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Staff Attorney - Marine Wildlife

Seattle, WA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Litigation, Environment Exp.: 5+ Years
Sea Shepherd Legal is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney who strongly shares our passion for the wild. The Staff Attorney is required to be based in the United States, with other international locations considered on a case-by-case basis. Given the global scope of our projects, the Staff Attorney may be required to make several international and/or domestic trips per year and occasionally be available to work in varied time zones. When not traveling, the Staff Attorney will likely fulfill their duties by telecommuting/working remotely.

The Staff Attorney will work to enhance protections for marine wildlife and habitats across the globe by participating in litigation, policy development, and associated public outreach.

Primary Duties of Position:
  • Track, analyze, apply, develop, and enhance domestic and foreign legislation and regulations.
  • Litigate cases under state and federal laws including the APA, ESA, MMPA, and NEPA.
  • Comment on proposed rulemaking and preparation of petitions for rulemaking before federal and state agencies domestically, and via comparable avenues in foreign jurisdictions.
  • Engage with agency officials, UN body representatives, partner NGOs, and the general public.
  • Speak publicly at hearings, conferences, and other events.
  • Prepare communications such as press releases, blogs, position papers, and other materials.
  • Travel domestically and internationally.

Applicant Preferred Qualities, Qualifications, and Skills:
  • A demonstrated strong commitment to environmental protection – this is not just a job; it is an opportunity to make a vast difference.
  • A minimum of five years of legal experience, with a preference for a candidate with a litigation background, ideally complemented by environmental policy expertise.
  • Admitted to practice law in one or more jurisdictions within the United States.
  • Ideally, some familiarity with international/regional legal regimes, such as CITES, CMS, CBD, UNCLOS, and RFMOs, and/or experience with domestic law including the APA, ESA, MMPA, and NEPA.
  • Scientific literacy and a keen understanding of natural processes.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage a project docket and work well independently and with others as part of a team.
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with fluency in French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese.

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