Position: Southern Environmental Law Center, Attorney (Deadline: unknown, Atlanta, GA)



Attorney: Atlanta, GA Office

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking an experienced attorney for its Atlanta, Georgia office. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.

About SELC: With offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN), SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South’s natural resources—its land, air, water, coast and wetlands—and to preserve our rural countryside and community character.  Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works collaboratively with over 150 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve our common conservation goals. Our legal and policy staff comprises some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields, and over its 30-year history, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country.  We currently have a staff of 130, including 68 attorneys. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at http://www.southernenvironment.org.

About the position: SELC’s work is focused in five program areas: energy and healthy air, transportation and land use, clean water, coast and wetlands, and forest protection.  The attorney will have significant responsibility for work in one or more of these program areas in Georgia and possibly Alabama. Work will consist of litigation in state and federal courts and advocacy in state and federal administrative proceedings, with some policy analysis and development in various settings at the local, state and federal levels.

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment and special places of the South.  The region has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity.  To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff.  We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

Qualifications: We are seeking an experienced attorney with strong advocacy skills, a strong work ethic, and a sense of initiative.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled lawyer with eight years or more of litigation experience, excellent academic credentials, a background in environmental law and policy, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission.

Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package.

To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, resume, law school transcript (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and a list of three professional references in one email to Sally Barbano at GAjobs@selcva.org. PLEASE INCLUDE “ATLANTA ATTORNEY APPLICATION” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

SELC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.


September 2016.

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