Staff Attorney (Climate Justice and Community Resilience)

May 13, 2019 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a staff attorney to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The staff attorney will work on climate and transportation justice and resilience with staff in CLF’s Community Resilience and Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Programs (HCEJ). This position is based in CLF’s Boston office.

What you’ll do

CLF’s HCEJ program works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, overcome historic disinvestment and structural inequality, improve public health and social mobility, and reduce our waste stream to zero, as we advocate for a robust sustainable food economy and accessible, reliable, affordable transportation options.

CLF’s Community Resilience program works to address the impacts of climate change on communities and the environment by helping to prepare for and adapt to, and increase the capacity to recover from, changing conditions.

We collaborate with and support community-based frontline environmental justice partners seeking to change the balance of power and decision-making on environmental, climate, and public health issues that impact their communities.

You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission.

You will help us:

  • Devise and execute legal and policy strategies for achieving advocacy goals set by CLF, in collaboration with our community-based partners;
  • Represent CLF and others in litigation and administrative proceedings;
  • Represent CLF to the public through presentations, in the media, and attendance at public meetings (which may include occasional evening meetings or events);
  • Develop relationships with communities and work with them to identify opportunities to partner or collaborate on EJ-related issues;
  • Advise community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Build alliances and coalitions among parties that may include community groups, public officials, business interests, and other organizations;
  • Draft public comment letters on projects, policies, and plans; and
  • Prepare reports, memos, and presentations.

What you’ll need

We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter who can work both independently and as a team member. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Passion for and commitment to environmental, public health, and social justice work;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to developing new skills and responsibilities and working collaboratively;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to put your analysis into writing that is easily understood;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities;
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Candidates must be admitted to practice in good standing in or be willing to join the Massachusetts bar.


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

You might like to know

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 those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often disproportionately bear the impacts of environmental degradation and lack access to environmental benefits.

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 thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “CLF Climate Staff Attorney” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.

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.