All open positions with Tualatin Riverkeepers will be listed here. Tualatin Riverkeepers is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Legal Intern - Unpaid/Remote

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community-based organization that protects and restores the Tualatin River watershed, building environmental stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education. TRK has legal internships available full-time or part-time all year round for current law school students (1L, 2L, 3L, and LLM). While internships are currently unpaid, benefits include a flexible schedule with remote work options. Interns do not need to live or attend school in Oregon to apply. Students may also work with their legal programs and TRK to coordinate receiving school credit for externships.

Legal interns help us expand our capacity to address important issues within the Tualatin River basin to achieve our mission of protecting and restoring the entire watershed. We also look to internships to provide an opportunity to bring diverse backgrounds and experiences into our advocacy so that we can work toward sustainable and equitable environmental policy solutions that benefit all communities within the watershed. A legal internship with TRK will provide a wide spectrum of experience that will transfer to future environmental-related work opportunities. Legal interns work under the close direction and supervision of our Riverkeeper & In-House Counsel. Work can include but is not limited to: legal research and writing; advocacy and policy work; field investigations such as paddling on the river and site visits; and stakeholder meetings with government agencies. Interns will have some agency in selecting what projects they work on, and TRK strives to provide work opportunities that allow students to get real world experience in working with a small nonprofit. Additionally, students will be invited and encouraged to participate in internal strategy sessions and one-on-one mentoring with our Riverkeeper.

Lived experience and/or course work in environmental law, environmental justice, intersectional policies, water resources, the Clean Water Act, and land use is recommended. Other relevant experience can include but is not limited to prior experience working with agricultural communities, tribal Nations and agencies, and any other environmental issues that have outsized impacts on historically marginalized groups. TRK values a diversity of perspectives and works to address environmental racism in our work, valuing solutions that are both equitable and sustainable. We are looking for students who have backgrounds to help advocate for these solutions and/or those who are interested in helping advocate for these solutions. Fluency in languages other than English is also a plus.

Interns in the past have worked on:

  • Reviewing and drafting public comments on Clean Water Act 404 Wetland-Fill Permits
  • Researching and comparing Municipal Tree Codes in the Tualatin River Watershed
  • Reviewing and drafting public comments on an Industrial Pretreatment Ordinance (Clean Water Act)
  • Researching what constitutes "pre-determining" under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Reviewing and drafting public comments on proposed changes to Significant Natural Resource Code Sections

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and a legal writing sample to Ashley Short at ashley@tualatinriverkeepers.org. Please include “Legal Internship Application” in the title of the email along with which position(s) you are applying for. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, but for spring semester intern/externship(s) apply soon for best possible consideration, but no later than Nov 30th, 2022, by 5:00pm. Note the spring position(s) will close if filled sooner. Also accepting applications for summer 2022 by Nov 30th, 2022 by 5:00 pm.