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Climate Legal Fellow

Natural Resources Defense Council

Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Job Type:
Law Firm Associate
Job Status:
Full Time, Contract
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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking an experienced Attorney to work with the climate and litigation teams. The fellow will focus on developing affirmative litigation that furthers NRDC’s efforts to address the threat of climate change. This includes, but is not limited to, potential legal actions against major firms responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and resulting climate disruption. This is a 2-year fellowship, with potential for extension. This position will be located in either our Washington, DC or New York office.


The Fellow will work with senior attorneys in NRDC’s Climate and Litigation teams. The Fellow’s core responsibility will be to develop affirmative litigation to address climate change risks that complement NRDC’s existing legislative and regulatory strategies to achieve significant emission reductions. The Fellow’s docket will encompass all phases of litigation, including case development, trial and appeals.



  • juris Doctorate and 4-8 years experience.
  • Experience developing and litigating complex cases.
  • Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent academic and professional record.
  • Affinity for creative, tough argument.
  • Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork.
  • Capacity to work hard, efficiently, and independently.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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