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Employer:  The Environmental Law Institute.
Categories:  Legal/Env. Law
Job Type:  Full Time
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  DC - District of Columbia
City:  Washington
Salary:  $30,000-$35,000
Job Description: 

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading center of environmental research, policy, analysis, and training in the United States. Founded in 1969, ELI plays a pivotal role in the evolution of environmental law, management, and policy both in the United States and abroad. Support for the Institute comes from a mix of law firm, corporate, government, academic, and individual members as well as grants from private foundations, companies, and government agencies.

For more than two decades, the bi-monthly National Wetlands Newsletter (NWN) has been serving the wetland community as the best source of accurate, timely, and in-depth coverage of wetland regulation, policy, science, and management. Recent issues discussed mitigation banking, new Supreme Court rulings, biodiversity and endangered species, sea level rise and climate change, challenges for restoration, and restoration of Gulf Coast wetlands after Katrina.


ELI seeks an energetic, self-starting, highly motivated individual to be the NWN editor. The NWN editor is responsible for soliciting and editing articles as well as laying out and producing the journal using InDesign and Photoshop. The editor writes summaries of recent litigation and activities in Congress as well as the editor’s note. The editor is responsible for finding innovative ways to expand NWN subscriptions and for raising funds to support NWN. The NWN editor is also responsible for updating the NWN website. 

This individual will also be responsible for managing the annual National Wetlands Awards (NWA) program. The National Wetlands Awards honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to conservation and restoration of wetlands. The Awardees are honored at a ceremony held in May on Capitol Hill. The NWA coordinator is responsible for securing continued financial support for the program, which includes preparing proposals and submitting reports to donors, coordinating the nomination and selection process for the NWA winners, and overseeing logistics for the Awards ceremony. The coordinator is also responsible for updating the NWA website and seeking opportunities to increase recognition of the program within and beyond the wetlands community.

The position is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) position with excellent benefits and vacation package.


(1) superior writing and editing skills; (2) strong understanding of wetlands science, policy, and law; (3) excellent organizational and communication skills; (4) self-motivation and creativity; and (5) excellent ability to engage and communicate with constituents and the public. Experience with InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

Salary: $30,000-$35,000,  with excellent benefits, depending upon experience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system (click the Apply Now button). To be considered, your submission must include the completed online form, together with the following uploaded materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current resume; and (3) a list of references. Your cover letter should address your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in carrying out the duties outlined above.

Applications must be submitted to ELI no later than January 31, 2014. Please note: you must use ELI’s online application system. ELI is unable to consider applications submitted by email, U.S. mail, or hand delivery; nor can late applications be considered. No phone calls, please.  Please send an email to if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions.


The Environmental Law Institute is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and to achieving an inclusive, diverse workplace that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


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