Paralegal / Graduate – Project Data Tracker

Australia Wide

  • Location: Australia wide – You will be based out of one of our EDO offices under our flexible working arrangements. See our list of office locations.
  • Term: This position is a 12-month fixed term contract (possible extension based on funding).
  • Part-time: 3-5 days per week (22.5 – 37.5 hours)
  • Remuneration: SCHADS Level 2: FTE $57-62,750 + 10% super + 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply

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 for more information on our work.

Read the full position description.

The Opportunity

We are seeking to employ an in-house Project Data Tracker to expand the range of advice we can provide to our team of solicitors and clients. You will work closely with the Head of Legal Education and a small team.

This is a national role that will be responsible for identifying proposals for new fossil fuel projects with significant greenhouse gas emissions, and for tracking the assessment and approval processes for those projects. You will be responsible for maintaining this information in our purpose-built database, which will be used to support the work of our Safe Climate and Healthy Environment and Justice teams and provide information to community members and organisations interested in working to ensure a safe climate.

The Project Data Tracker will require an understanding of the legal framework for assessing fossil fuel projects in different jurisdictions and be able to identify, collect and maintain data on individual projects as they move through the assessment process. Experience in the use of and website data management is highly desirable.

Selection Criteria

  • A degree in law, natural resource management, or a related discipline.
  • A good understanding the legal framework for the assessment of fossil fuel projects across relevant jurisdictions.
  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Competence establishing and maintaining databases, registers, and other electronic and hard-copy records.
  • Competence engaging with affected communities to ensure they know about the proposals and their opportunities to have a say.


  • Experience in the use of and website data management
  • Good communication skills that can be used to inform both lawyers and clients.
  • 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.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • 15 Days Personal/carer’s leave.
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period.
  • Access to EAP.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • EDO proudly has a JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion), and a Mental Health Ambassador Committee, and is developing 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.

All offers of employment are 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 welcome 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 1 November. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] with “Paralegal / Graduate – Project Data Tracker” in the subject line.