This is a rare opportunity for a project-based lawyer to deliver real benefits for communities and climate. This role will deliver a key climate justice project within EDO’s Healthy Environment and Justice Program, examining the impact of fossil fuel emissions and ICE vehicles, and the community health benefits of a more rapid transition away from fossil fuels transportation.
- Location: Australia wide remote working available – Sydney or Canberra based preferred
- Term: 12 months with possibility of extension
- Full-time (0.8 FTE will be considered for the right applicant)
- Remuneration: SCHADS Level 6: FTE $98,750-102,450 + 10.5% super + 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply
Job title: Senior Solicitor
Reporting to: Managing Lawyer, ACT
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.
We are dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running ground-breaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy. Over our 30-year combined history we’ve developed a formidable track record of empowering communities and delivering effective protection of the environment through legal services.
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.
This role will deliver a key climate justice project within EDO’s Healthy Environment and Justice Program, examining the impact of fossil fuel emissions and ICE vehicles, and the community health benefits of a more rapid transition away from fossil fuels transportation. It is a rare opportunity for a project-based lawyer to deliver real benefits for communities and climate.
It is an opportunity to apply your litigation and regulatory skills creatively and innovatively, work with affected communities to achieve better health outcomes and lead thinking on public health frameworks and the environment.
We are looking for a lawyer with strong understanding of legislative and regulatory frameworks, ability to read and interpret scientific data and work collaboratively with communities and partners. This project will include working with our Scientific and Advisory Service, key partners and communities. The preferred candidate would benefit from a background in litigation and project delivery.
You are a senior lawyer with a litigation background looking for an opportunity to use your experience to lead our work on public health and transport, as part of EDO’s human rights focussed legal program.
Lawyers who think outside the box and want a chance to think creatively about delivering systemic change are strongly encouraged to apply.
You will have or be entitled to an unrestricted practising certificate, and 5 years + PAE working as a lawyer with demonstrated litigation experience. This position represents an opportunity to deliver on human rights, climate change and the environment and offer a high level of autonomy.
You want to work at the intersect of climate justice, human rights and the environment and want an opportunity to make an impact for peoples and nature.
Key selection criteria:
- An unrestricted practicing certificate or entitlement to one
- 5 + years PAE highly desirable
- Demonstrated experience in administrative, human rights, or environmental law and/or related disciplines desirable
- Strong problem-solving skills and ability to make sound judgements and decisions based on consideration of different views
- Demonstrated ability to work productively and to deadlines
- Excellent oral and written communication skills suited to a range of audiences
- Demonstrated litigation experience in administrative or environmental law and/or related disciplines
- Capacity to undertake law reform or policy, experience desirable
- Demonstrated experience working with First Nations people or diverse communities and individuals highly desirable
Personal qualities and cultural competency
- A champion of the EDO values
- Strong initiative and self-motivation
- Commitment to the promotion of human rights and the environment
- A strong sense of ethics and understanding of professional obligations
- Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of First Nations and peoples from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations in both the delivery of our work and our internal culture
- Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and team-based environment
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 Program with the aid of indigenous-led consultancies.
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 particularly encourages applications from Pacific Island people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people living 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 Monday, 26 September 2022. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] with ‘Application for position of Senior Solicitor, HEJ . in the subject line.