Employment Opportunity: Staff Attorney


Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) is seeking candidates for a full-time Staff Attorney position in Seattle, WA. The Center for Environmental Law & Policy is a statewide organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore Washington’s waters through education, policy reform, agency advocacy, and public interest litigation.

Applicant must have at least two years of environmental law experience, including familiarity with Washington water resource and administrative law. Litigation, legislative and/or public outreach experiences a plus. Demonstrated skills must include: excellent writing and analytical skills, strong legal research skills, familiarity with water resource science principles and methods, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers, and commitment to the public interest.   

Under the direction of the Executive Director, duties include but not limited to the following: 

  • Agency Advocacy: Represent CELP in public meetings, review and comment on draft rules, policies, reports, and permits, draft and edit comments for coalition groups, and advise ED and Board on course of action regarding agency decisions.
  • Policy and Legislative Work: Analyze pending or potential legislation and advise CELP’s lobbyist and staff on potential impacts. Work with CELP’s lobbyist and Legislative Committee to develop responsive strategies, including and drafting amendments or alternative legislation. Coordinate with tribal, federal, state, and local government organizations and non-governmental organizations regarding legislative issues.
  • Public Interest Litigation:  Coordinate with CELP volunteer attorneys and co-plaintiffs, including representation of co-plaintiffs when appropriate, on all litigation matters.  Duties may include brief writing, discovery processes, representation at hearings and oral arguments.  File and review public records requests.  Staff the CELP Litigation Committee, track and coordinate CELP participation in litigation, and provide reports to ED and the CELP Board. Coordinate with other public interest water and environmental litigation law firms and organizations.
  • Public Outreach: Draft and edit press releases, website and opinion pieces related to CELP’s legal and policy work. Research and draft white papers on policy issues.  Present on CELP’s substantive work at CLEs, conferences and other public forums. 
  • Continuing Legal Education: Organize and conduct CELP’s public CLE activities, including identifying pertinent topics, recruiting speakers, and hosting events.


Juris Doctor Degree and at least two years of relevant environmental law experience.

Candidate must be a member of the Washington Bar or a member in a state where there is reciprocity.

E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample (not more than 10 pages), transcript, and references to Trish Rolfe, jobs@celp.org.  Salary is $45,000 – $48,000 DOE plus generous leave policy, health benefits and retirement. CELP will also pay attorney’s Washington Bar dues. The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible.

CELP is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation. CELP encourages Women, BIPOC and LGBTQ applicants to apply.