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Sep 30 / BARD CEP

Staff Attorney/ Polict Advocate- Washington DC

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Position Title: Staff Attorney/Policy Advocate

Location:1152 15th Street, NW, D.C., Washington, 20005, United States

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: not given


Organization Overview

NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than one million members and online activists nationwide to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places, and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. In addition to our New York headquarters, we have offices in Washington, San Francisco, and Santa Monica.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life–air, land and water–and to defend endangered natural places. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.


NRDC is seeking a Staff Attorney or policy expert to work with our energy team based in Washington, DC on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues at the state level.  Specifically, this position would advance our work on climate change and clean energy by supporting our efforts to reform utility business models and regulatory environments; by accelerating state policies that support strong clean energy; and by increasing support for federal standards on carbon emissions.  This position will build relationships and coalitions with a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers and agencies, utilities, regulatory commissions, and both state and federal advocacy groups.  A successful candidate will benefit from a mindset that blends a collegial, collaborative team-centered approach, with a willingness to be entrepreneurial and driven in securing objectives.


Provide written and oral advocacy in furtherance of NRDC’s utility reform, clean energy and energy efficiency priorities at the legislature and regulatory proceedings before the environmental agencies and public utilities commissions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; develop state-level support in those states and others to push for federal regulations on carbon emissions from the electric sector; conduct legal and policy research and analysis to develop and support positions; coordinate and represent NRDC in coalitions on specific issue-areas both regionally and nationally; and respond to media requests and develop advocacy material to spread NRDC’s message.


  • Law Degree or Masters Degree in relevant field
  • At least 5 years work experience in energy or environmental field
  • Experience working with state regulators
  • Experience working in and coordinating coalitions
  • Project management experience
  • Willingness to travel (could be periods when on the road 50% of the time)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and strong writing and oral presentation skills

How to Apply

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.

For further information about NRDC, please visit

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

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