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Staff Attorney

Western Watersheds Project seeks a Tenth Circuit Staff Attorney to bring litigation in the interests of protecting and restoring western watersheds and wildlife, particularly focused on the impacts of livestock grazing.  The Staff Attorney’s cases will primarily be filed within states in the Tenth Circuit, representing WWP and allies in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. The position will involve administrative appeals and litigation of federal and/or state agency decisions, oversight of agency planning processes, media outreach, and advising program staff on legal issues.  Some limited legislative advocacy may also be required. The staff attorney should be highly organized, a strategic thinker, self-motivated, be able to synthesize and understand ecological and legal concepts, and have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Review federal and state agency decisions regarding public lands and wildlife, evaluate potential legal claims, and prepare litigation memoranda;
  • Represent WWP (and potentially ally groups as well) in litigation, particularly in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah;
  • Represent WWP at public meetings or hearings;
  • Participate in legislative and policy strategy development as directed;
  • Participate in media outreach opportunities including press releases, op-eds, position statements, newsletter articles, and blog posts;
  • Regularly participate in conference calls, both internal WWP staff calls and calls among co-plaintiffs and other allies;
  • Attend trainings, conferences, and workshops as directed;
  • Comply with WWP’s policies, including commitments towards progress in the realms of diversity, equity, and social justice;
  • Visit public lands to better understand habitat conditions and management of the places we work.



  • Desire to make a difference in protecting native species and public lands from livestock grazing impacts;
  • Affinity for and knowledge of remote and rugged areas in the West;
  • J.D. required, with a background in environmental law and policy preferred;
  • Admitted to the bar and in a 10th Circuit state, and willingness to seek admission to additional state bars within the Tenth Circuit as necessary;
  • Environmental litigation experience preferred;
  • Strong legal research, writing, and oral communications skills, including skill at writing legal briefs and memoranda and presenting oral arguments before courts;
  • Experience reviewing agency decisions and knowledge of agency decision-making processes;
  • Highly organized and experienced in researching applicable case law and pore through official documents to glean important evidence;
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team;
  • Willing to ask for help when necessary and be willing to initiate hard conversations;
  • Kindness and a sense of humor.


Position may be located in any state where WWP operates (Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana).

The Staff Attorney position is a full-time, benefitted position within WWP, with a competitive salary starting at $67,600 plus bonuses.

WWP is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We welcome applicants with diverse lived experiences and willingness to bring their understanding to the work and the organization.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references (including contact information), and a legal writing sample, in a single .pdf file, to by August 5th, 2022.



Students and other interested professionals should consider internship opportunities with Western Watersheds Project.  Interns gain unique experience with a variety of conservation issues and activities including opportunity to be involved monitoring public lands and wildlife habitat, engaging various administrative efforts, learning about environmental legal programs, and a variety of other efforts.  More often-than-not, interns are encouraged to identify particular disciplines/passions of interest and are given the guidance and tools necessary to make a positive difference on the ground themselves !


Western Watersheds Project welcomes the support of active members and volunteers who are ready to engage public land and wildlife management agencies and insist on protection and restoration of western watersheds and wildlife.

Much of Western Watersheds Project’s success is attributable to our active membership and volunteers.  Often, it is a member or volunteer who brings to Western Watersheds Project’s attention a problem or issue with public land and wildlife management.  Similarly, it is often a member or volunteer who is in the best position to help.

If you are interested or concerned about a problem with livestock grazing on public lands in your area, contact Western Watersheds Project to learn more about what you can do to help.

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