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Staff Attorney

Job Location

Boise, Idaho


Type of Job



$88,000 - $108, 000

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Published Date

Feb 2, 2024

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February 1, 2024



Advocates for the West seeks a Staff Attorney with 1 to 4 years legal experience and a passion for the environment to join our talented team working to protect the American West through strategic litigation and legal advocacy.


About Advocates for the West

Advocates for the West is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with offices and staff in Oregon and Colorado. Founded in 2003, we provide free legal counseling and representation to a wide array of conservation groups, Native American Tribes, and individuals, primarily in federal court litigation.


We work in eleven western states, handling dozens of cases each year with an overall 85% success rate. Our current docket is focused on fighting public lands oil and gas leasing; protecting sage-grouse habitat throughout the Interior West; saving the Pacific Northwest’s salmon, steelhead, and other imperiled fish; defending special places stretching from the coast of California to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and national forests in northern Washington to the borderlands of Arizona; and protecting communities from mining and pollution.


Learn more about our work and organization at


Position Description

The Staff Attorney will initially support the Boise legal staff in pending and upcoming cases challenging industrial developments that threaten key habitats for signature species we have long defended, including the greater sage-grouse, salmon, and steelhead.

A major area of the Staff Attorney’s immediate caseload will be working with the Nez Perce Tribe and conservation clients fighting proposed mining, logging, and other threats in Idaho. Another major area will be challenging oil and gas development throughout the inter-mountain West, including in key sage-grouse habitats.

Over the longer term, the Staff Attorney will be expected to develop a portfolio of new cases in conjunction with our legal team and key clients/partners.


Position Responsibilities

Legal (90%)

  • Support successful prosecution of public interest environmental litigation, including litigation tasks ranging from research, drafting pleadings and briefs, and presenting oral arguments.
  • Participate in development of new cases, fostering client relationships, and setting legal strategies.
  • Perform other associated tasks such as Freedom of Information Act requests, administrative appeals, counseling clients, and working with scientific experts.

Development, Outreach, and Communications (5%)

  • Provide case updates and written content for fundraising and communication efforts.
  • Participate in events, donor cultivation, public presentations, and media outreach.

Other (5%)

  • Attend staff meetings, retreats, and trainings, and participate on committees.
  • Perform other required administrative tasks.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

Advocates for the West seeks a Staff Attorney with broad knowledge of federal and state environmental laws, and 1 to 4 years of relevant litigation experience post law school. Judicial clerkships are highly desired.

The attorney must have a J.D. and be (or become) admitted to a relevant state bar(s). Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team, and have excellent litigation skills, including legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Applicants with demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred.

Advocates for the West is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice both in the workplace and in our relationships with clients and partners in the communities we serve. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Advocates for the West is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status, religion, and socioeconomic background.



The position is in our Boise ID office. We will consider remote work options.



Advocates for the West offers a competitive compensation package and flexible work environment. The salary range for this full-time position is $88,000 to $108,000, depending on experience. We also offer discretionary annual bonus and employer retirement plan contributions. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance, disability insurance, pre-tax medical savings plan, and generous vacation and leave policies, plus a sabbatical program after seven years’ employment. All Advocates for the West employees have access to professional development opportunities relevant to their position and career goals.


To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample, and three references to with the subject “Staff Attorney”. Please combine the cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references into a single PDF attachment titled “LastName.FirstName.” Preference will be given to candidates who apply by February 29, 2024. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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