Legal Fellow – One Year

Jan 26, 2021 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a legal fellow to join our team over to work in our Healthy and Resilient Communities program. The legal fellow may be based in CLF’s Massachusetts, Maine, or New Hampshire office. The position is a one-year term and is available immediately with the possibility of a second year.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to conduct legal research and analysis on complex legal topics, preferably in the area of environmental law. They will be committed to taking initiative, solving problems, and managing a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment. This position is an opportunity to develop and contribute to two of CLF’s emerging areas of focus—climate adaptation liability and regenerative agriculture.

CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

What you’ll do

The Legal Fellow will help develop CLF’s work on two key climate change-focused projects: (1) climate adaptation liability and (2) climate change and agriculture, with a focus on regenerative agriculture. The fellow will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Conduct relevant policy and legal research;
  • Analyze and summarize relevant environmental laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Maintain a repository of relevant research, and monitor legal, legislative, and regulatory developments in these focus areas;
  • Develop and contribute to presentations, webinars, research reports, and journal articles;
  • Contribute ideas for how CLF should expand our advocacy in these two areas.

What you’ll need

  • A law degree from an ABA-approved law school;
  • Admission to or candidacy for the bar in Massachusetts or another state;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting legal research, preferably in the area of environmental law, but not required.
  • A passion for environmental, public health, and/or social justice work;

Commitment to working collaboratively across differences with a diverse group of colleagues and partners;

You might like to know

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 those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.


This position is currently classified as an Advocate 5 position, with a competitive non-profit salary and an extensive benefits plan.

To Apply

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “CLF Legal Fellow” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.