Join Trustees as legal fellow

Seeking full-time legal fellow to join our team

Jul 02, 2018

Photo by Jim Spitzer

Join Trustees for a year-long fellowship

Trustees for Alaska seeks a full-time legal fellow to join our team of lawyers working to protect a wild and vibrant Alaska where fish, wildlife, and people thrive. This is a one-year position in Anchorage, Alaska, ideally starting in August.

The ideal candidate will have recently graduated from law school or completed a judicial clerkship and have a proven commitment to public interest environmental law. This position is an opportunity to gain environmental law experience on a variety of legal issues while working to achieve environmental protections for Alaska.

About Trustees

Pacific Loon in the Arctic Refuge. Photo by Malkolm Boothroyd.

Trustees for Alaska is a nonprofit public-interest environmental law firm that works closely with its clients to protect and defend Alaska’s lands, waters, wildlife, and communities. Alaska is an amazing place and it needs guardians to ensure it remains that way. Trustees for Alaska addresses environmental conservation issues in collaboration with our clients and partners. For over 40 years, Trustees for Alaska has provided free legal services, policy advice, and strategic counsel to Alaska Native organizations and tribes, community groups, and local and national conservation groups.

Job responsibilities

The Fellowship Attorney reports to the Legal Director or a Senior Staff Attorney and is responsible for the following:

  • Managing a diverse project list that may include coalition-based administrative, legislative, and judicial work.
  • Working with program staff, clients, and partners to research, develop, and implement legal, political, outreach, communications, and other strategies.
  • Assisting with all aspects of new and ongoing litigation.
  • Delegating and supervising projects for our paralegal and legal interns.
  • Assisting with administrative, communications, and fundraising tasks as needed.
Working conditions

On the way to McNeil. Photo by Valerie Brown.

Attorneys generally work 40-hour work weeks, with occasional additional night and weekend hours. Trustees has a supportive, dog-friendly office. We occasionally travel, including to remote areas by small plane, boat, or snow machine.


We are seeking candidates who have excellent legal skills and are results-oriented. Strong candidates will have:

  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively;
  • The ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment, including within large and diverse coalitions;
  • Knowledge of Alaska, environmental and administrative law, and a scientific background are ideal qualities.
Compensation and hiring commitment

Photo by Tracy Lohman.

We offer a competitive non-profit salary, plus medical, dental, life, long-term disability, and retirement benefits, generous leave policy, and supportive co-workers. We also encourage applications from candidates who have full or partial fellowship funding from other sources.

Trustees for Alaska supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is an equal opportunity employer. Trustees for Alaska endeavors to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment at Trustees for Alaska is influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Trustees for Alaska believes everyone has something important to contribute. Respecting individual differences is an integral part of our organizational culture, and we value a work environment where individual differences are recognized as important assets in achieving our collective mission.

How to apply

E-mail cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Ashley Boyd, office manager, at The position is open until filled.

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