Riverkeeper seeks a staff attorney for its Legal Program, reporting to the Program Director. The Staff Attorney will immediately work with senior attorneys on Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant litigation. The Staff Attorney will expand Riverkeeper’s presence and effectiveness in the mid to upper Hudson River watershed and the New York City drinking water watershed through litigation, advocacy, public education, and public outreach in order to advance Riverkeeper’s policy goals of fishable, swimmable waterways. The position requires significant travel throughout the Hudson River Valley, and a commitment to attend meetings and appointments that may be outside of normal business hours.
Riverkeeper is looking for a qualified experienced environmental litigator and advocate with an exceptional commitment to the environment and a strong academic and experiential-learning record.
- Reports to: Director of Legal Programs
- Supervises: Interns, periodically
- Geographic Work Area: mid to upper Hudson River watershed and the New York City Drinking Water watershed (the “watersheds”)
All candidates must:
- Be admitted to practice law in New York State, or be qualified to be admitted upon motion, or sit for the next administration of the New York State bar exam if necessary;
- Have a strong commitment to Riverkeeper’s mission and goals and possess a general familiarity with non-profit environmental organizations;
- Demonstrate familiarity with federal administrative and environmental law;
- Have at least 3 years of litigation experience;
- Have excellent writing, research and communication skills;
- Be energetic, creative, well organized, independent, hard-working, personable, and have a sense of humor; and
- Be able to maintain a flexible work schedule, be willing to work some evenings, and frequently travel throughout the Hudson Valley for meetings.
Candidates will be preferred who:
- Have training or experience in environmental policy;
- Have training or experience in public oral advocacy;
- Have training or experience with the Clean Water Act, RCRA, NEPA, NY SEQRA, CERCLA, and/or the Atomic Energy Act.
LEGAL WORK & ENFORCEMENT
- Indian Point Campaign
- Contribute to Indian Point Campaign strategies, briefs and hearings
- Enforce Environmental Laws
- Strategize and develop cases with program directors and Riverkeeper attorneys to protect and restore the watersheds
- Investigate Clean Water Act and other violations in the watersheds
- Develop cases on your own or based on watchdog reports or from boat program, etc.
- Support boat program with cases/investigations
- Research, secure, and coordinate necessary outside counsel and expert witnesses
- File local, state and federal information requests
- Review site specific legal documents
- Commence and advance enforcement lawsuits with support from senior counsel, from Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and/or on your own
- Lead settlement negotiations, and monitor post settlement compliance
POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
- Maximize Riverkeeper efficiency and achievement in the watersheds
- Establish and enhance Riverkeeper presence and effectiveness in the region by:
- Leading policy initiatives to support water quality, fisheries, enforcement, superfund, access, etc.
- Reviewing bills, lobbying, testifying at public hearings, developing policy papers, etc.
- Initiating, maintaining and expanding strategic relationships with constituency groups, environmental organizations, private advocates and funders
- Participating in government and administrative process to develop awareness of issues and advocate and advance Riverkeeper priorities
- Reaching and actively engaging the public through meetings, public events, and public speaking
- Extensively traveling within the watersheds to organize and attend meetings with elected officials, law enforcement, regulators and the public
- Work with development department to create and expand relationships with donors and foundations.
- Work with communications department to develop relationships with the public, reporters, coordinate earned media efforts, and invite media and other officials on Riverkeeper boat
- Serve as spokesperson for campaigns, represent Riverkeeper at regional and national conferences, forums
- Monitor Environmental Notice Bulletin, state administrative rules, County, Town and local notices, and Army Corps Notices, etc.
- Oversee interns, volunteers, and Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic students
- Attend case review at Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic when in session
- Coordinate with the Program Director and President to brief and explain legal actions to the Board for approval
- Develop, with assistance from team members, quarterly reports
- Work with development team to draft grants and grant reports for foundations
Compensation and Benefits: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: February 19, 2016
Application Procedure: Please submit your résumé, cover letter and writing sample, not to exceed ten pages, to our Chief of Staff Deborah Brown at DBrown@riverkeeper.org. Please write STAFF ATTORNEY in the subject line. Phone calls will not be accepted.
Download PDF: Riverkeeper Staff Attorney January 2016