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Associate Attorney

Location: Anchorage, AK, Juneau, AK

Job Type: Full Time


The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

Responsibilities:  Among other responsibilities, the associate will:

  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; 
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings; 
  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents;
  • Investigate facts and assist with case development; and
  • Interact with clients and work with experts.  

The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.

Qualifications:  Applicants must be law-school graduates who are admitted to or will be admitted timely to the Alaska bar.   Additional qualifications include:

  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills; 
  • Strong self-motivation;
  • An ability and willingness to work closely with others; 
  • Experience or education in environmental and administrative law;
  • A commitment to environmental protection; and
  • Preferably, completion of a post law school judicial clerkship or one to three years of experience in environmental law or general litigation post law school.

The Alaska office has locations in Juneau and Anchorage.  

The term for this position is two years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Earthjustice’s compensation is based on experience, is competitive with other non-profit organizations, and includes an excellent benefits package.  

To Apply: Send applications by email to akoffice@earthjustice.org.  Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the associate position, a resume, a legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), an unofficial copy of your law school transcript and three references.  For additional information you may contact us by email at akoffice@earthjustice.org.

About Earthjustice:

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.


Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.