Job Title: Attorney

We are hiring a staff attorney (ideally 2-4 years of experience) to work on complex Clean Air Act (CAA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) oil and gas-related legal issues both on the federal level and as part of our team working on state-level, facility-specific, and community-based issues in western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. Applicants must demonstrate strong writing, legal research, and negotiation skills, and ideally should also possess pollution data research skills (or be willing to become proficient in working with various publicly available pollution databases). This position involves filing federal deadline suits, unreasonable delay suits, developing and litigating citizen suits and state and federal permit appeals, some grant writing (proposals and reports), as well as interest in working with our Pittsburgh-based grassroots organizer and various coalitions.

Required Qualifications:

  • JD from an accredited law school
  • CAA experience highly preferred; RCRA experience a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively influence and communicate across all levels of management
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, fast-changing environment
  • Comfort working within ambiguous problem areas, with diverse stakeholders, and collaborating effectively
  • Work in DC area

Required Information to be Submitted with Application:

  • Law school transcripts (unofficial is sufficient) for applicants with less than 3 years of legal work experience
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no more than 6 pages)
  • Cover letter
  • Phone and email contact for three references

This position is for full-time employment. Benefits include health insurance, 401K eligibility, a competitive nonprofit salary, a generous vacation and sick leave policy, and a friendly, supportive work environment. 

The Environmental Integrity Project acts as a watchdog because we have to. State and federal agencies charged with protecting the environment often are squeezed by limited resources and political interference from well-funded lobbyists hired by the industries they are required to regulate. We help level the playing field by giving communities the legal and technical resources they need to claim their rights under environmental laws.

Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color often bear disproportionate health burdens from environmental pollution. The Environmental Integrity Project seeks to serve environmental justice communities by engaging directly with residents, making air and water pollution data more accessible, and reducing pollution through environmental permit reviews and advocacy work.

Interested persons should send their resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references to the attention of Mary Greene, EIP Deputy Director, at hr@environmentalintegrity.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Job Title: Full-Time Legal Assistant

The Environmental Integrity Project is seeking a full-time Legal Assistant to advance environmental protections under federal and state environmental laws in its Washington, DC office. The Legal Assistant will support EIP’s attorneys with case development, administrative filings, and litigation. EIP advocates for environmental protection and public health through legal, research, and communication strategies. The Legal Assistant will work with our attorneys on both litigation tasks (for example court filings) and also on non-litigation tasks (for example, research and data analysis).

The Legal Assistant will be expected to:

  • Proofread, edit, check facts and legal citations
  • Format legal filings, including preparation of tables of authority, tables of contents, and exhibits, ensuring all court rules are met
  • Compile, organize, and track discovery, docket filings, and other relevant case documents
  • File and serve legal documents as required, whether electronically, by mail, or in person
  • Help prepare for and assist attorneys during depositions, hearings, trials, oral arguments, and presentations, as needed
  • Calculate and track court deadlines
  • Assist with case development, including but not limited to: drafting, submitting, and tracking public information requests; reviewing documents; gathering, compiling, and analyzing facility-level data; and conducting compliance audits
  • Assist in the preparation of public reports and whitepapers
  • Travel as needed
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Work in the DC area; ability to head into the DC office and travel to local DC and Maryland courthouses to handle any necessary mailing, printing, and filing tasks as they arise.
  • Detail-oriented, exceptionally well-organized, able to multitask and manage competing priorities with internal and external deadlines, proactive, and a quick and independent learner.
  • Well-versed in using Windows PCs, the internet and web browsers, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Outlook, Power Point, and Excel).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work well under pressure.
  • A four-year undergraduate degree in political science, public policy, pre-law, environmental studies, English, history, sociology, or a related field is preferred.
  • Previous legal support or paralegal experience is a plus but not required. Previous nonprofit or government experience is also a plus.

The ideal addition to our team will be driven, inquisitive, and passionate about environmental protection.

Compensation/Hours: This position is for full-time employment. Pay commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health insurance, 401K eligibility, a competitive nonprofit salary, a generous vacation and sick leave policy, and a friendly, supportive work environment.

To Apply: Please submit PDF copies of the following materials to Sylvia Lam at hr@environmentalintegrity.org and include your last name and “Legal Assistant Application” in the email subject line:

  1. a cover letter
  2. resume
  3. a list of three references
  4. school transcript (unofficial is sufficient) for those with less than two years of relevant post-college work experience

If you are selected for an interview, our hiring team may ask you to submit a short writing sample or complete a brief editing or written exercise.


2021 FALL AND 2022 SPRING LAW CLERK ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Law Clerk

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 to advance environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental laws. The clerks’ duties will include legal research related to environmental, administrative, and information-collecting statutes and regulations, review of pollution permits and data, and production of legal memoranda, public comments, litigation documents, and issue-focused reports.  Candidates with a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred. 

EIP is a nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws. The organization has three objectives:  (1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects the public’s health; (2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and (3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled law students or recent law school graduates are eligible to apply. Candidates preferably should have completed at least one year of law school and have a strong interest in environmental advocacy. The ideal candidate will have a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and/or non-profit advocacy. Previous experience with the Clean Air Act and/or the Clean Water Act, developing or litigating cases, commenting on or challenging permits or rules, policy analysis, media outreach, and/or coalition building would also be helpful. Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks at once and work well with others, and must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills.

Compensation / Hours: Academic credit or hourly wage. Full-time (Summer 2021); Full- or part-time (Spring 2021/Fall 2021).

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and three references.

Please address your cover letter/email to Sunny Lee, put your last name and “[Spring/Summer/Fall] 2021 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of the email, and submit your application materials to hr@environmentalintegrity.org.