Staff Attorney – Climate & Energy – WildEarth Guardians – Santa Fe

Position Summary:
The American West with its millions of acres of public lands, incredible diversity of ecosystems, and vibrant healthy communities needs dedicated attorneys to protect it. At a time when so much of what we value is in peril, WildEarth Guardians seeks a dynamic and motivated public interest focused attorney to join our Litigation Team as a staff attorney. As part of the Guardians’ Litigation Team, the Staff Attorney will develop and litigate cases primarily for Guardians’ Climate & Energy Program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with Guardians’ Climate & Energy Program to develop and implement legal strategies that meet the Program’s goals of exposing the true cost of oil and gas extraction and leverage environmental and health liabilities to support and sustain action to end fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Develop, evaluate, and implement Climate & Energy litigation by conducting factual and legal research, preparing and presenting technical administrative and legal comments, filing appeals challenging air pollution and other environmental permits for oil and gas facilities, and initiating and engaging in rule-making petitions related to the regulation of air, waste, and water.
Litigate cases in state court and at the administrative level, and assist in federal environmental enforcement actions with other staff attorneys.
Develop and maintain relationships with outside counsel representing Guardians and work cooperatively as co-counsel with outside counsel.
Manage and mentor legal interns and contract legal assistance when appropriate.
Willingness to travel within the United States for case-related matters. Guardians litigates in multiple western states including Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Montana, as well as in the District of Columbia.

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Current bar membership status in at least one western state or District of Columbia, required.
5 years of experience in litigation or a combination of litigation-adjacent experience such as administrative appeals/advocacy, record review, commenting on agency actions, preferred.
Environmental and natural resources experience preferred. We will consider applicants with less than 5 years of litigation or litigation-adjacent experience where the applicant can demonstrate relevant, equivalent experience.
Ability to handle a busy litigation docket with a minimum of three cases pending at any given time.
Solid skills in organization; legal and non-legal writing, research, and analysis; and oral advocacy.
Passion for protecting the people, places, and the climate of the American West.
Demonstrated commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Capacity to embrace conflict and cooperate without compromising Guardians’ values.
Emotional maturity and self-awareness.
Willingness to take calculated risks.
Integrity, kindness, and sense of humor.

Compensation:
$68,000 – $80,000 annual salary commensurate with experience.
Preferred Location: Santa Fe, NM or Denver, CO
Remote work in other Intermountain West states will be considered depending on level of experience.

Benefits:
WildEarth Guardians offers a flexible and generous benefits package for staff. Benefits for full-time staff include 100% medical and dental employee coverage paid for by the employer, vision, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan with a 3% match after 2 years of full-time employment, paid and unpaid health and family leave, a sabbatical policy, sick leave, three weeks paid vacation to start, and fourteen holidays including 5 floating holidays to be taken at any time. Benefits are prorated for part-time employees to correspond to the employee’s schedule: holiday, vacation, sick time, 403(b) retirement plan with a 3% match after 2 years of full-time employment. Part-time employees are not eligible for health coverage or sabbatical leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer
WildEarth Guardians is an Equal Opportunity Organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from historically excluded communities.

ADA Statement
WildEarth Guardians committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, WildEarth Guardians, will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact apply@wildearthguardians.org.

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