Senior Attorney


The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting applications for a Senior Attorney position in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina office. 

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging energy and environmental issues in the Southeast and the nation. This attorney will advocate and litigate on environmental matters throughout North Carolina.  This position is open to practicing attorneys with seven or more years of experience, and start date is as soon as possible. 


For this position, we seek an attorney with strong litigation skills, unwavering 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, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission. 

Job description: 

  • Litigates cases in state and federal courts, including developing and implementing case strategy, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents, and representing clients in court. 
  • Participates in administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies, including researching and drafting comments and engaging in public speaking. 
  • Develops and maintains expertise in law and policy developments in one or more of SELC’s program areas, such as coast and wetlands, land and community, air, or water quality. 
  • Works collaboratively with state office and regional program teams. 
  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a diverse set of partners and clients.  
  • Represents SELC effectively in meetings with external partner groups and other stakeholders. 
  • Manages multidisciplinary projects, including developing and implementing work plans involving SELC’s communications and geospatial teams as well as consulting experts. This may include case investigation and development. 
  • Communicates clearly and simply about litigation and program work with SELC’s communications, development and marketing teams. 
  • Has a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission, including SELC’s deep commitment to being an open, welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.    

About SELC: 

The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of 170, including 90 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.   

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. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at 

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply. 


SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits and an excellent benefits package. 

To Apply: 
To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample. Interested persons should apply immediately. 

There is no deadline for applications. We intend to fill this position as soon as possible and will accept and review applications until the position is filled.