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Senior Attorney OR Staff Attorney (posted 7/1/21)

We are seeking applicants to fill a full-time Senior Attorney or Staff Attorney position. The position is available now and will remain open until filled. EDC maintains a fast-paced practice in the field of environmental, natural resources, and land use law. We represent community groups and environmental organizations in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties in state and federal courts and before local, state, and federal agencies. EDC cases involve issues in virtually all local, state, and federal environmental statutes, including CEQA, NEPA, ESA, CAA, CWA, CZMA, OCSLA, CA Coastal Act, MMPA, and California Planning and Zoning Law.

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Please only apply if you have a California bar license, We will only reply to applicants with a CA License.



Internship on ExxonMobil Trucking and Offshore Platform Restart and Plains All-American Pipeline Replacement Projects

This internship is created for a UCSB student who is interested in pursuing a career in environmental law or advocacy. The intern will work directly under the supervision of the Chief Counsel or Senior Attorney on EDC’s work educating the public and decision-makers regarding the impacts of a proposal by ExxonMobil Corporation to restart offshore oil platforms that have been shut down since the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill, and to transport crude oil via trucks, along dangerous highways and in sensitive environments. The intern will also support EDC’s work concerning the proposal by Plains All-American to construct a pipeline to replace the one that ruptured in 2015, with the same purpose of restarting the offshore oil platforms and transporting crude oil. EDC represents clients concerned about the dangers of transporting crude oil (to water quality, wildlife and habitats, air quality, and local communities), resumption of offshore oil production, and climate change impacts. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Southern Santa Barbara County Watershed Protection and Education Program Internship

This internship is created for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in environmental law or advocacy. The intern will work directly under the supervision of the Environmental Analyst/Watershed Program Coordinator on EDC’s work educating the public and government agencies regarding the impacts to watersheds and creeks in Goleta and Santa Barbara and regarding solutions to protect and restore local waterways. This project will focus primarily on creek surveys, research, reporting, and organizing creek cleanups if safe and feasible. Information developed will be synthesized and used to advance better watershed management, creek and habitat restoration, and policies and ordinances to preserve and enhance creeks in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Click here for more information and application instructions.

join-our-team2Law Clerk Program

EDC hires law students for summer clerkships as well as externships during the regular school year. Law clerks and externs are involved in substantive activities such as conducting legal research; drafting memos and pleadings; participating in client meetings, strategy discussions and negotiations; appearing before public agencies; and observing court arguments. EDC attorneys involve students in every aspect of actual cases.

Desired Qualifications:
2L students with a background or interest in environmental law, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.

Application Procedure:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and a list of three references to Daniel Elkin at delkin@environmentaldefensecenter.org.

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021.

Applications for semester-length externships are accepted anytime, and evaluated on a rolling basis.

A Stipend and/or housing assistance may be available.

EDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work culture. We believe that a diverse workforce improves our ability to assist our clients; enhances intellectual engagement; inspires innovation and creativity; and promotes skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. EDC is dedicated to hiring a diverse team of qualified individuals with respect to gender identity (including gender expression), race, sexual orientation, family status, religion, ethnicity, age, physical abilities, and other factors. EDC will also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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