Jobs at ELPC

Wildlife, Biodiversity & Natural Resources Protection Litigation Attorney

NEW POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ATTORNEY – NATURAL RESOURCES

PROTECTING WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY, & MIDWEST’S WILD AND SPECIAL PLACES

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is hiring a skilled public interest litigation attorney with 8+ years of strong federal and state court, and administrative, litigation experience for a full-time position in our downtown Chicago office. This ELPC attorney will work on our natural resources preservation legal and policy advocacy, which now focuses on protecting the Great Lakes, Northwoods and Driftless Area, and wildlife and biodiversity.  This is a great position for a top-rate litigator who loves the outdoors and wants to devote her/his professional work to protecting the Midwest’s vital natural resources and wild and special places.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. 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 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 40+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. 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 headquarters is in downtown Chicago, along with eight additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. See www.ELPC.org

RESPONSIBILITIES: Key litigation role advancing ELPC’s innovative and successful environmental program activities focused on protecting wildlife and biodiversity and the Midwest’s wild and special places.  First-chair natural resources protection litigation and help lead policy advocacy campaigns in the “courts of public opinion” to succeed.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Staff to help prioritize and provide savvy results-focused strategic direction for ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program.  Work effectively in ELPC’s public interest entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team culture. Fundraise to support ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program activities and expand program success.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This attorney should have 8+ years litigation experience, preferably with a practice including environmental and natural resources legal and policy issues.  The ideal background would be a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and appellate experience.  Excellent writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  Strong academic background desired. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals are required.  This attorney should thrive on engaging with project teams including scientists, MBAs and policy and media specialists.  Ability and drive to win, achieve results and produce successes.

SALARYCommensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure, which is competitive with other major public interest environmental law organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:  Libby Prakel, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, LPrakel@elpc.org.  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.  (Posted 12/8/2017)

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ACLS Public Fellow: Senior Research Analyst, Transportation Innovation

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a Senior Research Analyst. Transportation use and technology are changing rapidly with the advent of electric vehicles, ride-hailing applications, driverless cars, and car sharing, and public transit ridership is declining as a result. Public policy needs to keep pace with these changes in order to address climate change, land use, and equity challenges. This position is offered through the American Council of Learned Societies as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center (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. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, and we have offices in eight other cities throughout the Midwest and in Washington, DC.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Transportation use and technology are changing rapidly with the advent of electric vehicles, ride-hailing applications, driverless cars, and car sharing, and public transit ridership is declining as a result. Public policy needs to keep pace with these changes in order to address climate change, land use, and equity challenges. Done right, these innovations will reduce greenhouse gas pollution, support clean power generation by using car batteries as grid-level power storage, and expand the reach of public transit. Done wrong, they will risk exacerbating congestion, increasing sprawl, and leaving stranded public transit assets unable to meet the public’s needs.
ELPC seeks to hire a Senior Research Analyst to help guide public policies to encourage the former rather than the latter. The analyst will work in ELPC’s downtown Chicago headquarters and report to ELPC’s Deputy Director and Senior Law Fellow. S/he also will work closely with other transportation team members.

The analyst will research the quickly changing, interrelated fields of vehicle technology, power grid storage, vehicle ownership/use, and land use policy. The analyst will help ELPC identify and execute opportunities to advance environmental goals in this field before city, state, and federal regulatory agencies, including public utility commissions and the US Department of Transportation.
At the project’s completion, the analyst will have gained substantive professional experience in policy analysis, advocacy, strategic analysis, and communications and will have also developed expertise in the particular field of new transportation technologies and policy. This experience can be applied toward future positions in environmental advocacy, consulting, or government.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on vehicle technology, power grid storage, and vehicle ownership/use;
  • Compile and evaluate best practices at regional, state, and local levels to address this rapidly changing field;
  • Create fact sheets, web content, reports, infographics, and other materials to inform policymakers and the public;
  • Write testimony that will be presented before legislative and regulatory bodies;
  • Forge and manage relationships with key national, state, and local stakeholders; and
  • Develop and execute strategies for coalition-building, campaign development, and communications to promote adoption of best practices by governing bodies throughout the Midwest

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;
    • An understanding of public policy and its development;
    • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to translate complex issues into persuasive prose;
    • Excellent research, critical analysis, and problem-solving skills;
    • An inspired and demonstrated commitment to environmental protection; and
    • The ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Information on the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program: www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows
  • All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System (ofa.acls.org)
  • Application deadline: March 14, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Public Interest M.B.A. Sustainable Business Fellow

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an MBA Sustainable Business Fellow for a two-year commitment at our Chicago headquarters, beginning in summer / fall 2018.  The Sustainable Business Fellow will work with ELPC’s multidisciplinary project teams of senior attorneys, M.B.A.s, public policy specialists and scientist professionals on sustainability projects developing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, advancing innovative transportation strategies and preserving vital natural resources.  One of ELPC’s core principles is that job creation, economic growth and environmental progress can be achieved together through smart public policies and sustainability initiatives.

ORGANIZATIONELPC 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 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 45 talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A.s, 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 headquarters is in Chicago, along with nine more offices in the Midwest and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has a $7.5 million annual budget Please visit www.ELPC.org for additional information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Program Staff on sustainability projects to advance clean energy development and climate change solutions, accelerate innovative transportation strategies, and protect the Great Lakes and other natural resources.  Economic analysis of solar energy and wind power projects.  Determine environmental, job creation, economic growth benefits from forward-looking energy, environmental and natural resources preservation policies.  Engage with multidisciplinary project teams to achieve sustainability impacts and results.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent M.B.A. school graduate with at least three years of prior professional experience preferably in finance, sustainability, environmental or energy sectors.  Strong academic record and excellent analytical, presentation and writing skills.  Strong background in financial and economic analysis. Smart self-starter with track record of initiative and successes.  Substantive knowledge of clean energy policy and technologies, and energy economics is valued.  An inspired commitment to sustainability principles and an ability to work productively with a team of skilled professionals.

COMPENSATION $67,500 annual salary for recent M.B.A. program graduates. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume, three professional references by email to:  BusinessFellowship@ELPC.org.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our staff.

Kubert Sustainable Business Internship

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a current MBA student for a 10-week Sustainable Business Internship in our Chicago office starting in May or June 2018. This individual will participate as a member of multidisciplinary ELPC teams that draw upon expertise in business, law, policy and planning to protect natural resources and build a sustainable regional economy. This role offers an exceptional opportunity to directly impact some of the most important issues facing Midwest communities, institutions, and the planet at-large.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Our 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 inspired collaborations with diverse stakeholders 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 headquarters is in Chicago, along with nine additional offices across the Midwest and in Washington D.C. ELPC was founded in 1993 and has a $7 million annual budget. Please visit www.ELPC.org for additional information.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The ELPC Sustainable Business Intern will work on mission-aligned projects to advance clean energy, mobility, air and/or water initiatives. This individual will participate in the development and implementation of forward-looking programs to drive positive environmental outcomes, job creation, and economic development. The internship will involve economic and policy analysis, with specific tasks determined by the successful applicant’s experience, education and interests, as well as urgent environmental opportunities. All ELPC staff members can expect meaningful, impact-driven engagement with diverse colleagues and stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS: Current MBA student with 3+ years of prior professional experience in energy, mobility, finance, sustainability, environment, and/or related sectors. Strong academic record and excellent analytical and writing skills. Solid background in quantitative analysis and financial modeling. Demonstrated passion for Midwest environmental issues and personal commitment to sustainability principles. ELPC values personal initiative, intellectual curiosity, optimism, flexibility, professionalism, and a spirit of public service.

SALARY: $7,500 for the 10-week internship program, starting in May or June 2018.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please email a cover letter and resume to KubertBusinessInternship@elpc.org. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our team.

Charlie Kubert was a businessperson and dedicated environmentalist who worked at ELPC on sustainable business opportunities to advance environmental progress and economic growth.

Legal Assistant

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full time legal assistant to our public interest attorneys in our downtown Chicago headquarters. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience with a premier environmental advocacy organization.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwesher. 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), eight other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 5 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include: document editing and manipulation, policy research, electronic and paper filing of documents in federal courts, state courts, and administrative agencies, maintenance of attorneys’ registration, coordination of travel arrangements, and providing general administrative support.  Assist with office administrative responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite are required. A keen attention to detail, including proofreading, is required. Well organized with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection. Previous legal experience preferred. Willing to work occasional late evenings and weekends. College degree required.

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 a cover letter, resume and professional references to: LegalAssistant@elpc.org.  Telephone inquiries are strongly discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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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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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