EIP is a nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws. Comprised of public interest lawyers, analysts, investigators, and community organizers, EIP has three goals: (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.
Staff Attorney – Oil & Gas Program
The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) seeks a staff attorney to assist in our efforts to reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, focusing on new proposals and existing infrastructure in Maryland and West Virginia. The staff attorney will advocate for strong state regulations that achieve real reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs); analyze and potentially challenge environmental permits for large emitters of GHGs; assess and possibly litigate enforcement actions against facilities that violate environmental laws; and seek to ensure that the true climate impact of methane emissions is accurately captured in emissions inventories. EIP frequently works in coalitions by providing legal and technical support to other organizations in order to achieve shared goals. The staff attorney will be expected to build and maintain strong and respectful relationships with other organizations working on oil and gas issues in Maryland and West Virginia, particularly with grassroots networks representing residents of communities that are directly affected by natural gas infrastructure.
The position will also involve some work relating to oil and gas facilities outside of Maryland and West Virginia, and this work will be targeted to address sites that affect low-income communities and/or communities of color, thereby raising environmental justice concerns. In addition, the position may involve some work to reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills in Maryland.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Law school graduate.
- 3-5 years of post-law-school legal experience, preferably including litigation and experience with the federal Clean Air Act.
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and strong work ethic.
- Passion for protecting public health and the environment, and motivation to respond to the local and global threat posed by climate change.
- Prior experience or demonstrated commitment to working with members of front-line communities who are directly affected by pollution.
- Ability to work cooperatively and constructively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
- The ideal applicant will have a scientific background and/or an aptitude for performing quantitative analyses and using science and data in support of legal advocacy.
- Prior experience working on pollution issues associated with the oil and gas industry a plus.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, phone and email contacts for three references, and law school transcripts. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please address your cover letter to Leah Kelly, Senior Attorney, identify in the email subject line that the application is for the “Staff Attorney – Oil & Gas Program” position, and submit your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Spring and Fall Law Clerks
Position: The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for Spring and Fall 2020 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.
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: Academic credit or hourly wage. Full- or part-time (minimum 16 hours per week for 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.
Please address your cover letter/email to Sylvia Lam, Attorney, put your last name and “[Spring/Fall] 2020 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of the email, and submit your application materials to email@example.com.
EIP is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.