Sep 20, 2022

Zero Waste Project Attorney (RI/MA/CT)

  • Conservation Law Foundation (Boston, MA)
  • 62 Summer Street, Boston, MA, USA; Providence, RI; New Haven, CT
Full-Time Advocacy/Lobbying Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Legal

Job Description

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a full-time attorney to join its Zero Waste Project team, part of CLF’s Environmental Justice Program, to challenge proposed and existing waste facilities, address plastic pollution, and advocate for zero waste solutions. The advocate will work on zero waste advocacy in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and will be based in one of the following CLF regional offices: Providence, RI; New Haven, CT, or Boston, MA with some opportunity for remote work within New England. Frequent travel throughout the southern New England states is required. The position will be either a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney depending on the final candidate’s level of experience.

 

CLF strongly embraces diversity, equity, inclusion and partnering with communities directly impacted by pollution and regulatory and siting decisions. We are dedicated to maintaining a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a full-time attorney to join its Zero Waste Project team, part of CLF’s Environmental Justice Program, to challenge proposed and existing waste facilities, address plastic pollution, and advocate for zero waste solutions. The advocate will work on zero waste advocacy in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and will be based in one of the following CLF regional offices: Providence, RI; New Haven, CT, or Boston, MA with some opportunity for remote work within New England. Frequent travel throughout the southern New England states is required. The position will be either a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney depending on the final candidate’s level of experience.

 

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; expansion and improvement of recycling, composting, and reuse of products and materials; and development of a circular economy. It is also focused on understanding the connection between disproportionate impacts of waste systems on communities of color, limited English proficient households, and low-income communities and those systems’ contribution to the climate crisis.

 

As a member of CLF’s Zero Waste Project team, you will: 

 

·        Develop relationships, lead or participate in coalitions, and work collaboratively with community and advocacy groups, public officials, and business interests;

·         Devise and execute legal and policy strategies related to the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of statewide Zero Waste programs and regulations, and the development, expansion and operation of waste facilities, in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; 

·         Complement the advocacy of CLF’s Zero Waste Project team in other states (i.e., Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont);

·         Represent CLF and potentially community-based organizations in litigation, administrative proceedings, state legislatures, and to the public; 

·         Advise and work with community and advocacy groups on legal and policy matters to influence zero waste strategies; 

·         Assist CLF’s development team with fundraising efforts; and

·         Assist CLF’s communications team in creating and delivering advocacy news and key messages to the press, our members, and the public.

 

 

 

Hiring Organization

Conservation Law Foundation (Boston, MA)

Qualifications

What you’ll need  

To be successful in this role, you will need: 

 

·          A commitment to protecting and promoting environmental justice, public health, and working toward zero waste strategies;

·         A passion for using and strengthening the law to protect people and natural resources;

·         Excellent analytical skills and the ability to put your analysis into writing that is easily understood by a variety of audiences, including residents without technical or legal knowledge; 

·         A commitment to working collaboratively with diverse colleagues and partners;

·         A high level of organization and strong interpersonal skills, including cultural competence and ability to communicate and collaborate within diverse, multilingual, and multicultural communities;

·         A willingness to travel throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut on a routine basis and a willingness to travel periodically to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont;

·         Litigation experience in state and federal courts, before regulatory agencies, or comparable experience;

·         Experience evaluating legislation and commenting on proposed regulations changes; and

·         Admission to practice in good standing in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and/or Connecticut, or admission elsewhere with a willingness to be admitted to practice in one or more of the southern New England states.

 

CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

 

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Environment, Public Policy

Level

Associate

Benefits

Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The base salary for the Staff Attorney position is $72,250 if based outside of Boston and $80,000 if based in Boston, and the base salary for the Senior Attorney position is $94,500 if based outside of Boston and $105,000 if based in Boston; actual salary and title (Staff attorney or Senior attorney) will reflect experience and qualifications as well as base office location. We recognize the value of work-life balance and also strive to create opportunities for growth for all employees through professional development.

Application Instructions

To Apply

To apply for this exciting position, click on the link below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your cover letter and resume.

 

https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6181430.careers?ShowJob=453385998

 

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

 


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