Year-Round Virginia Legal Intern (Unpaid)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. (CBF) the Mid-Atlantic's largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay, seeks a legal intern for its Virginia State Office located in Richmond, Virginia.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.

Context of the Position

The legal intern would be part of CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration Program (EPR) which includes lawyers, scientists, planners, grassroots, and communications staff who work on wide spectrum of Bay-related issues, including water and air quality, point and non-point source pollution, land use and conservation, growth management, transportation, wetlands protection, and fisheries management. The intern would support EPR's advocacy to enforce existing laws and to develop more effective regulatory programs through participation in local, state, and federal regulatory initiatives, legislative work before the Virginia General Assembly, litigation, and many other CBF-specific initiatives to protect and enhance water quality in the Bay and its tidal tributaries.

The legal intern at the Virginia State office may be expected to travel within the watershed and to attend at least one of CBF's educational field trips (canoeing, work boat, skipjack, etc.) for a direct experience with the natural resources CBF strives to protect.

The legal intern is expected to have the opportunity to participate in some or all of the following:

  • Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Assist in preparation of administrative petitions, amicus briefs, and litigation documents
  • Work with other staff to experience "on-the-ground" environmental activities (e.g., delineation of foreign or invasive wetland plants, tour of industrial facilities)
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Help with management of legal projects (e.g., conservation easement negotiation and drafting; permit reviews)

Professional Experience and Qualifications

The Virginia State office is currently seeking a legal intern for a period of approximately 12 weeks. The length of the internship, and whether the position is full time or part time, will depend on CBF's specific needs. Law students who have completed at least the first year are invited to apply for this unpaid position.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources/FYI-011
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Internships@cbf.org

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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