Website National Environmental Law Center


The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is a non-profit research and litigation center dedicated to enforcing the nation’s environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act.  NELC has a proven track record of bringing corporate and government polluters to justice, and provides essential legal representation to affected communities and citizen groups in environmental enforcement suits.  NELC is based in Boston and has a west coast office in Seattle.

 Job Description

NELC’s paralegal is an important member of the litigation team, and is responsible for:

  • Performing factual research into topics such as industry compliance with environmental laws (often involving record requests to government agencies) and the environmental and health effects of particular pollutants;
  • Analyzing compliance records to identify violators, and writing analyses assessing the viability of potential lawsuits;
  • Creating spreadsheets tracking pollutant emissions and permit violations;
  • Helping to prepare motions and other case-related documents for filing in federal court;
  • Managing litigation software and document databases, and learning to perform basic legal research;
  • Assisting with depositions and trial work;
  • Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local, state, and national environmental organizations and citizen groups;
  • Communicating with witnesses and with members of the organizations NELC represents in litigation;
  • Preparing and tracking NELC’s budget and business plan;
  • Coordinating and creating content for website updates, newsletters, and other publications;
  • Administering NELC’s Boston office. 


Boston, MA

Pay and Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $29,000-$31,000 in the first year. NELC offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Additional Qualifications

The NELC Paralegal/Administrator must be a motivated self-starter, and must have grit, determination, a strong sense of justice, and a healthy sense of humor.  Qualified applicants will also have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to debate and speak persuasively, and the ability to think creatively and work independently. Candidates for this position must have at least an undergraduate college degree.


A minimum two-year commitment to the position is required, beginning in the summer of 2022.

How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (up to 10 pages) to

Specify the position you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail, and be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised.

The National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is an equal opportunity employer.

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