Senior Attorney

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a senior attorney with seven or more years of experience for its Charlottesville, Virginia office.  This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.

About SELC: SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 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 130 individuals, with 70 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.  Additional information 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.

The Position and Qualifications: SELC’s work is focused in five program areas: energy and healthy air, transportation and land use, clean water, coast and wetlands, and forest protection.  This attorney will have significant responsibility, commensurate with experience, for work in one or more of these program areas.  Work will include development and pursuit of litigation in state and federal courts, advocacy in state and federal administrative proceedings, and policy analysis and development in various settings at the state and federal levels.

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.  We particularly seek candidates with extensive litigation experience.  A background in environmental law is desired but not essential for this position.

Compensation: 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 Katie Storer, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main Street, Suite #14, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or email VAjobs@selcva.org.   PLEASE INCLUDE “VA SENIOR ATTORNEY APPLICATION” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.  

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