National Environmental Law Center


Paralegal / Office Administrator


The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is a non-profit research and litigation center dedicated to enforcing the nation's environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act. NELC has a proven track record of bringing corporate polluters to justice by providing essential legal representation to state and local citizen groups. NELC is based in Boston and has a West Coast office in Seattle.

Job Description

NELC's paralegal is an important member of the litigation team, and is responsible for:

- Performing basic legal research and helping to prepare motions and pleadings for filing in court.

- Performing factual research into topics such as industry compliance with environmental laws and the environmental and health effects of particular pollutants.

- Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local, state, and national environmental organizations and citizen groups.

- Coordinating media strategy and press conferences, maintaining NELC's list of press contacts, and updating the organization’s web site.

- Preparing and tracking the organization's budget and business plan.

- Coordinating and creating content for website updates, newsletters, and other publications.

- Organizing and filing case-related documents.

- Administering NELC's Boston office.


Boston, MA

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s level of relevant experience, ranging from $24,500 to $27,000. The benefits package includes educational loan assistance, a 401(k) plan, paid vacation and sick days, and the option to participate in a group health insurance plan. Opportunities for advancement and additional training are also available.

Additional Qualifications

The NELC Paralegal/Administrator must have grit, determination, a strong sense of justice, and a healthy sense of humor. Qualified applicants will also have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to debate and speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and the ability to think creatively and work independently. Candidates for this position must have at least a college degree. Relevant professional experience post-college is a plus. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, legal, journalistic, or government settings. A science background is helpful. An advanced degree, such as a master’s in a related field, may count toward a candidate's professional experience. A minimum two-year commitment is required.

How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to nelc@nelconline.org.

Specify which position you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail, and be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised.



Summer Legal Internship

The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is a nonprofit environmental litigation group. NELC's litigation project was founded to take enforcement action against the nation's worst polluters. On behalf of citizen-plaintiff organizations, NELC obtains court orders to stop illegal discharges of pollutants and secures major penalties against violators of environmental laws. Money from fines and settlements is often directed to local environmental projects in and around affected areas.

Boston, MA

Qualifications & Internship Description
Law student interns should possess initiative, excellent writing and research skills, good judgment, and a commitment to environmental protection. Interns perform legal research and writing on a variety of assignments ranging from substantive environmental law topics to evidentiary and procedural issues, in support of both ongoing litigation and the preparation of amicus briefs. Interns also assist in factual research, development of litigation strategy, maintenance of case files, and production and review of documents and legal filings.

Internships last for ten weeks, beginning in June. Flexibility, comfort in working in a campaign-style office, the capacity for outrage, and a sense of humor are mandatory.

Salary and Benefits
A modest stipend may be available for interns unable to obtain funding from their law school or other sources.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, a resume, and a brief writing sample to:


44 Winter St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617.747.4346
Fax: 617.292.8057

We begin accepting applications in November and make decisions on a rolling basis. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to all candidates.

The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation or veteran status.