Staff Attorney

The Southern Environmental Law Center is currently accepting applications for a staff attorney for its Nashville, Tennessee office.  This position is open to practicing attorneys with four or more years of experience, and start date is as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental and public health issues in the Southeast and the nation.

About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people.  Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents.  The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of over 145 individuals, with over 70 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.  Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at www.southernenvironment.org.

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South.  The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity.  To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff.  We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

Qualifications and Compensation:

For this position, we seek an attorney with strong litigation skills, strong work ethic, and a sense of initiative.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled and multi-faceted lawyer with excellent academic credentials, litigation experience, a background in environmental law, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission. A strong academic background and commitment to SELC’s mission are required. SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits and an excellent benefits package. 

To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, résumé, law school transcript (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and at least three references to Nashville Office: Rachel Chu, Southern Environmental Law Center, 1033 Demonbreun Street, Suite 205, Nashville, TN 37203, or email to NashvilleJobs@selctn.org.  

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

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