Job Details

Environmental and Land Use Attorney / Government and Government Relations Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

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Company name

Natural Resources Defense Council

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Environmental and Land Use
Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

1-3 yrs required


USA Santa Monica, CA

Date Last Verified

Nov 20,2017

Posted on

Sep 15,2017

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Staff Attorney or Policy Analyst - Water Program Duties: Work with the Water Program. Play an important role in formulating and implementing NRDC’s efforts to improve agricultural water use efficiency, protect threatened aquatic wildlife and ecosystems, and advance more sustainable water policies in California and nationwide. Will collaborate with a team of attorneys, policy analysts, and other staff engaged on these issues within the Water Program as well as across the organization and with key partners. Reviewing and analyzing current federal, state, and local water policies; and promoting relevant innovations. Advocating at the state and federal level on California water policy, especially relating to agriculture, fisheries, water quality and water supply. Building alliances with environmental, environmental justice, and sustainable agriculture-focused groups, and other relevant stakeholders to support sustainable water policies in California and nationwide. Pursuing and/or supporting litigation in state and federal court, where necessary, to achieve our programmatic objectives. Supervising the work of contractors and interns. Travel necessary to implement work plan objectives in national, state, and local areas of focus.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Law degree or advanced degree in public policy, water resources, agriculture, engineering, or a related subject. 1-3 years' work experience in a related field. Knowledge of California water policies, especially as they relate to agriculture, fisheries and the Bay-Delta. Strong advocacy experience on environmental issues; experience working with underrepresented communities a plus. Excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in Spanish preferred. Experience in building collaborations with non-traditional allies and in working with local, state, or federal water agencies. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team to build upon strengths of the program.

Additional info

Job ID: 2017-3731. Send resume and cover letter.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Natural Resources Defense Council
1314 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401