For more than 20 years, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) has served as a
mobilizing force to collaborate with communities to protect themselves from the damages
caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on
regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience.
Our team includes technical experts, independent family farmers, and rural residents who have
faced the threats of factory farms in their communities. When asked for help, SRAP offers free
support, providing communities with the knowledge and skills to protect their right to clean
water, air, and soil and to a healthy, just, and vibrant future.
SRAP’s Staff Attorney will work closely with the SRAP Senior Counsel and SRAP Staff from
the organization’s four core programs: Community Support; Food and Farm Network; Water
Rangers; and Contract Grower Transition. The Staff Attorney will provide direct support and
guidance, as well as informational and educational resources, to SRAP staff and communities
for advocacy purposes. This position does not involve litigation, but a working knowledge of
evidence, discovery, civil procedure, and administrative law is essential. The Staff Attorney will
report to SRAP’s Senior Counsel and will have frequent interaction with the Community
Support Team and the Community Support Team Director. The Staff Attorney may manage
Legal Clerks and Interns.
More specifically, the Staff Attorney will:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide support for SRAP, local communities, and external partners;
- Participate in assessing and evaluating Community Support matters;
- Anticipate and respond to Community Support requests for information and resources to
assist with advocacy efforts.
- Identify, develop, and implement legal strategies, including legislative, administrative,
and regulatory work on behalf of SRAP. Strategies could relate to general advocacy
work, quasi-judicial proceedings, petitions, public comments, or policy issues.
- Develop appropriate communications and outreach strategies on legal topics, including
drafting letters, blogs, fact sheets and other educational materials and designing and
conducting trainings for SRAP staff and communities;
- Participation in coalition meetings and events to strengthen on-the-ground community
organizing efforts and the national movement;
- Support SRAP in the implementation of integrated advocacy initiatives, campaigns, and
strategies across SRAP’s four core programs and other advocacy work to further the
priorities of SRAP.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Law school graduate with a minimum of 3 years of relevant legal experience;
- Admission to a State Bar and be in Good Standing;
- Demonstrable experience with public information requests, administrative procedures,
state and federal rules of evidence, compliance and enforcement sides of environmental
laws, land use/zoning laws, and working with experts;
- Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills;
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills;
- Self-motivation and proven ability to work as part of a remote team;
- Strong work ethic, initiative, and sound, yet creative judgment including under short
- Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of and the ability to work with individuals and
groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations;
- A strong desire to build a movement to achieve a more just food system;
- Dedication to public interest principles;
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work community that
encourages collaboration and professional growth.
- Proficiency in Google Workplace and Microsoft Office suites, CM/ECF systems and Pacer, Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw systems, and state/federal public records/FOIA systems.
Work Environment: Position is fully remote with occasional weekend/evening
hours and travel expected. This is a full-time, exempt position. Applicants must
reside in the United States.
Compensation: Annual salary of $60,000 to $70,000, dependent upon
experience. Benefits include fully covered health, vision, dental, and life
insurance, monthly communications stipend, annual wellness stipend, a 403b
retirement plan and generous paid time off.
To Apply: E-mail a single PDF with the subject line “STAFF ATTORNEY APPLICATION”
containing a cover letter expressing interest, curriculum vitae, three references, and a legal
writing sample no longer than 10 pages in length to Katie Engelman, Operations and Human
Resources Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be screened on a rolling basis until December 22, 2023. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. Selected candidates will be contacted in early 2024 for
interviews. No telephone calls please.
SRAP is a proud equal-opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender
identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition,
disability, marital status, veteran status, or other status protected by law.
SRAP is committed to creating an inclusive organization, and we believe that having a staff
that is reflective of the communities we serve will help best advance our mission. We
encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.