conservation issues facing New England and the nation.  Key responsibilities of the Ocean Communications Associate will include but are not limited to:

  • Create and implement news media strategies to build visibility and support for CLF’s ocean conservation advocacy objectives. Write press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds and other opinion pieces and media talking points;
  • Research and write reports, fact sheets, newsletter articles and other print and electronic materials for use in various ocean campaign initiatives;
  • Create and implement dynamic digital communications strategies to engage and mobilize the online community and support the Ocean Conservation program and its campaigns.
  • Research, write and curate a variety of online content for CLF’s various blogs (Talking Fish, New England Ocean Odyssey, New England Ocean Action, and CLF Scoop) and associated social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other outlets.
  • Assist with maintenance and updates of CLF’s ocean-oriented websites.
  • Develop relationships with state, regional and national reporters and pitch stories.
  • Monitor print and electronic news and social media coverage and collect and distribute media clips and news analysis on relevant issues.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years prior experience as a journalist, media liaison, or other position involving media/press relations, and experience in creating and executing social media campaigns.
  • 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 desirable. Candidates should have the ability to understand and explain the science and policy aspects of environmental problems and their solutions.
  • Excellent analytic abilities and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing a variety of social media channels as part of an overall engagement program and knowledge of social media trends.
  • Proficiency in WordPress, PhotoShop and Microsoft Word.
  • Proficiency in video editing software (i.e., Final Cut Pro) a plus.
  • Knowledge of AP Style guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines under pressure while working on multiple projects.
  • Good sense of humor.
  • Must be willing and able to travel throughout New England.

Salary and Benefits:

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

Note: This position is scheduled initially to be full-time with guaranteed funding for one year.  Continuation of the position beyond one year will be contingent upon funding availability.

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 Communications Associate” the subject of your e-mail.  Application materials must be received no later than March 23, 2015.  Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please. [Posted 2/24/2015]

Ocean Planning Outreach Manager, Boston, MA

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:

Qualified candidates will have:

  • 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.   Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

Ocean Program Intern, Boston, MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an Ocean Program intern to conduct a variety of research, writing, and administrative tasks to enrich and promote the advocacy work of its Ocean Conservation program. The Ocean Program intern will primarily assist with creating original content and conducting social media outreach for blogs managed by the Ocean Conservation Program that foster informed discussion about New England ocean issues. He or she will also be expected to complete a variety of other tasks, including researching and writing blog and website content for CLF’s organization-wide blog, the CLF Scoop; conducting additional research projects of interest to the Ocean Conservation Program staff; and assisting with occasional administrative tasks to increase the organization and efficiency of the Ocean Conservation team.

The Ocean Program intern will be based in CLF’s Boston office and will report to the Ocean Conservation Program Assistant.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Preferred major in ocean or marine studies
  • Exceptional research, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
  • A strong and demonstrated interest in environmental advocacy and policy, preferably including a basic understanding of fisheries management and ocean conservation issues;
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite and social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter; knowledge of WordPress content management system and Adobe Photoshop is a plus, but not required;
  • The ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • A strong commitment to CLF’s mission, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Research and draft blog posts for publication on New England Ocean Odyssey, TalkingFish.org, and the CLF Scoop;
  • Use social media tools to market blog content and track views and sharing;
  • Assist with research on a variety of ocean-related topics that are of mutual interest to the Ocean Conservation Program staff and the Ocean Program intern;
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including indexing press clips and documents and assisting with file organization.

The Ocean Program Internship is an unpaid summer internship and requires a minimum commitment of three days a week. Interested candidates should to send a cover letter (e.g. “SMITH J COVER), resume (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME), and a writing sample to Human Resources at internships@clf.org. Application materials must be received no later than April 24, 2015.

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.

 


Summer Fund Intern, CLF Ventures, Boston, MA

Background:

Conservation Law Foundation Ventures (CLFV) has an initiative which brings market-based solutions to solving environmental problems in New England. We work in areas mission-aligned with active CLF programs including clean energy, clean water, healthy forests, healthy neighborhoods, environmental justice, and oceans. We identify funding gaps, design appropriate funding vehicles, set up partnerships to launch and manage funds, participate on investment committees, raise capital and monitor impacts. Our goal is to catalyze positive change which benefits the environment and greater social good by driving capital to opportunities constrained by funding.

Position Description:

The Research Intern will research high-priority opportunities as part of process to determine viability of impact investing opportunities. Sample projects will include work related to fund development such as:

  • Development of viable eco-system services fund concept
  • Development of viable flexible financing food fund concept
  • Further Development of trial sustainable fisheries quota investment
  • Sustainable Fisheries Fund: comprehensive list and contact information of commercial as well as small- scale sustainable fisherman in New England; data on Sector membership and quota amounts
  • Energy Efficiency Fund concept development

In addition to fund development work, Intern will undertake a “Coopetition” landscape study which reflects similar market-oriented approaches to solving environmental problems being undertaken by like-minded environmental organizations like the Nature Conservancy and the National Resource Defense Counsel.

Research projects’ definition and scope are subject to change. The position is part-time, 20 hours per week June 15th through August 15th. Only current students are eligible for this internship. Individuals not currently enrolled in a degree program will be considered for volunteer positions. This internship is unpaid.

Candidate Education and Skills:

  • Current graduate-level study in business/finance preferred, but environmental science/studies, environmental/public policy/planning, and/or environmental/resource management studies are also a positive
  • Top-notch organizational and task management skills, communication and analytical skills
  • Understanding of basic private equity and or loan fund structures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Creativity, research savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, resourcefulness, initiative, self-starting can-do work ethic, and a passion for impact investing and environmental issues

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 internships@clf.org by MAY 15, 2015.  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.