Planning and Environment Lawyer

Based in Canberra, this is a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced, motivated lawyer with a passion for the environment to join EDO ACT.

The Environmental Defenders Office ACT (EDO ACT) is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law and policy. Our mission is to help the community protect the environment through the law.

We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a motivated lawyer to use their skills to provide advice and representation, law reform and policy and CLE sessions for the protection of the ACT's unique environment and heritage.

The successful applicant will:

  • Advise and represent clients on planning and environmental law matters that meet our public interest criteria
  • Contribute to ACT and potentially broader Commonwealth law reform work
  • Contribute to the community legal education work of EDO ACT.

The role provides the opportunity to engage with a range of critical environmental issues currently facing the ACT, including land clearing, biodiversity loss and climate change.

This full-time position is based in EDO ACT’s office in Civic.

Selection Criteria

  1. An ACT practicing certificate or eligibility for admission to legal practice in the ACT
  2. A minimum of three years post admission experience in ACT planning and environmental law and policy
  3. Experience in running planning/environmental matters in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (or similar)
  4. Commitment to protecting the environment and public participation in environmental decision-making
  5. Demonstrated ability to work independently, productively and to deadlines
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good relationships with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills suited to a range of audiences, including plain English communications with members of the public

Excellent working conditions are offered.

Salary range is SCHADS levels 5-6, subject to experience and qualifications, plus 9.5% superannuation and 4 weeks annual leave.

Contract term is 1 year full time or part time (full time preferred), with the possibility of extension (subject to funding).

How to apply for this job

Please provide your CV and a statement against the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages) to All queries should be directed to Stephanie Booker, CEO/Principal Solicitor, on (02) 6243 3460 or via email.

Applications close 9am 7 October 2019.

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