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.

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 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
  • Coordinate with fact and expert witnesses
  • 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

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have at least a 4 year undergraduate degree in political science, public policy, pre-law, environmental studies, English, history, sociology, or a related field and be well-versed in using Windows PCs, the internet and web browsers, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Outlook, Power Point, and Excel). Two to three years of legal support or paralegal experience is preferred. Previous nonprofit or government experience is a plus, though not required.

EIP offers a collegial atmosphere and a mission-focused work environment. The ideal addition to our team will be driven, inquisitive, and passionate about environmental protection. The position requires the successful candidate to be detail-oriented, exceptionally well organized, able to multitask and manage competing priorities with internal and external deadlines, proactive, and a quick and independent learner. He or she will also be expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills and to generally be able to work well under pressure.

Compensation/Hours: Pay commensurate with experience. Full-time.

To Apply: Please submit PDF copies of a cover letter and resume to Courtney Bernhardt at cbernhardt@environmentalintegrity.org by May 6, 2019. Please include your last name and “Legal Assistant Application” in the email subject line. Applications may also be submitted by mail to the following address: Courtney Bernhardt, Environmental Integrity Project, 1000 Vermont Ave. N.W. Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. 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.

Law Clerk – Fall 2019

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for fall 2019 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.

Qualifications: 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: Hourly wage or academic credit. Full- or part-time.

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 by email to Sylvia Lam, slam@environmentalintegrity.org.

Applications may also be submitted by mail to the following address: Fall Law Clerk Position, Environmental Integrity Project, 1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005

Research Intern

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking a paid summer Research Intern to advance Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels. This position is located at our Washington, D.C. office and is available immediately on a full-time (40 hr/wk) or part-time (24 hr/wk) basis.

The Research Intern will assist EIP’s analysts, attorneys, and communications staff in reviewing responses to freedom of information act requests, entering data, conducting internet searches, and carrying out related tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, highly-organized, and detail-oriented individual with a demonstrated passion for the environment.


  • Rising undergraduate college junior or senior, or current master’s candidate, pursuing a degree in political science, environmental sciences, pre-law, environmental engineering, GIS, or a related field;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Windows PCs;
  • Able to work independently and with a team while managing and prioritizing multiple assignments;
  • Knowledge of how to use GIS mapping software, knowledge of environmental concerns stemming from coal ash disposal, factory farming, and the oil and gas industry, and an interest in environmental politics are preferred.

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample by May 7, 2019, to Courtney Bernhardt (please put “Summer Research Intern Application” in the subject line), or mailed to Environmental Integrity Project, Attn: Courtney Bernhardt, 1000 Vermont Ave. N.W. Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. Please include whether you are interested in a full or part-time position and your preferred start and end dates in your cover letter.