Experienced Senior Legal Counsel Wanted

Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel – Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Location: Washington, DC (Partially Remote)

Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) is seeking an experienced Senior Legal Counsel to join our dedicated team in protecting and preserving the Potomac River and its tributaries. If you are a skilled attorney with a strong background in environmental litigation, a passion for environmental conservation, and a commitment to safeguarding our rivers, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Potomac River and its watershed through advocacy, legal action, and community engagement. As the leading voice for the river, we strive to ensure clean water, healthy habitats, and vibrant public use and enjoyment of the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River. Our work encompasses a wide range of activities, including litigation, policy advocacy, education, and citizen engagement.  Our work is guided by our three Riverkeepers, who are recognized for their expertise and knowledge of the watershed as well as their strong local connections with the communities along the rivers. We are committed to accurately reflect and equitably serve the diverse demographics of our watershed, including in Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Latino populations. 

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Responsibilities:

  • Lead PRKN’s legal actions, including administrative proceedings, in-house counsel work, and litigation in federal and state courts
  • Track compliance and implementation of enforcement actions, lawsuits and settlement agreements
  • Represent PRKN in litigation matters, including drafting legal documents, conducting legal research, presenting arguments in court and supervising litigation conducted by outside counsel
  • Work closely with PRKN’s Riverkeepers, Vice President for Programs and other staff to develop and implement legal strategies to protect the Potomac River and advance PRKN’s mission
  • Provide legal guidance and support to PRKN’s programs, including water quality, habitat restoration, and community outreach
  • Provide general counsel advice to PRKN as needed
  • Stay updated on relevant state and federal environmental laws, regulations, and policies
  • Assist in legislative drafting and review, in coordination with the Vice President of Programs
  • Review and comment on permits and enforcement matters in coordination with the Riverkeepers
  • Supervise any legal fellows and/or law clerks

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and active membership in good standing with the Bar of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia
  • Minimum of 5 years of litigation experience, with knowledge of and experience with environmental or natural resources law
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex legal concepts to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated passion for environmental advocacy and conservation and protecting rivers and water resources
  • Background or experience in science, environmental studies, or related fields is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with federal and state environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act is highly desirable
  • Excellent research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, managing multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including government agencies, nonprofits, and community members
  • Commitment to environmental justice and ensuring that all of our Potomac communities are protected from pollution
  • Experience working in a small nonprofit advocacy role is desirable

Location and Compensation:

This position will be based in Washington, DC, with the flexibility for partial remote work. The salary for the Senior Legal Counsel position is between $75,000-$120,000, commensurate with experience. PRKN offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Senior Legal Counsel position, please submit your resume, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the role, and a legal writing sample to apply@prknetwork.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

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