Staff Scientist, Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans

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633 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
United States
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50 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

Earthjustice is hiring a staff scientist to join our team of public interest advocates working to protect America’s wildlife from the range of threats facing them, including fossil fuel development, mining, logging, and other threats. The position will be based in Earthjustice’s offices in either Bozeman, Montana, or Denver, Colorado. The staff scientist will work closely with Earthjustice’s team of attorneys and other professionals in our work to protect and recover imperiled wildlife species across the nation. The scientist’s responsibilities will include analyzing the impacts of proposed development activities and regulatory actions; reviewing and commenting on proposed agency actions and environmental analyses; identifying, recruiting, and working with expert witnesses; and serving as a public spokesperson for Earthjustice and our clients on wildlife issues. The successful applicant for this position will combine excellent technical skills with excellent advocacy skills, along with a passion for protecting America’s most valuable and imperiled natural resources.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

To learn more about Earthjustice’s work to protect public lands and wildlife, visit

• Conduct analysis and research on issues relevant to Earthjustice’s wildlife advocacy, such as impacts of proposed development activities and regulatory actions on wildlife, management needs of specific wildlife species, threats to specific wildlife species, and similar issues.
• Review proposed agency actions and draft environmental analyses and prepare analyses and comments on them.
• Identify, recruit, and work with individuals and organizations possessing scientific and technical expertise relevant to Earthjustice’s wildlife advocacy, including expert witnesses.
• Serve as spokesperson and advocate for Earthjustice and our clients on wildlife issues, which could include speaking with audiences such as public officials, scientists, clients, the media, and Earthjustice supporters and preparing written content for the same audiences.


• Advanced degree (Ph.D. or Master’s) in relevant scientific discipline such as biology.
• Experience in analyzing and assessing wildlife impacts and/or management needs.
• Strong advocacy skills, including the desire to persuade as well as to analyze and the ability to convey scientific and technical concepts in terms understandable and persuasive to laypeople.
• Ability to write and speak clearly and compellingly.
• Initiative, good judgment, strong work ethic, and a sense of humor.
• Ability to work well independently and in collaboration with others.
• Facility and inclination in recruiting other scientists to work collaboratively with Earthjustice and our clients on issues within those scientists’ areas of expertise.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively to meet deadlines.
• Capacity to communicate and work effectively with external audiences such as the news media, government officials, and coalition partners and to function as an effective spokesperson for Earthjustice and its clients.
• Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations, especially as the issues on which the scientist works will not be limited to the Rocky Mountain region where he or she will reside.
• Commitment to serving the public interest and defending the environment.
• Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
• Contribution to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits, including payment of certain bar-related expenses. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

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Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit a:
• Resume.
• One- or two-page cover letter.
• Writing sample.
• List of contact information for three professional or academic references.

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 17, 2017