Jobs at ELPC

Summer 2018 Science and Policy Internships

The Environmental Law & Policy Center offers several policy and science internships for undergraduate and graduate students.  Environmental Policy and Science Internships are available throughout the year and are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying politics/government, environmental sciences, business/economics or related fields.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.

ELPC generally offers one fall, one spring, and three summer policy/science internships in the Chicago office with additional opportunities in our Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa offices.  This is an unpaid, volunteer position requiring a minimum of 15 hours per week.  ELPC encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together.  ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.  Please visit www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Policy and Science Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks.

Job duties include: researching energy and environmental topics; preparing memos, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; researching organizations, companies, and individuals in key regions; researching and tracking events; reviewing reports and preparing summary memos; updating and managing Access databases; performing analysis of grant data for use by Congressional offices and others; and assisting with web site content and writing. Interns may also attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators, and concerned citizens.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references via email to the appropriate staff member for each office, as listed below. Summer 2018 Internship Application Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Chicago: Intern Manager, policyinternships@elpc.org
Des Moines: Steve Falck, sfalck@elpc.org
Madison: Andy Olsen, aolsen@elpc.org

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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Development Officer, Foundation Relations

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full-time Development Officer for Foundation Relations to work in our Chicago office. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy is essential for protecting our core environmental values.  This position reports to ELPC’s Director of Development and is responsible for writing compelling and persuasive foundation proposals and compiling grant reports. As part of ELPC’s development team, this person will also provide support for development events and outreach activities as needed.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s premier public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders.  We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities.  ELPC’s offices are in Chicago (HQ), seven other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with senior program staff to raise support from foundations. This job focuses on marketing ELPC’s mix of policy and legal advocacy projects to national, regional, state, and local foundations, and includes: (1) Drafting and revising successful grant proposals and letters of inquiry; (2) Working with program staff to develop grant proposal content; and (3) Working closely with program staff to write reports to funders; and (4) Identifying new foundation prospects.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ability to write strong, persuasive grant proposals and reports.  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of development experience, preferably in the environmental sector. Prior job experience writing persuasive documents (e.g., journalism, policy advocacy work) is a plus.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal skills; an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising; and a passion for ELPC’s mission.   He or she must be able to work productively with a team of skilled professionals in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment where attention to details and follow-through are critical.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other large public interest environmental organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send: (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for two professional references to: Kevin Brubaker, kbrubaker@elpc.org with “Development Officer” in the subject line.  Telephone inquiries are not accepted.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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SUMMER 2018 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire 1L and 2L law student interns for Summer 2018. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 3 to 4 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office, and 1 law student to work part of the summer in Nebraska and part of the summer in the Chicago office. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, farmland protection, and preservation of freshwater resources.

About ELPC: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.

Responsibilities: Our summer law student interns work with ELPC attorneys and other professional staff on ELPC policy, legislative and general advocacy issues, and federal and state court litigation. Job activities may include legal and legislative research, litigation and pre-litigation support, developing case strategies, legislative drafting, clean energy business development, grassroots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns also may attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators and concerned citizens, and participate in depositions and other litigation activities. Our interns assume a significant level of responsibility commensurate with their interests and abilities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. Although stipends are available, ELPC encourages interns to obtain alternate funding from law school public interest fellowships and other outside sources. ELPC has a funded internship position available for a student attending law school in Nebraska or with long-standing connections in the state. The intern will split his/her time between Nebraska and the Chicago office.

Application Process: Interested law students should send a cover letter and resume via email to lawinternships@elpc.org. Applications from 2Ls are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications from 1Ls will be accepted beginning December 1, 2017. ELPC also accepts applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at www.pili-law.org.

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Public Interest Economic Policy Associate

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire an entry-level Economic Policy Associate at our Chicago headquarters. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values. The Economic Policy Associate will perform research, modeling, and analysis as part of a first-rate team working to: accelerate clean solar energy and storage, wind power and energy efficiency solutions; advance climate change solutions; protect clean air, safe drinking water and communities against toxic threats; and protect the Midwest’s wild and natural places.

ORGANIZATIONELPC’s nationally-recognized work includes strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business -specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices across the Midwest and in Washington, DC. ELPC was founded in 1993 and has an annual budget of $7 million. Please visit www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  ELPC’s Economic Policy Associate will work on mission-aligned projects to advance clean energy, transportation, air, and/or water initiatives.  Primary activities include researching and analyzing economic and environmental data to create compelling analysis and presentations (including spreadsheets, databases, data visualizations, reports, and other communications). This will involve data modeling, mapping, and developing deep subject matter expertise, in collaboration with highly-motivated attorneys, MBAs, and policy advocates on some of the most important and challenging environmental protection issues of our times.

QUALIFICATIONS:  We seek a highly-capable, committed graduate of a well-respected educational program with a strong academic record in economics, business, social science, informatics, or related analytical fields. Specific requirements include: exceptional research, analytical, and modeling skills (advanced MS Excel required; additional experience in statistical analysis, database management, data visualization, and/or GIS mapping preferred) and demonstrated passion for Midwest environmental issues.  Promising candidates will complete an analytical case study during the interview process.

SALARY: $37,500 annual salary. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Analyst@ELPC.org.

ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our team.

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