Staff Attorney, Zero Waste Project (ME, NH, VT)

Sep 17, 2020 Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has an immediate opening for a staff attorney to work on the organization’s Zero Waste Project team, part of CLF’s Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Program, on Zero Waste advocacy in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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  

CLF’s Zero Waste Project is aligned with the global Zero Waste movement as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance — the reduction of disposal; expansion and improvement of recycling, composting, and reuse of products and materials; and development of a circular economy.

As a member of CLF’s Zero Waste Project team, you will advance CLF’s mission by: 

  • Devising and executing legal and policy strategies related to the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of statewide Zero Waste programs and regulations, and the development, expansion and operation of waste facilities, in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont;
  • Complementing the advocacy of CLF’s Zero Waste Project team in other states (i.e., Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut);
  • Representing CLF in litigation, administrative proceedings, at the state legislatures, and to the public;
  • Advising and working with community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
  • Building alliances and coalitions among parties including community groups, public officials, business interests, and other organizations; and
  • Influencing projects, policies, legislation, and plans on zero waste strategies.

What you’ll need  

We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter who is able to work both independently and as a productive team member, with the following characteristics: 

  • A commitment to protecting and promoting the environment, public health, and social justice;
  • A passion for using and strengthening the law to protect natural resources and communities;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to put your analysis into writing that is easily understood by a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • High level of organization and attention to detail, and 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;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with diverse colleagues and partners; and
  • Is admitted to practice in good standing in Maine, New Hampshire, and/or Vermont, or is admitted elsewhere with a willingness to be admitted to practice in one or more of the northern New England states.


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 water pollution to community problems like childhood lead poisoning. 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. 

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 Zero Waste Project Staff Attorney” the subject of your e-mail and indicate if you have a geographic preference (Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont) for purposes of office location. No phone calls please.