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 have a fantastic opportunity to join the EDO’s national biodiversity legal practice to use your legal skills to provide legal advice, representation and education to clients to achieve EDO’s strategic outcomes, with a specific focus on protecting biodiversity.

The Biodiversity Team is part of our national Systemic Change Program and the position reports to the Managing Lawyer, Biodiversity.

EDO is a diverse and inclusive workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Key selection criteria
Core skills

  • Holds or entitled to an unrestricted practicing certificate and a minimum of 2 years PAE working as a litigation solicitor, 3 + years PAE and experience in administrative and/or environmental law highly desirable
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to make sound judgments and decisions based on consideration of different views
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and to deadlines, and good file management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills suited to a range of audiences, including plain English communications with members of the public

Substantive experience

  • Knowledge of and experience with environmental law and/or related disciplines including administrative law.
  • Demonstrated litigation experience in environmental law and/or related disciplines including administrative law, including the capacity to have carriage of legal proceedings
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities and individuals highly desirable
  • Capacity to engage in law reform and community legal education

Personal qualities and cultural competency

  • A champion of the agreed values of the EDO

How to Apply

Potential applicants are required to address the selection criteria, provide evidence of qualifications (CV), and are encouraged to obtain further information on the work of EDO from our website. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information about the position contact the Director, Legal Strategy by email at [email protected].

Applications close on Friday 30 October at midday. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] with ‘Application for position of Solicitor, Biodiversity’ in the subject line.


Position Description – Solicitor

Key responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice, representation and education to clients on public interest environmental law issues and disputes relating to biodiversity.
  • Conduct litigation, policy and law reform, and outreach to achieve EDO’s strategic outcomes.
  • Comply with EDO’s policies and procedures, and legal obligations.
  • Deliver legal services in a culturally competent manner and work with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Supervise the work of volunteers who undertake tasks such as legal research, document preparation, etc.


  • Provide legal advice and representation to the public on a wide range of legal matters relevant to biodiversity.
  • Have carriage of litigation undertaken in Australia.
  • Undertake public education and outreach, including developing online resources and fact sheets, and the conduct of workshops or seminars with a focus on outreach related to biodiversity.
  • Engage in law reform related to environmental law and policy in biodiversity, including participating in government policy processes and by developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Comply with professional obligations.
  • Participate in and support EDO fundraising.


All staff have a responsibility to:

  • develop and maintain a good knowledge of the EDO’s role and policies
  • represent the EDO in a positive and effective manner
  • attend, and contribute actively and constructively at staff meetings
  • maintain appropriate records, assist with office administration, such as files, computer and precedent systems
  • seek opportunities for personal and professional development, particularly related to the team and position’s specific areas of responsibility
  • respond to requests by clients and fellow staff in a knowledgeable, professional, constructive and respectful manner
  • provide accurate and timely data and information for reporting, fundraising and communications purposes.