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Environmental Advocacy Extern

Job Location

Washington, D.C.


Type of Job



For credit, unpaid.

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Published Date

Nov 14, 2022

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Do you want to make a difference protecting and restoring the abundance of the oceans? Oceana’s Legal Department is looking for an Environmental Advocacy Extern to work closely with the Senior Counsel and Staff Attorney. The Environmental Advocacy Extern position will provide the law student with first-hand opportunity to experience how in-house lawyers support the environmental advocacy needs of several campaigns in Oceana’s headquarters. You may be asked to support strategic litigation; analyze legislation; perform research on legal matters related to Oceana’s campaigns; or otherwise support the environmental advocacy work of Oceana. The position is based in Washington, D.C. We are seeking a law school student in their 2L or 3L year, who is pursuing a law degree (Juris Doctor (J.D.)) or a lawyer pursuing an LL.M. degree, who has a demonstrated interest in environmental law. The position is for externs seeking law school credit in an externship program or work-study program.


Come join a dedicated team of professionals who are working to protect our oceans and marine wildlife while also enhancing the capacity of the oceans to feed a growing world population. Oceana’s in-house Legal Department supports Oceana’s campaigns, which focus on reducing ocean plastics, promoting responsible fishing; stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; protecting at risk marine species, such as the North Atlantic right whale and sharks; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.


Founded in 2001, Oceana is the world’s largest ocean advocacy organization focused solely on restoring the resilience, diversity, and abundance of marine ecosystems to ensure that our oceans are a significant source of wild-caught fish that can help feed the world. We achieve measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Our campaigns extend to countries that, combined, govern nearly one-third of the world’s wild-caught fish, including Belize, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the 27 countries in the European Union.


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Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.


Note: Oceana requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination against Covid. Accommodation for new hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may contact Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.


Oceana's US offices have operated on a hybrid schedule and staff have been required to work from their assigned office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. With agreement between the employee and their supervisor, the employee may work from home Monday and Friday. Oceana continually evaluates safety protocols and updates our practices on an ongoing basis based on the CDC community level color coding system of green, yellow and red.

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