Advocates for the West seeks an experienced attorney to join our team of passionate environmental attorneys to protect the American West through strategic litigation and legal advocacy. The position will initially focus on assisting with existing litigation, and then expand
to include a wide range of cases involving public lands, fish and wildlife, and communities.
About Advocates for the West
Advocates for the West is a leading non-profit public interest environmental law firm with offices in Boise, ID, and Portland, OR. We provide legal counseling and representation to a wide array of conservation groups, Native American Tribes, and individuals, primarily in federal court
Advocates for the West’s current docket is focused on fighting public lands oil and gas leasing; protecting sage-grouse habitat throughout the Interior West; saving the Pacific Northwest’s salmon, steelhead, and other imperiled fish; defending special places stretching from the coast of California to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and national forests in northern Washington to
the borderlands of Arizona; and protecting communities from mining and pollution.
Learn more about the firm’s 18+ years of success at www.advocateswest.org.
The Staff Attorney works with the Executive Director and legal staff to develop and prosecute cases, both as a lead attorney and in partnership with other attorneys depending on the case. The position entails developing close working relationships with client groups and experts, and understanding the complex legal and regulatory framework of western public lands and natural
resource management. The Staff Attorney may serve on the Litigation Committee and other staff committees. The Staff Attorney mentors junior attorneys, law clerks and fellows, and assists with fundraising, communications, outreach, and administrative duties, as detailed below.
● Develop and successfully prosecute public interest environmental litigation, including
developing and filing lawsuits in federal or state courts, handling all litigation tasks
including motions, briefings, and arguments, and defending or prosecuting appeals.
● Perform other associated tasks such as Freedom of Information Act requests,
administrative appeals, and maintaining client relationships.
Fundraising, Outreach, Communications and Administration (15%)
● Provide case updates and other written content for proposals, reports, fundraising
● Participate in organizational events, public education, fundraisers, and donor
cultivation, which occasionally requires out-of-town and overnight travel.
● Attend scheduled staff and board meetings, retreats, and trainings, and participate in
organizational development functions as requested.
Desired Qualifications and Skills
Advocates for the West seeks an attorney with 5-10 years of relevant experience who can quickly tackle existing litigation and prosecute new cases. We are willing to consider applicants with additional experience. Applicants must have a J.D. and be admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the relevant state bar(s), depending on location. Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team, and have excellent litigation skills, including top-notch legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Applicants with demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and equity and inclusion are preferred.
Advocates for the West is committed to becoming more representative of the communities we serve and encourages people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We value a wide range of relevant experiences within and outside of the nonprofit environmental sector, including
judicial clerkships, government service, law firm work, public interest positions, and volunteer service.
Advocates for the West is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, physical or
mental disability, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status, region, and socioeconomic background.
The position is based in our Boise, ID, office but remote work options in one of the eleven Western states we work to protect may be available, including AZ, CA, ID, CO, OR, WY, MT, NM, NV, UT, and WA.
Advocates for the West offers a competitive compensation package. Salary is $100,000+, depending on experience. We also offer discretionary annual bonus and employer retirement plan contributions. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance, disability insurance, pre-tax medical savings plan, and generous vacation and leave policies, plus a sabbatical program after seven years’ employment.
Submit a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample, and three references to
with the subject “Staff Attorney”. We will accept applications through February 12, 2021, plan to conduct interviews the weeks of February 15 and 22, and
hope to onboard the Staff Attorney in early April 2021.