Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Natural Resources Defense Council: Senior Advocate; Wa. D.C.


Washington, DC 

Date Posted: 01/22/2015
Schedule Type: Full Time
Practice Areas: Environmental, Legislative/Policy Issues

Job Description

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 450 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.
Position Summary: 

NRDC is seeking a Senior Advocate or Attorney to work with our energy team based in Washington, DC but the focus of the work will be in Pennsylvania, with regular travel.
  • Provide written and oral advocacy in furtherance of NRDC’s electric sector carbon standard, utility reform, clean energy and energy efficiency priorities at the legislature and regulatory proceedings before the environmental agencies and public utilities commissions in Pennsylvania
  • Develop state-level support to push for federal regulations on carbon emissions from the electric sector
  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis to develop and support positions
  • Coordinate and represent NRDC in coalitions on specific issue-areas; there will be a specific focus on electric utility outreach and work with trade associations in relation to  EPA carbon standards for the electric sector; and finally a need to respond to media requests and develop advocacy material to spread NRDC’s message


  • Law Degree or Masters Degree in relevant field
  • At least 5 years work experience in energy or environmental field
  • Experience working with state regulators and utilities
  • Project management experience
  • Willingness to travel (could be periods when on the road 50% of the time)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and strong writing and oral presentation skills


  • We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment
  • Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience

Application Instructions:

To apply, please click apply at the link, create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs.

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NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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