Methane Attorney

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Program Overview

The U.S. Clean Air team envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We are dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all. The U.S. Clean Air team works out of the Washington, D.C., and Boulder, CO offices. 

Our Attorneys work on litigation over greenhouse gas regulation and regulation of health-harming pollutants, legal and technical comments and public testimony on major rulemakings, and legal and policy analysis to support protections for low-income and frontline communities from air pollution. Attorneys work in a high-intensity, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting to formulate and implement strategies, laws, and policies.


Overall Function

The Attorney will work in collaboration with attorneys and policy experts on EDF’s U.S. Clean Air team, as well as other colleagues across the organization, with a focus on federal advocacy to reduce climate-destabilizing methane emissions and local air pollution from the oil and natural gas sector.


Key Responsibilities

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

• Conduct legal and factual research on climate and clean air issues.

• Draft litigation filings and administrative comments advocating for public health and environmental protections.

• Coordinate advocacy efforts across internal and external stakeholders.

• Evaluate the health and environmental implications of potential policies and provide recommendations for action.

• Represent EDF in litigation and in public-facing advocacy, including hearings before government agencies.

• Support environmental justice initiatives, particularly related to the use of the Clean Air Act to reduce pollution in   overburdened communities.

• Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included,   and empowered to address environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

• Provide other support to the team’s litigation efforts and regulatory advocacy.



• Law graduate admitted to state bar.

• 2-5 years of experience practicing law, with a background in environmental and administrative law.

• Excellent legal research skills.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to collect, analyze, and apply data.

• Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external allies.

• Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.

• Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment. Able to  prioritize and be flexible.

• Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in environmental law and policy work, and relevant experience.

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.