Staff Attorney (CO)

Location: Denver, CO
Supervisor: Managing Attorney, Denver
Salary: $80,000 - $85,000


This position requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience.  Primary emphasis is on litigating cases under federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and helping to develop and advance Defenders’ conservation policies. 


  • Litigate cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act and other federal statutes

  • Develop innovative litigation strategies and cases to protect imperiled wildlife species, to conserve wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems in the face of global warming, and to ensure conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands

  • Actively participate in the development and advancement of Defenders' conservation policy goals

  • Advise staff on legal questions and legislative matters

  • Perform all other work related duties as assigned.


  • Education:  Juris Doctor degree, admitted to at least one state bar

  • Experience:  4+ years of litigation experience

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Other:

  • Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills

  • Working knowledge of federal natural resources, public lands, and wildlife conservation laws

  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy, environmental protection and natural resources conservation


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet..


Interested applicants please reference Staff Attorney position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest along with your resume to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. 

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.