JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with 991,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have more than 100 staff in offices in Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida;, New Mexico; Oregon; 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.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT


We're accepting applications for the following positions:

Alaska Representative
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Grant Writer
Information Technology Specialist
Media Specialist — Population and Sustainability
Membership Director
Paralegal
Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Staff or Senior Attorney — Public Lands Federal Fossil Fuels “Keep It In the Ground” Campaign
Staff or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Alaska Representative
Full Time
Anchorage or Juneau, Alaska (other locations considered)

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Alaska Representative will work on developing and implementing campaigns to promote the conservation of Alaska’s wildlife and wild places. Alaska is at the center of some of the most important environmental battles of our time, such as the fight over whether a rapidly melting Arctic will be sacrificed to offshore oil development or protected for the sake of polar bears and other warming-threatened species. The position will advocate for the protection of Alaska’s sensitive wildlife from habitat loss, climate change, poor management and other threats; fight old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest; and work in coalition to save the Arctic from fossil fuel development.  

Main duties:

  • Advocate for comprehensive protections of endangered species and their habitats in Alaska.
  • Address threats to Alaska wildlife through administrative, legal and public advocacy, including writing persuasive comments, doing policy analysis, giving media interviews and performing public speaking.
  • Build relationships with and work in coalition with other conservation organizations and Alaska Native allies.

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Degrees in law, science or other fields.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with environmental law and policy.
  • Familiarity with issues relating to Alaska — its history, politics, people and wildlife.
  • Ability to understand and powerfully communicate science, law and policy to the media, general public and policymakers.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivation and excellent time-management skills.
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

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 for Biological Diversity deeply values and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

 

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center is currently looking for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who will report directly to the Executive Director. This position requires hands-on daily financial management to ensure the health of the organization. For 2015 the Center has an operating budget of $11 million. We have 111 employees and we have experienced a 10 percent growth rate each year for the last eight years.

The CFO will have fiscal and business oversight over all financial and fiscal management aspects of the organization. The CFO will be responsible for financial, tax, budgetary and grant reporting, as well as working with the audit team to produce audited financial statements. This position requires someone with an advanced educational degree, and there’s an expectation of integrity and honesty because of the fiduciary responsibilities attached.

This position is considered that of being a strategic partner at the Center and part of the Leadership Team. Strong managerial experience is needed in order to develop and maintain accounting procedures consistent with nonprofit best practices in addition to supervising accounting staff.

Main duties:

  • Understand general financial practices and asset management.
  • Be able to modify and implement financial internal controls to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Provide leadership and collaboration with the Leadership Team.
  • Be comfortable giving financial presentations to the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
  • Be responsible for all budgetary and cash planning/management.
  • Ensure all investment strategies are sustainable and the Center meets its short-term and long-term planning goals.
  • Be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the organization's employee benefit plans, including the 403(b).
  • Work with audit team to produce annual financial statements.
  • Function as a liaison with banks and asset managements.
  • Be familiar with reports, including grant reporting and and restricted net asset reporting.

Leadership and supervision duties:

  • Assess the department’s staffing needs.
  • Evaluate each staff member’s performance.
  • Provide guidance and coaching.
  • Develop and mentor staff to encourage growth as the department matures.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Ten or more years showing a steady upward progression into managerial and executive-level financial position.
  • A master’s degree in finance, business management, or a similar field.
  • A CPA license (preferred but not required).
  • Five or more years in a supervisory position.
  • Experience working closely with a philanthropy or development department.
  • Experience in nonprofit accounting.
  • Must be proficient in Serenic/OneNFP, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Experience with ROI Solutions – Revolution Online software preferred.

Compensation and benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations.
  • Generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid short-term disability and long-term disability leave.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:
To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to employment@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Chief Financial Officer.” 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Grant Writer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, or Oakland, California

General position overview:
The Center seeks a detail-oriented, motivated and highly effective communicator to join our development team as Grant Writer. Under direction of the Chief Development Officer — and in conjunction with other members of the team, including the Major Gifts Officer and another Grant Writer — the Grant Writer will aid our efforts to increase foundation funding revenues. The Grant Writer will seek dedicated funding for the Center’s programs from private foundations and other sources by researching and devising approaches, including calls and visits to prospective funders. The Grant Writer will work with program staff to draft persuasive grant proposals, letters of inquiry and reports and ensure timely submission to funders; manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping and correspondence; maintain current data on and keep abreast of the Center’s work as background information for proposals and reports; research funding opportunities; and maintain a tracking system to monitor the status of grant proposals and reports, including submissions, responses, renewals   and reporting requirements.

Qualifications: 
• Experience writing grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence and/or marketing materials in a nonprofit environment, particularly within the environmental conservation funder community.
• Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.
• Strong organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
• A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
• The ability to quickly comprehend, analyze and synthesize information.
• The ability to communicate well and in a professional manner with a variety of co-workers and foundation personnel.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
• A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of environmental conservation issues.
• A bachelor’s degree.

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

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email only to grantjob@biologicaldiversity.org. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

 

Information Technology Specialist
Full Time
Tucson, Ariz. 

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced, detail-oriented Information Technology Specialist to help develop, manage, secure and upgrade our digital communication capabilities. The IT Specialist will need an expansive knowledge of webpage coding and design, website hosting, and email design and delivery analysis. The Specialist will assist in all aspects of hardware setup, software installation, selection of service providers and setup of new services, coding and design of web pages and front-end interfaces for Center databases, analysis of email delivery and website traffic metrics, and troubleshooting of ongoing digital communication systems. This position reports directly to administrative leadership and works closely with our IT Director, as well as the Communications team and other program staff.

Primary duties:

  • Help maintain the Center’s websites.
  • Troubleshoot and repair problems with HTML, JavaScript, CSS and other code as they arise in the Center’s websites, social media pages, news feeds and blogs.
  • Work with a variety of internet, website, application and email service providers to maintain a high quality of communication and collaboration services for Center staff.
  • Assist in evaluation and implementation of improvements and upgrades to Center websites, email services and mobile apps.
  • Help with systematic and site-wide updates of website content.
  • Assist with posting fast-breaking news items on center websites.
  • Help design, code and maintain staff-only and public-facing user interfaces for Center databases.
  • Act as a Backstop Data Manager in ensuring the successful running of scheduled data jobs, and assist in general office technical troubleshooting as need arises.
  • Assist in protecting Center websites, data collections and electronic correspondence from hacking and intrusions.

Help design, code, evaluate and fine-tune email communications from Center staff to the public so they work for an optimal array of recipients’ email clients and mobile devices.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Four years experience in website maintenance and coding.
  • Extensive web programming skills, including in HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Perl and SQL.
  • Expertise in CSS styling and responsive web page design.
  • Experience with iOS and Android mobile app development.
  • Expertise with Dreamweaver and other web design and front-end development software.
  • Extensive experience with a variety of content-management systems and web platforms for both static and dynamic web content.
  • Demonstrated expertise in email coding, design and delivery analytics.
  • Experience with Microsoft IIS, and Apache web server software within both Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Experience with online database publishing using MySQL back-end in a Linux environment and SQL Server in Windows.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of email and website hosting providers.
  • Experience with user administration in a Windows domain environment, and Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 administration and user management.
  • Demonstrated analytic and organizational skills.
  • Passion for and experience with digital communication and website management within the context of environmental protection.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.

Compensation: 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.

Application process:
To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to IT@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: IT specialist.” 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.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Media Specialist — Population and Sustainability
Full Time
Portland, Oregon

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative and media-savvy communicator for our work on the threats to wildlife and the environment from human population pressure and overconsumption. The Center is the only environmental group in the United States with a full-time program focusing on these issues. Our highly motivated Population and Sustainability team uses cutting-edge communications and campaigns to highlight unsustainable human population growth, as well as the impacts that food production (particularly meat and the use of pesticides) and energy development have on people, wildlife and the planet.

The Media Specialist will produce high-impact communications on every platform aimed at steering the national conversation on these critical issues — including pursuing media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that provoke, entice and generate discussion and action. The Center is already a national leader on issues involving population and sustainability through creative campaigns like our Endangered Species Condoms project and Take Extinction Off Your Plate. Our aim is to take our population and sustainability program to the next level with high-impact media that reaches new audiences, decision-makers and the next generation of activists.

This position reports directly to the communications director and works closely with our Communications program, population and sustainability director and the staff of our Population and Sustainability program.

Main duties:

  • Write compelling press releases, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other material.
  • Heighten public knowledge of issues surrounding population and sustainability, including personal choices and national policy debates.
  • Work closely with Communications and Population and Sustainability 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 related to population and sustainability 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 materials related to population and sustainability into other Center communications.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize science related to population and sustainability for lay audience materials.
  • Help 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 900,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially in the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

Requirements:

  • Proven ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Seasoned news judgment and solid understanding of compelling media narratives.
  • A knack for finding creative, sometimes fun ways to communicate serious issues.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal skills.
  • A working knowledge of Population and Sustainability issues 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 saving wildlife and providing a livable future for all species.

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five to 10 years of experience as a professional communicator, including journalism or advocacy.
  • A 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: Population and Sustainability.” 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.

 

Membership Director
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a motivated, high-energy, people-focused fundraising Membership Director based in Tucson, Arizona. The Membership Director will be responsible for overseeing membership fundraising — both online and offline — including the acquisition, conversion, cultivation, solicitation, upgrade, stewardship, retention and win-back of the Center’s grassroots base of supporters and members. While supervising the Online Fundraising Director, the Membership Director will also oversee the drafting of appeals and must be an exceptionally strong writer and thinker, as well as being issue savvy. An aptitude for tracking and reporting data and a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the metrics of success is essential. This position manages two direct reports and a total staff of seven, and reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. The Membership Director also works closely with program directors, the major gifts and donor relations team and the Executive Director.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Online Fundraising Director, communications team, Chief Development Officer, Executive Director and fundraising consultants to develop and implement creative, high-revenue-producing, targeted digital and direct-mail advocacy-based fundraising campaign appeals to multiple segments of our supporter base.
  • Develop annual and long-term strategic plans with goals designed to consistently increase the total number of members and fundraising revenues for the program.
  • Must have a sharp eye for numbers and superb data-tracking skills to determine the ongoing success of the program in real time. Keep eyes fixed on bottom line, communicate with management clear explanations regarding the overall health of programs, spot any weaknesses as they arise and propose how to fix them.
  • Working closely with membership staff and the finance department, produce regular reports for the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director to track and analyze the true costs of the membership program, income and trends.
  • Supervise the membership team, lead regular meetings and facilitate brainstorming and implementation of accepted ideas. Coach and mentor staff to encourage professional development.
  • Foster a productive and member-focused program that emphasizes efficient data management, tracking and gift processing; oversees and improves upon strong thanking and acknowledgment systems; and delivers high-touch, personalized, informative member services and communications.
  • Serve as the liaison between the membership program and the Center’s communications and conservation programs. Help identify opportunities in Center’s conservation work for local, regional and national membership fundraising.
  • Work with the communications program to draft and finalize our print and email newsletters.
  • Ensure that online fundraising campaigns are hard-hitting, innovative activism and revenue generators, and that they are influential, while leveraging our strong social media presence.
  • Working with the online fundraising and digital communications staff to expand social media presence so that it aligns with current and future giving goals.
  • Identify and target members with the ability and inclination to upgrade to higher giving levels. Personally manage a portfolio of 100-plus Fast Track members with potential to upgrade, personally communicate with them, facilitate their engagement, and work closely with the Chief Development Officer  and major gifts team to pass on high-capacity leads where they exist.
  • Field phone, email and in-person inquiries from the staff and public regarding conservation- and donation-related questions.
  • Oversee Center merchandise production/distribution; assist with event planning and the volunteer program.
  • Directly manage two staff: the Online Fundraising Director and the Senior Membership Associate; oversee a total of seven or more additional staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; ensuring that staff’s time is recorded accurately on timesheets and sent to Finance for payroll; routine staff reviews; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred).
  • Strong understanding of environmental issues and nonprofit administration.
  • Five to seven years of nonprofit membership/fundraising experience desired. At least three years of experience working with online digital fundraising, social media and communication streams.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and managing and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, leadership and teamwork capabilities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including for email and mailed appeals, annual reports and newsletters.
  • The ability to work efficiently with remotely based team members utilizing technology.
  • The propensity to work with high energy, a high degree of initiative and from a positive perspective while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of donation-management tools and database programs.

A strong familiarity with donor/member management databases like ROI/Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge; advocacy/fundraising tools such as Democracy in Action/Salsa/Convio. Experience with community based e-acquisition tools such as Care2, Change.org, etc.; peer-to-peer and/or crowd-funding experience a plus.

The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to MembershipDirector@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Membership Director.” 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.

 

Paralegal
Full time
Oakland, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Paralegal for our Strategic Litigation Group. The Strategic Litigation Group focuses on innovative legal campaigns to conserve endangered species, protect public lands and limit urban sprawl. The Paralegal will provide paralegal, legal secretarial, and administrative support to a dynamic team to support litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The working environment is fast-paced, exciting and supportive.

Main duties:

    • Preparation of legal documents, including cite checking, completing tables of contents and authorities for briefs, proofreading, formatting and related tasks.
    • Preparation and indexing of electronic and hard-copy administrative records under the California Environmental Quality Act, appellate appendices, and records for state and federal court litigation.
    • Filing and serving of documents and maintenance of legal dockets, including ensuring compliance with court rules in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions, e-filing, courtesy copies, calendar management for administrative actions and court filings, corresponding with clerks’ offices and related tasks.
    • Maintenance of a legal library, including updating of court rules, recent scientific articles and reference material.
    • Finalizing comment letters, including retrieval of online references.
    • Factual and legal research.
    • Assisting with the planning and handling of internal and external meetings, travel and conference arrangements.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • A university degree.
  • Paralegal certification.
  • A minimum of two years paralegal experience.
  • Legal secretarial skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well with others as a part of an effective team.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • Familiarity with California and federal environmental laws.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and experience, and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. The position will be located in our Oakland office.

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

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. 

 

Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Los Angeles, California

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, creative and experienced campaigner to lead a growing campaign to advance a just and wildlife-friendly renewable energy future. This position will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program, which addresses the links between rampant human population growth, overconsumption and consumer choices, and species extinction due to resource depletion and environmental degradation. The ideal candidate for this position will be enthusiastic; highly motivated; collaborative; able to work independently and as part of a team; and have a solid understanding of the politics, policy and environmental impacts of renewable energy — particularly distributed solar energy — and a familiarity with wildlife, human population and sustainability issues. The Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner reports to the Population and Sustainability director and works closely with research, conservation, organizing and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Develop and execute advocacy and education campaigns, initiatives, outreach and policy positions that advance a fully renewable energy future and increase public understanding and access to wildlife-friendly renewable energy sources, particularly distributed solar energy.
  • Identify and launch strategic state, federal and corporate policy campaigns that support a rapid increase in renewable energy sources with minimal environmental impact.
  • Help develop and articulate our vision for America’s energy future, with an emphasis on renewable energy, efficiency, environmental justice and endangered species protection.
  • Collaborate with other staff across programs to develop and coordinate renewable energy policies and campaigns.
  • Develop relationships with allies to engage with and help build the movement toward a fully renewable and just energy future.
  • Play a key role in helping the Population and Sustainability program emerge as a national leader and voice on energy, population and consumption issues.
  • Develop and execute policy initiatives related to energy, population and sustainability.
  • Serve as the program’s public expert on energy issues, including generating press releases, reports and op-eds; giving interviews; and otherwise working with the media.
  • Track national policy, communications and trends on energy production and use, human population growth, sustainability issues and the environment.
  • Draft and produce website text, reports, factsheets and other educational materials regarding the energy campaign, including policy positions and sustainable-lifestyle information.
  • Work with program and communications staff to engage and activate allies and supporters through creative media, action alerts and other tools in support of a sustainable energy future.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Five years or more organizing experience — national-level organizing in energy, wildlife, environmental justice or similar issues preferred.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, political science or other relevant field, or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Proven experience working on renewable energy issues.
  • Strong working knowledge of state-level and national policies and trends related to distributed solar energy, including pricing, net metering, community solar and grid connectivity; economics knowledge a plus.
  • A passion for and experience with working on the effects of renewable energy on the environment and endangered species, with a desire to be a national leader on these issues.
  • A demonstrated ability to translate complex policy into clear advocacy opportunities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to take action online and offline.
  • Proven experience working with coalitions and diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated project leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with the media and in public speaking, including but not limited to activities such as giving interviews, participating in panels and other presentations, acting as a spokesperson and writing press releases.
  • Familiarity with national issues related to human population, overconsumption, sustainable living, dietary choices, endangered species and environmental effects — as well as a working knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these issues.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with those offered by other nonprofit organizations. 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 for Biological Diversity deeply values and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
To apply please send a résumé and a thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position to RenewableEnergyCampaigner@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner” in the subject line. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled. 

 

Staff Scientist — Climate Law Institute
Full time
Los Angeles, 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.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. This position is located in Los Angeles.

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.

 

Staff or Senior Attorney — Public Lands Federal Fossil Fuels “Keep It In the Ground” Campaign

Full Time
Denver, Colorado (Preferred)

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to join our public lands team of attorneys, campaigners and communication specialists who are working to enforce the laws governing federal leasing of fossil fuels.

The position will involve using applicable laws — including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others — to engage in all phases of federal fossil fuel auctions, plan amendments and projects, including through both administrative advocacy and litigation. The position requires a dynamic, dedicated, organized individual with experience in litigation and with the federal fossil fuel program.

Main duties:

  1. Track, analyze and comment on federal fossil fuel auctions; plan amendments and projects as appropriate.
  2. Litigate federal on shore fossil fuel auctions, plan amendments and projects.
  3. Work with regional, local and national partners.
  4. Work with scientists and other related experts.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  1. At least five years experience as an environmental attorney.
  2. Experience developing strategic litigation and litigating under relevant federal statutes, specifically the ESA, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land and Policy Management Act, National Forest Management Act and Administrative Procedure Act.
  3. Experience working collaboratively with peers.
  4. Knowledge of federal laws relating to the federal fossil fuel program.
  5. Knowledge of — or ability to quickly learn about — the biology of and threats to imperiled species.
  6. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Strong organizational skills.
  8. Passion for conserving public lands and wildlife, and for tackling climate change and fossil fuel drilling and overconsumption.

Compensation: Salary is 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.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to Public_Lands_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 or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to advocate for the conservation of Southeast 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 the increasing number of endangered species in the Southeast 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 in Florida and the Southeast.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect endangered species from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, agriculture and other threats through litigation and other advocacy.  
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of endangered species.
  • 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 two years experience as an environmental attorney.
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge of the status of, biology of, and threats to endangered species.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • A background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • A dynamic and assertive personality.

Compensation: Salary is 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.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to southeast_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.

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