Employment Opportunities

Paralegal / Office Administrator



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 state and local citizen groups in citizen 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 basic legal research and helping to prepare motions and pleadings for filing in court.
  • Performing factual research into topics such as industry compliance with environmental laws and the environmental and health effects of particular pollutants.
  • Creating spreadsheets tracking violations of permit limits by selected polluters.
  • Assisting with trial work and depositions.
  • Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local, state, and national environmental organizations and citizen groups.
  • Preparing and tracking the organization's budget and business plan.
  • Coordinating and creating content for website updates, newsletters, and other publications.
  • Organizing and filing case-related documents.
  • Administering NELC's Boston office.


Location: Boston, MA


Compensation and Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $28,000 in the first year. The National Environmental Law Center offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.



The NELC Paralegal/Administrator 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 a college degree.  Relevant professional experience post-college is a plus. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, legal, journalistic, or government settings.  A science background is helpful. An advanced degree, such as a master’s in a related field, may count toward a candidate's professional experience.  


A minimum two-year commitment to the position is required.


How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample 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.