Senior Attorney

Senior Attorney

Center for Biological Diversity Website
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Portland, OR
  • Full Time

Senior Attorney – Endangered Species Program

Full time position

Portland, OR strongly preferred, but other locations considered.

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks an experienced attorney to advocate for the conservation of endangered species utilizing administrative and legal tools. The position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others, to protect endangered species from the many threats they face. This will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a background in law, advocacy and biology.

Main duties:

Expand the Center’s work to protect endangered species
Identify and carry out opportunities to protect endangered species from habitat destruction, pollution, exploitation and other threats through litigation and other advocacy
Mentor new program attorneys
Develop detailed knowledge of the status of endangered species across the country
Build relationships with key scientists
Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled wildlife
Advocate for comprehensive protection of endangered species as a response to litigation and other pressure

Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:

At least five years experience as an environmental attorney
Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act
Experience working with young attorneys
Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to endangered species
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers

Salary Range: $85,000 – $125,000 commensurate with experience.

The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match. Vacation accrual starts at 15 days annually, but it may be higher commensurate with experience.

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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