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Thank you for your interest in being part of this small and dedicated team! We welcome your application!


Senior Attorney OR Staff Attorney

EDC is looking for either a Senior Attorney OR a Staff Attorney to join our legal team in our fast-paced practice in the field of environmental, natural resources, and land use law. EDC represents 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. The Senior Attorney is responsible for managing his/her own caseload, helps develop EDC’s legal and program case docket, and supervises other staff, including staff attorneys, program staff, law clerks, and interns. The Staff Attorney works on EDC cases and helps supervise other staff, law clerks, and interns. Both Senior and Staff  Attorneys assist with other aspects of nonprofit advocacy including public outreach, education, and fundraising.  To view the full job description and to apply click here.

Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator assists in efforts to ensure the long-term financial viability of the Environmental Defense Center (EDC.) The position supports the mission of the organization by helping to develop and oversee events and fundraising efforts and is responsible for our database management. The Development Coordinator works directly with EDC’s Development Committee, staffing meetings, preparing agendas and meeting minutes and ensuring follow-through on committee assignments. The position receives direct supervision from the Executive Director.

An ideal candidate should be passionate about environmental protection, be highly organized with experience in Salesforce database management, overseeing events, grant writing, and overall fundraising tactics and strategies. To view the full job description and to apply click here.

Legal Secretary/ Paralegal

The Legal Secretary / Paralegal  supports the Environmental Defense Center’s (“EDC”) attorneys in case investigations, administrative advocacy, and litigation. The Legal Secretary / Paralegal  is responsible for preparing legal documents for filing, filing and service, and providing legal and administrative support to EDC attorneys (including, but not limited to: document review pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), California Public Records Act (“PRA”), and discovery requests; collecting and compiling information; and legal research). View full job description  here. To apply please email your resume and cover letter to Linda Krop.



We do not currently have any internships available at this time. Please check back frequently.

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 three references to: Law Clerk Coordinator at kquarles@environmentaldefensecenter.org.

Preferred deadline for 2L applicants is Friday, October 21; applications may be submitted earlier and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferred deadline for 1L applicants is January 1; applications may be submitted earlier and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for semester-length externships are accepted anytime, and evaluated on a rolling basis.

A Stipend and/or housing assistance may be available.

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