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JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 900,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have nearly 100 staff in offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the policy of the Center for Biological Diversity to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, family responsibility, matriculation, personal appearance or economic background, or any other legally protected status. Candidates with diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Communications Associate
Media Specialist — Public Lands
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Attorney — Climate Law Institute — California Oil Campaign
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute

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ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Communications Associate
Tucson, Arizona
Full time

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a hard-working, detail-oriented and organized self-starter for our communications team. This rapid-response position supports our endangered species work as well as email outreach to a growing network of 825,000 supporters and online activists. The job requires excellent writing and attention to style; proven computer skills and experience with web design; the ability to learn new programs and databases; management of short and long-term projects; and a motivated, creative personality that works well independently and in a team environment.

The Communications Associate will be managed by the Communications Director and work collaboratively with other staff.

Main duties:

  • Helping write and edit daily action alerts to the Center’s network of supporters.
  • Formatting and distributing our weekly e-newsletter Endangered Earth Online.
  • (Re)designing email templates and pages throughout our website.
  • Assisting with ongoing maintenance and updating of website content, including text on pages.
  • Troubleshooting technical issues on website and in activism database.
  • Solving code problems and providing technical backup to Center webmaster.
  • Tracking trends in communications and suggesting improvements and changes.
  • Assisting staff administratively in reaching out to activists and decision-makers .

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, plus two to four years’ work experience related to environmental activism, organizing, writing or communications.
  • Strong understanding of web design, programming languages like HTML (Dreamweaver helpful); experience with mass-email platforms helpful.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; experience with editing and proofing, preferred.
  • Solid grasp of issues related to the Center’s work and demonstrated personal interest in the environment and activism.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments.
  • An ability to work independently and thrive in a team environment.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a resumé and thoughtful cover letter, as well as two short writing samples and any links to show experience with web design, to Communications@biologicaldiversity.org with “Communications Associate” in the subject line. No calls, please. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled.

 

Media Specialist — Public Lands
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative and media-savvy communicator for our work to protect America’s public lands. The Center is a leading voice in public lands protection. Our highly motivated Public Lands team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats to our national forests, deserts, grasslands, wildlife refuges and parks from oil and gas drilling, mining, logging, livestock grazing and other threats to privatize or industrialize federal lands. The Media Specialist will produce high-impact communications on every platform aimed at addressing the issues facing America’s public lands including elevating the importance of these lands, generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about public lands and wildlife protection, and play an integral role in maintaining the Center’s national profile and work on these critical issues.

Primary duties:

  • Write compelling press releases, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other materials.
  • Heighten public knowledge of the threats facing our public lands and solutions.
  • Work closely with communications and Public Lands staff to develop and execute long-term and near-term strategic communications plans.
  • Manage, plan and help execute rapid response to breaking news.
  • Organize and execute editorial drives.
  • Track national and international news on public lands and seek out strategic ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Act as a public spokesperson as needed.
  • Integrate public lands-related materials into other Center communications.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize public lands and wildlife-related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing communications materials, including the website and regular publications.
  • Provide educational and persuasive outreach to members of Congress and other decision makers.
  • Assist with outreach to the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially in the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

This position reports directly to the Communications Director and works closely with our communications program, Public Lands Director and public lands staff.

Requirements:

  • Proven ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Seasoned news judgment and solid understanding of compelling media narratives.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal skills.
  • A deep working knowledge of public lands/environmental and politics.
  • An understanding of media cycles and the ability to consistently work with them.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps short-term and long-term media opportunities and an ability to execute those opportunities.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A penchant for innovative approaches to reaching new audiences.
  • A confident self-starter who also works well in a team environment.
  • A passion for oceans, sea life and saving all wildlife from extinction.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Five to 10 years of experience as a professional communicator, including journalism or advocacy
  • Proven track record as a working journalist or in strategic communications work.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to communications@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Public Lands.” The position will remain open until filled. The desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida (other locations considered)

General position overview:
This position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others to protect amphibian and reptile 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 amphibian and reptile conservation work.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect imperiled amphibians and reptiles from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, livestock grazing and other threats through litigation.
  • Prepare petitions to list amphibians and reptiles under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Build relationships with key scientists studying amphibians and reptiles.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled amphibians and reptiles.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of amphibians and reptiles as a response to litigation and other pressure.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • At least two years experience as an environmental attorney.
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • Dynamic and assertive personality.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

The Center has offices in Tucson; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; St. Petersburg, Florida; Minneapolis; Denver; and Richmond, Vermont. The preferred location for this position is St. Petersburg, Florida, but others are negotiable.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to endangered_species_attorney@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Attorney Job.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Attorney — Climate Law Institute — California Oil Campaign
Full time
Oakland or Los Angeles, California

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time staff attorney for our California oil campaign. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The staff attorney will work on litigation, administrative and policy advocacy, research, and grassroots and media outreach designed to protect California’s water, air, wildlife, climate and communities from the harms of fracking and other dangerous oil activities. The staff attorney will join a dynamic and supportive team of legal, science, organizing and communications staff.

Main duties:

    • Litigation of cases under state and federal laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act.
    • Administrative advocacy such as commenting on proposed projects and rulemakings, as well as the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
    • Analysis of and advocacy regarding pending state and federal legislation.
    • Preparation of communications such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets and white papers.
    • Some travel required.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Admitted to practice law in California.
  • Minimum five years civil litigation experience.
  • Experience with environmental statutes such as the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.
  • A high degree of scientific literacy.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • An ability to manage a litigation docket and to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an exceptional benefits package. Position is located in Oakland or Los Angeles.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to Climateattorney@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. For more information on the Center go to www.biologicaldiversity.org.

 
Staff Scientist — Climate Law Institute
Full time
Oakland, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Staff Scientist based in our Climate Law Institute to focus on energy policy and greenhouse gas mitigation. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The Staff Scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The position will focus on supporting our work to apply the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and our campaigns to challenge fracking, oil trains and other forms of fossil-fuel extraction and transport.

The Staff Scientist will assist in the analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of different energy policy choices, and will analyze the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, including lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and the consequences for public health, air quality, water resources and wildlife.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature and policy to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets, and white papers.
  • Engagement with media for interviews.
  • Outreach and presentations to the public and scientists.
  • Scientist organizing.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as energy systems, climate science, earth science, environmental studies, public health, and toxicology.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific literature on climate change is essential; familiarity with the scientific literature on energy policy is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to vigorous environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. This position is located in Oakland.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to StaffScientist@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

 

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