Staff Attorney, Zero Waste Project

Feb 01, 2019 Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a staff attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The staff attorney will work with the CLF Zero Waste Project team and CLF staff from our five offices in New England to advance CLF’s leading environmental advocacy in New England.

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, expanding and improving recycling, composting, and reuse of products and materials, and the development of a circular economy. CLF’s Zero Waste work spurs changes in individual behavior, as well as waste management practices at the municipal, state, regional, and institutional levels. Most importantly, as part of the Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice department, CLF’s Zero Waste work prioritizes overhauling materials management systems so they no longer disparately impact Environmental Justice Communities.

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

You will help us to:

  • Devise and execute legal and policy strategies for achieving CLF’s advocacy goals, particularly in matters related to the adoption of statewide Zero Waste programs and regulations, and the permitting of waste facilities and enforcing regulations through litigation;
  • Complement the work of CLF’s Zero Waste Project team in other states;
  • Represent CLF in litigation, administrative proceedings, at the state legislatures, and to the public;
  • Advise and work with 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; and
  • Influence projects, policies, legislation, and plans.

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. Someone who has:

  • 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 a diverse group of colleagues and partners; and
  • Is admitted to practice in good standing in one of the New England states’ bars.


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. 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.