Location: Sydney, open to candidates Australia-wide

Experience: Legal administrator

Term: On-going

Job type: Full time (1.0 FTE)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply

The opportunity:

As EDO enters an exciting period of growth, we have a new opportunity for an experienced legal administrator to support our International Program and NSW Practice Teams.

You will be an integral member of the International Program and the NSW Healthy Environment and Justice teams, under the direction of the respective Managing Lawyers. You will play a key role in ensuring the effective and efficient management of advice and litigation files. You will also support and contribute to the administration of EDO’s busy Sydney office.

EDO’s International Program is focused on PNG and the Pacific region, working with local partners to provide specialist environmental law assistance to indigenous and local communities. EDO’s Healthy Environment and Justice team works to deliver systemic change for vulnerable communities in NSW and advance environmental justice.

Your days will be varied – from preparing and managing legal documents, and ensuring legal databases are kept up-to-date, to supporting the legal volunteer program, and assisting with more general administrative support needed in the office.

Candidate profile:

We are looking for a skilled legal administrator, with a commitment to attention to detail and accuracy, who can problem solve and work on their own initiative. You will need to be enthusiastic, and flexible, with a high level of computer competency, and familiarity with court processes and legal document management systems.

At a personal level you will be comfortable working with diverse communities, and a team player, working collaboratively in a distributed team environment.

You are:

  • An experienced legal administrator, or have similar administrative experience in a busy office environment
  • Passionate. About environmental justice and about the environment.
  • A people person. You have the confidence to liaise with clients, barristers, and others.
  • Motivated. You’ve got get up and go. You’re going to take ownership of new this role and truly make a difference.


  • The chance to be part of the largest environmental legal practice in the Australia-Pacific.
  • A flexible and family-friendly workplace.
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.

About us:

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the leading environmental law practice in the Australia Pacific Region delivering legal solutions for peoples, nature and our climate. We have a big vision which is a world where nature thrives. We’ve got big ambition about the role we can play in delivering that vision and we’ve got an incredible team across the country working to achieve it.

In 2020 we underwent a 12-month period of rapid growth and change following the merger of the pre-existing eight Environmental Defenders Offices located across Australia. And, of course, like all organisations we have had to learn to work in a world changed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the region’s legal experts in our field, we aim to be a brave, unified, and focused team, committed to inclusion and excellence in all that we do. We strive to be a diverse and inclusive workplace supporting a highly skilled, engaged, and effective team, where everyone can feel that they belong.

Our Values:

Commitment – We are committed to; a united organisation, to each other, to collaboration, to justice, to our communities and to creating a world where nature thrives.

Diversity – We are respectful of and welcome diversity of staff, volunteers, offices, environmental regions, communities, stakeholders.

Integrity – We work effectively, efficiently, strategically, professionally, and ethically; “justice is in our nature”.

Visionary – We lead change and environmental empowerment using innovation, creativity, and courage.

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] with ‘Application for position of Legal Administrator in the subject line.

Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information, contact Bronwyn Bell via email at [email protected].

Applications close midday, 23 March 2021.