Nuclear Energy Legal Fellow


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is looking for an attorney to join the Nuclear Program team in our Washington, DC office as a two-year Legal Fellow. The Fellow will bring expertise, diligence, and conviction to some of our major legal projects concerning nuclear waste and associated cleanup uranium recovery and its environmental impacts, reactor safety and regulation, the role of nuclear power in energy policies addressing climate change, and the environmental and non-proliferation impacts of the nuclear fuel cycle, including the environmental impacts of testing nuclear weapons. Working cross-functionally with a top team of lawyers, analysts, and advocates, the Fellow will contribute to NRDC's strategic direction for a clean energy future that addresses the problem of climate change while supporting healthy people and thriving communities.


  • Litigating before federal and agency courts.
  • Authoring and contributing to NRDC statements before federal and state legislative bodies. 
  • Commenting on agency rulemaking proceedings. 


  • Required
    • J.D. and minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience
    • Ability to work effectively with moderate supervision while positively communicating and contributing to a team environment 
    • Excellent writing and persuasive verbal communication skills 
    • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple work streams
  • Desirable
    • Experience working with some aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle
    • Direct advocacy and policy experience before courts or legislatures

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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