• Location: Sydney. In exceptional circumstances, interstate applications will be considered. 
  • Term: This position is a 12-month fixed term contract (possible extension based on funding). 
  • Part-time: 3 days per week (22.5 hours) 
  • Remuneration: SCHADS Level 2: FTE $60-65,750 + 10.5% super + 17.5% Annual Leave Loading 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply 

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The organisation

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running ground breaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy.

We are an accredited community legal service and a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that uses the law to protect and defend Australia’s wildlife, people and places. 

See our website for more information on our exciting, cutting-edge legal work.

The opportunity

We are seeking to employ an in-house Paralegal / Graduate – Citizen Representation Program (CRP) to expand the range of advice we can provide to our team of solicitors and clients. You will work closely with the Managing Lawyer and a small team. 

Fantastic opportunity for a criminal law student or graduate to join our Citizen Representation program, providing specialist legal advice and information about the laws that regulate protest activities concerning the environment and legal representation to those who have been charged with criminal offences arising from their participation in such activities.

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running ground-breaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy.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.

Key selection criteria

  • A degree in criminal law or studying criminal law. 
  • A good understanding of criminal law, process and procedure. 
  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills .
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills and ability to work independently.


  • Experience in the use of Monday.com and website data management.  
  • Experience maintaining client files and compiling court materials.
  • Commitment to EDO values. 

Our culture and benefits

  • We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected, and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or life stage.
  • The chance to be part of the largest environmental legal practice in the Australia-Pacific
  • A very flexible and family-friendly workplace
  • Option to work from home and the office
  • 8 weeks paid parental leave, regardless of gender or carer status 
  • 15 days personal/carer’s leave   
  • 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave 
  • 3 days paid cultural leave  
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities
  • EDO proudly has a JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion) Committee and a Mental Health Ambassador Committee, and has developed a First Nations Indigenous Peoples Program with the aid of indigenous-led consultancies.

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”. 

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

How to apply

All offers of employment may be subject to satisfactory background checks including a National Police Check, disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action, referee checks, proof of eligibility to work in Australia and qualification checks. 

EDO welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. 

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. Applications close on 8 August 2022. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] with “Paralegal / Graduate – Criminal Law” in the subject line.