Employee Benefits

At Earthjustice, we believe that our employees should live and work well.

Employee Benefits

At Earthjustice, we believe that our employees should live and work well.

Earthjustice staff members walk through a park in Oakland, Calif.
Staff from Earthjustice’s San Francisco office, on a well-earned break. (Alison Yin for Earthjustice)
Staff from Earthjustice’s San Francisco office, on a well-earned break.
Alison Yin for Earthjustice

Earthjustice offers comprehensive, fully paid benefits to all staff who work at least 20 hours per week. Coverage is also available to an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, or child (up to age 26) with the employee paying a portion of the monthly premium based on a salary-tiered contribution plan. Benefits coverage will begin the 1st day of the month following the employee’s start date.

Health & Wellness

Comprehensive Medical Plans

Employees may choose a HealthComp Blue Shield PPO or EPO plan. In addition, staff in CA, CO, D.C., or WA may choose a Kaiser HMO plan. Staff in Hawaiʻi may choose an HMSA plan option.

Employees also have the choice of opting out of the medical plan and/or the dental and vision plans for themselves and/or eligible dependents and receive reimbursement.

Health Advocate

Helps staff navigate their insurance and billing.

Delta Dental PPO Plan

Offers an annual maximum benefit of $2,500. In addition, for adults and children, it provides a lifetime orthodontia benefit of $2,000.

Claremont’s Employee Assistance Program

Includes 8 free counseling sessions per year per issue plus child/elder care referrals, and adoption assistance. Available for staff and members of their household.

Carrot Family Planning & Fertility Network Resources

Provides valuable resources and education for family-forming services (e.g., adoption and IVF).

VSP Vision Plan

Covers an exam and eye glass lens. Frames, contacts, non-prescription sunglasses, or blue light filtering glasses have a $200 annual allowance.

Modern Health

Offers 6 free counseling sessions and 8 free coaching sessions for staff and their dependents, plus unlimited access to Circles, which provides group sessions led by a therapist/coach, skill building workshops, and listen & learn sessions.

Bright Horizons

Offers up to 10 days of subsidized child and/or adult & elder care.

Financial Wellbeing

Newport Group 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan

Employees may participate right away. Earthjustice will contribute 3.5% of the staff’s salary starting on their 1-year anniversary.

On the staff’s 2-year anniversary, Earthjustice will contribute 9% of staff’s salary or 10% if the staff is making a voluntary contribution of at least 3% of their annual salary.

Contributions vest immediately.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Allows staff to set aside up to $3,200 pre-tax dollars annually to pay for eligible medical care expenses and/or up to $5,000 pre-tax dollars annually to pay for eligible dependent care expenses.

Commuters can set aside up to $315 per month to pay for commuting expenses and up to $315 per month for parking.

Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance

Earthjustice provides life and AD&D insurance at a flat amount of $200,000. Employees can purchase additional life insurance and AD&D, up to $500,000 for themself and up to $250,000 for their spouse. Child life and AD&D coverage are also available.

In the event that an employee is disabled beyond 90 days, Earthjustice provides long-term disability benefits through UNUM, which will be paid at 60% of the employee’s weekly earnings, up to a max of $15,000 per month.

Time Off

Holidays & Year-End Closure

All eligible employees receive 15 paid holidays per year. This includes a year-end closure between December 24 and January 1. In addition, staff will receive 2 days of civic engagement leave, 2 floating holidays, and 1 birthday holiday per year.

Bereavement Leave

Staff are eligible for up to 20 days of bereavement leave per calendar year for the passing of a loved one.


Employees accrue up to 15 days of vacation per year for the first 5 years. The accrual rate increases to 20 days per year from years 6–10, and then 25 days at the beginning of their 11th year. Part-time staff accrue on a prorated basis.

Leave of Absence

Staff are eligible for Medical or Family Leave after 6 months of service. Earthjustice offers paid benefits of up to 16 weeks for both types of leave.

Sick Leave

Full-time staff receive 12 sick days per year (prorated to the hire date during the first year). Sick leave may accumulate from year to year. Part-time staff accrue on a prorated basis.


Staff with 10 years of continuous service are eligible to receive up to 6 weeks of fully paid sabbatical leave.


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Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer

As an equal opportunity employer, Earthjustice is 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 specified under applicable laws that is not related to the position.

Fair Chance Hiring

Earthjustice will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act, and any applicable local ordinance, such as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the Los Angeles County Fair Chance Act, or the Los Angeles City Fair Chance Initiative. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you.

After making a conditional offer and running a background check, if Earthjustice is concerned about conviction that is directly related to the job, you will be given the chance to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction, provide mitigating evidence, or challenge the accuracy of the background report.

Our Values

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, inclusion, 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.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Green 2.0 Pay Equity Pledge

As part of Green 2.0’s Transparency Report Card, Earthjustice is committed to ensuring pay equity for people of color.

Live Well, Work Well

Earthjustice offers a competitive compensation plan, as well as a comprehensive benefits package. We pay 100% of all health and welfare benefits premiums for the employee.

Our health coverage includes medical, dental, prescription, vision and alternative care. We are proud to offer a generous vacation, sick leave, and disability benefit package. Additional benefits include retirement plan, flexible spending account, company-sponsored life insurance, and more.

Earthjustice also offers six weeks of fully paid sabbatical leave, following 10 years of continuous employment.

As a 501(c)3 organization, Earthjustice is a qualifying employer for purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.