Attorney, Climate Clean Air and Equity

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

The Attorney will develop and implement strategies on complex legal and policies matters to reduce climate and health harming pollution and to enhance equity, with a focus on pollution from the transportation sector. The Attorney will work with a team of EDF attorneys, legal fellows, interns, and other experts, to support, advance and defend clean car and truck standards, including recently finalized EPA standards for model year 2023 vehicles, long-term standards for passenger vehicles, and multi-pollutant standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.  The Attorney will also help support and defend state clean car authority and protective state clean car and truck standards.  In carrying out this work, the Attorney will work to enhance key team priorities, including DEIJ and environmental justice efforts, and help to develop and strengthen strategic partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. 




This position can be based out of our Washington, D.C. or Boulder, CO offices, with remote geographic flexibility for the right candidate.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategies to secure and defend equitable policies to reduce climate and health-harming pollution.
  • Represent EDF in litigation related to these efforts to secure and defend protections to reduce climate and health-harming pollution.
  • Strengthen progress on DEIJ and environmental justice.
  • Assist in supporting a team made up of attorneys , legal fellows and external consultants.
  • Support EDF’s engagement with external stakeholders to advance progress on key issues, including by engaging with the media to build support for policies among the general public and target audiences.
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • Law degree
  • Active Bar membership.
  • At least 4+ years professional experience in the practice area and a history of achieving policy reforms through litigation, administrative advocacy, and legislative efforts.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the Clean Air Act and administrative law.
  • Appellate litigation experience preferred.
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated ability to enhance the team’s and EDF’s DEIJ and environmental justice efforts, including experience working in diverse partnerships.
  • Ability to represent EDF in litigation, before senior government officials, and in external partnerships.
  • Experience and interest in managing and mentoring law students and early-career attorneys.
  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills and ability to convey complex ideas in written and oral communication.
  • Results-oriented self-starter with ability to work on fast-paced, deadline-driven, dynamic issues.
  • Ability to adapt plans and strategies in response to new events and information.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 92,000 - 100,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.