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Editor/Program Associate – Washington DC

Organization: Environmental Law Institute

Job Title: National Wetlands Newsletter editor/National Wetlands Award coordinator

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: full-time (37.5 hours/week); mid $30s with excellent benefits and vacation package

Application Deadline: January 31, 2012

Position Dates: n/a

Posted On: Jan 9, 2013

Organization Overview

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading center of environmental research, policy, analysis, and training in the United States. Founded in 1969, ELI plays a pivotal role in the evolution of environmental law, management, and policy both in the United States and abroad. Support for the Institute comes from a mix of law firm, corporate, government, academic, and individual members as well as grants from private foundations, companies, and government agencies.

For more than two decades, the bi-monthly National Wetlands Newsletter (NWN) has been serving the wetland community as the best source of accurate, timely, and in-depth coverage of wetland regulation, policy, science, and management. Recent issues discussed mitigation banking, new Supreme Court rulings, biodiversity and endangered species, sea level rise and climate change, challenges for restoration, and restoration of Gulf Coast wetlands after Katrina.


The Environmental Law Institute seeks an energetic, self-starting, highly motivated individual to be the National Wetlands Newsletter editor. This individual will also be responsible for managing the annual National Wetlands Awards (NWA) program. The National Wetlands Awards honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to conservation and restoration of wetlands. The Awardees are honored at a ceremony held in May on Capitol Hill.


The National Wetlands Newsletter editor is responsible for soliciting and editing articles as well as laying out and producing the journal. The editor writes summaries of recent litigation and activities in Congress as well as the editor’s note. The editor is responsible for finding innovative ways to expand NWN subscriptions and for raising funds to support NWN.

The National Wetlands Award coordinator is responsible for securing continued financial support for the program, which includes preparing proposals and submitting reports to donors, coordinating the nomination and selection process for the NWA winners, and overseeing logistics for the Awards ceremony. The coordinator is also responsible for updating the NWA website and seeking opportunities to increase recognition of the program within and beyond the wetlands community.


(1) superior writing and editing skills; (2) strong understanding of wetlands science, policy, and law; (3) excellent organizational and communication skills; (4) self-motivation and creativity; and (5) excellent ability to engage and communicate with constituents and the public.

How to Apply

Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system (

Note that your submission must contain three uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:

(1) a cover letter addressing your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in carrying on the duties outlined above; (2) a resume (including GPAs); and (3) a writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

You must also provide three professional references as part of the online application. Although these are not required fields for the application software, a reference list is necessary for this employment opportunity.

IMPORTANT: you must ensure that each of these items is uploaded as described above. The system will allow a maximum of three uploaded documents. ELI is unable to consider incomplete applications.

Applications must be submitted no later than January 31, 2013. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please. Please send an email to if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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