Senior Solicitor (International Program)

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺

The Environmental Defenders Office Ltd. (EDO NSW) is a specialist public interest environmental law organisation. Our mission is to help the community protect the environment through the law.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a tenacious and ambitious litigator to work strategically with international and regional players to take on some of the biggest environmental issues facing our Pacific Island partners:  illegal logging, deep sea bed mining and climate change.

The role is a Senior Solicitor position with our International Program. Our International Program is focused on strengthening public interest environmental law capacity in the Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. This involves working hand in hand with lawyers in the Pacific to run cases in local courts, improve policy and law, and conduct community outreach training. It also requires collaborating with international donors, environmental lawyers, journalists and human rights organisations to maximise the impact of our work. 

The position is part of a 5 year program with an international donor ending in 2022. It is initially a 12 month contract position with the possibility of extension depending on funding and organisational needs. It is a full time position but proposals to work part time will be considered. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to obtain further information on the work of EDO NSW from our website

Salary: $81,000 – $86,000 (depending on experience) plus super and leave loading. EDO NSW also offers generous working conditions including flexible working hours.

Selection criteria


  • 3 to 5 years post admission litigation experience, with at least 2 years practicing in environmental law, administrative law, civil enforcement and/or criminal enforcement
  • An unrestricted practising certificate in NSW and/or Papua New Guinea, or the ability to obtain practising certificates in these jurisdictions
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • The ability to work with limited supervision on advice and casework, including litigation
  • Experience in supervising legal staff
  • Capacity to develop own practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good relationships with clients and partners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate clearly in plain English
  • Commitment to the protection of the environment and public interest environmental law 


  • Tertiary qualification in international development or a related discipline and/or demonstrated interest in aid and development issues.
  • Cross cultural experience, in particular experience working with organisations based in the Pacific or in developing countries.
  • Understanding of policy and law reform and community outreach issues and ability to undertake related work.
  • Experience in program management, including fundraising and donor management, budgeting, contract drafting and negotiation.

A full position description is available below.

How to apply for this job

Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Solicitor – International Program application via EthicalJobs. Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications close 10am, Monday, June 11, 2018.

For further information, contact BJ Kim, International Program Manager, on 02 9262 6989 or via email at [email protected].