Staff Attorney

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Salt Lake City, UT


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Published Date

May 12, 2021

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The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), Utah’s largest conservation organization, has an immediate opening in its Salt Lake City office for a staff attorney.


SUWA’s mission is to defend and protect the wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau and in Utah’s West Desert. (Read more here).

Interested applicants should send the following materials to Steve Bloch at a cover letter, resume, transcript, 3-5 page independent writing sample, and 3 references. Please direct questions to this email address as well. The deadline to submit an application is May 21, 2021.


Job Description:


The staff attorney is a litigation position with a docket that includes national monument defense, energy development, off-road vehicles, Quiet Title Act/R.S. 2477, and vegetation removal.  The staff attorney works closely with other program staff in SUWA’s Salt Lake, Moab and Washington, D.C. offices and is supervised by the legal director.  Qualifications include:

  • 5-10 years of litigation experience.
  • Admission to practice law in Utah, admission to another state bar and the ability to transfer into the Utah bar, or willingness to sit for the next available Utah bar exam.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the protection of public lands and familiarity with relevant federal environmental and public lands-themed laws and regulations.
  • An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Anticipated start date: July 2021.

Salary range: DOE. SUWA provides vacation, holiday and sick leave; health insurance; retirement benefits; and disability. Relocation reimbursement provided.


SUWA is committed to the idea that our commonalities greatly outweigh our differences, and that the redrock is for everyone. Our mission is to protect the redrock for the wonder and enjoyment of all future generations, both human and non-human alike.


The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes, including those that were forcibly removed at the hands of the U.S. government in an effort to exterminate their cultures, languages, and ways of life. These injustices are still felt today, but the quest to erase the Tribes failed: indigenous communities continue their traditions and remain an integral part of the landscape and our community. We are committed to working toward understanding this history; to expanding present-day common ground, collaboration, and reconciliation with our Tribal neighbors; and to advocating that Tribes receive a seat at the table when others would exclude them.


The environmental movement has a regrettable history of excluding and oppressing marginalized people. We know that the redrock, humanity, and the future of the planet itself depend on working together to solve our greatest common threat: the climate crisis. As we face the challenges of the 21st century head-on, we recognize we can only do so by including, involving, and elevating Tribes, communities of color, people of diverse economic backgrounds, faith communities, the LGBTQ+ community, and the tapestry of experience that weaves together our common humanity. We are committed to doing this both within our staff and through our daily work to protect the redrock.


SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.