Staff Attorney, Transportation

Jun 09, 2021 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 with CLF’s Environmental Justice Program and Clean Energy and Climate Change Program to advance CLF’s prominent transportation advocacy in Massachusetts.  This position is based in CLF’s Boston office, with some opportunity for remote and flexible work. 

CLF is dedicated to creating transportation systems that increase mobility, are accessible to everyone, connect people to opportunities, support the creation and maintenance of livable neighborhoods, are prepared for the increasing climate threats to infrastructure, and reduce air pollution, traffic, and greenhouse gas emissions, while equitably distributing its benefits and burdens.

You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission.  The successful candidate will report to the Vice President, Environmental Justice, and work closely with the Vice President, Clean Energy and Climate Change, and the Vice President, Massachusetts as well as the CLF transportation and climate teams.

What you’ll do

  • Devise and execute legal and policy strategies for achieving CLF’s advocacy goals;
  • Research current transportation policy matters, including as they relate to the climate crisis;
  • Develop and promote innovative transportation policies;
  • Represent CLF in litigation and administrative proceedings and to the public through presentations and in the media;
  • Appear before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and utility commissions in other states;
  • Partner with and advise community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Participate in state and regional transportation coalitions;
  • Build alliances and coalitions among impacted and allied entities that may include community-based organizations, 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

  • A passion for and commitment to transportation, the environment, and social justice;
  • Transportation advocacy experience;
  • Public utility commission experience;
  • Excellent analytical skills; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • High level of organization and attention to detail;
  • Strong 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;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and partners;
  • A law degree and Massachusetts bar membership in good standing or willingness to join the Massachusetts bar.

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 statehouses, courthouses, boardrooms, regulatory hearings, and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF frequently works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately from 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.

Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.  The base salary for this position is $69,000; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

To Apply

If this 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 “Staff Attorney, Transportation” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.