Litigation Program Assistant

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  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 – a force for nature – work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC’s Litigation Team seeks a Litigation Assistant to work in its New York office. The Litigation Team is a group of approximately thirty attorneys and six paralegals/litigation assistants who work out of and collaborate across several NRDC offices. The Team pursues litigation across a broad range of environmental, public health, and environmental justice issues. For example, the Team has brought lawsuits resisting the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle environmental protections, including cases defending National Monuments and challenging the suspension of the Clean Water Rule. In recent years, the Team has also brought cases to safeguard the people of Flint, Michigan from continued exposure to lead in drinking water; remediate toxic pollution in the Penobscot River; and abate mold in New York City public housing for residents with asthma. The Litigation Assistants provide administrative and litigation support for Litigation Team attorneys, and collaborate with the Litigation Assistants in the other offices that support branches of the Litigation Team.

Administrative support duties include:

Processing invoices and expense reports, and maintaining detailed budget trackers
Proofreading, formatting, copying, scanning, mailing, and faxing documents
Assisting in hiring and orienting interns
Scheduling meetings, booking travel, and organizing retreats
Assisting other Litigation Team Assistants and office Program Assistants as needed

Litigation support duties include:

Drafting and editing legal correspondence
Preparing, proofreading, and fact-checking documents for court filings and assisting with filing and service
Researching and summarizing court rules
Maintaining extensive case files (electronic, hard copy, and archived off-site)
Conducting factual research to advance existing and develop new cases
Reviewing documents produced by other parties in litigation
Interviewing NRDC members and drafting declarations related to pending litigation

Bachelor’s degree required
One year of previous administrative or paralegal experience (or equivalent) preferred
Ability to perform or quickly learn tasks such as those listed above
Ability to prioritize and efficiently execute multiple tasks, follow institutional procedures, and work independently with meticulous attention to detail
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Superior editing, research, and data synthesis skills
Commitment to accuracy and rigor
Ability to maintain composure and sense of humor under deadline pressure
Willingness and flexibility to work overtime
Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discreetly with sensitive information
High proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
Minimum two-year commitment strongly preferred
The deadline is May 15, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply soon.

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.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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