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Advocacy Attorney

Reporting to: Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs

Mission of Position: The Advocacy Attorney will collaborate with a team of attorneys, policy analysts, land use planners and community organizers advancing environmental campaign goals. The Advocacy Attorney will advance Scenic Hudson’s mission through a combination of litigation, advocacy, public education and consensus building. Current major campaigns include stopping fossil fuel infrastructure, working to transition the Hudson Valley to a renewable energy future and securing cleanup and restoration of the Hudson River Superfund site.

Qualifications:            

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree
  • License to practice law in New York State
  • At least two years of experience practicing environmental law; Relevant experience and outstanding work prior to bar admission will be considered
  • Knowledge of federal and New York State administrative and environmental law; Familiarity with energy law and policy
  • Experience with local land use law
  • Superb research, writing and communication skills
  • Must be able to work with diverse stakeholders and in a coalition setting
  • Ability to contribute effectively as a member of a team and collaborate across the organization
  • Commitment to Scenic Hudson’s mission and environmental justice
  • Must be a self-starter and effective time manager experienced at balancing multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor

Compensation: Salary range is $80,000 – $84,000 annually, with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

Principal responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct legal research and recommend strategies for intervention to advance campaign goals
  • Review and draft comments on administrative matters, including proposed rulemakings, permit applications and environmental review documents
  • Advance and/or support litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, where necessary to achieve programmatic objectives
  • Participate in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies
  • Represent Scenic Hudson publicly in coalition meetings, hearings, and panel presentations
  • File information requests
  • Engage in legal analysis and issue-spotting in a variety of contexts
  • Maintain contact with other environmental and community organizations and appropriate federal, state and local officials on specific projects
  • Build organizational and public support for advocacy initiatives
  • Monitor Environmental Notice Bulletin and Federal and State Registers
  • Review and analyze federal, state, and local environmental and energy policies
  • Occasional travel within the Hudson Valley and to New York City and Albany may be required

Background: Scenic Hudson helps citizens and communities preserve land and farms and create parks where people experience the outdoors and enjoy the Hudson River. We also bring together people, businesses and government to protect the river and natural resources that are the engines of the valley’s local economies. Started in 1963 by a handful of citizens who cherished the simple pleasures of the outdoors along the Hudson, Scenic Hudson is credited with launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today, in the face of new challenges and the effects of climate change, we are dedicated to making the Hudson Valley a great place to live, work and play. Our focus is on strengthening and maximizing benefits all can enjoy from the region’s great assets—beautiful open spaces, working farms, and vibrant cities and town centers. www.scenichudson.org

Contact: Cover letter, resume and brief legal writing sample to: jobs@scenichudson.org. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org.

No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.