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STAFF ATTORNEY (posted 8/20/2021)

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to
join our team. Great Rivers is a nonprofit environmental law organization currently made up of
four attorneys, one support staff, a development director and numerous interns and volunteers.
We work to advance environmental justice, protect public health; preserve parks and wilderness,
protect and preserve our waters, advance clean energy; and combat climate change. We partner
with groups, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our
time, and to bring about positive change. We are here because the environment can’t fight for
itself. To achieve our objectives we employ litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy,
and collaboration and strategy to achieve environmentally conscious outcomes, and public
awareness advocacy of important environmental, natural resource and social justice issues. For
more information about our work please visit


• Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.

• Participate in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.

• Engage in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other administrative tribunals.

• Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents.

• Interact with clients, coalition partners, and experts.

• Collaborate with development staff to create communications about ongoing work.

• Attend and participate in fundraising and outreach events.


• Law school graduates who are admitted or willing to apply for admission to the Missouri state bar.

• Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication skills.

• Strong work ethic and initiative, and sound and creative judgment.

• Strong desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.

• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

• Commitment to Great Rivers’ values and mission.

• Commitment to serving the public interest.

• Demonstration of and awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals
from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

• Commitment to growing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

• Preference for candidates with prior experience in environmental law and litigation.

Great Rivers strives to provide a fun and friendly work environment that puts its mission and
employees first. While we seek to hire a full-time employee to work in our downtown St. Louis,
Missouri office, Great Rivers is open to unique arrangements for the right candidate, such as a
part-time or flexible work arrangement, as well as a candidate who would work remotely. Great
Rivers values a work life balance, a sense of humor, and most importantly, a commitment to
public interest environmental law and the protection of our shared natural resources. We are
committed to doing work of exceptional quality, and we have a great time doing it. Great Rivers
offers a non-hierarchical salary and benefits package based on a nonprofit scale, commensurate
with experience. We encourage our team members to pursue their passions outside of work and
provide a supportive vacation policy for our staff to achieve those goals.

Great Rivers is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in
our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and
perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental and public health
problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been
historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity
employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment. Persons of all backgrounds are
urged to apply. In particular, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, women,
and others who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should apply via email directed to:

Sarah Rubenstein, Staff Attorney, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center,

The application should include the following:
• Resume;
• Cover letter of not more than two pages that addresses each of the following: (1) aspects of
your background that are relevant to the qualifications listed above; (2) why you are drawn to
Great Rivers’ mission and whether there are legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire
you; and (3) how your time at Great Rivers would contribute to your career aspirations;
• List of three references;
• Writing sample of less than ten (10) pages.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.

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