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Join our team: We’re looking for an attorney in our Pollution & Climate Change programme

March 27, 2017 at 7:00 am

A position for an attorney has opened up in our Pollution & Climate Change programme. We are looking for an attorney with a passion for environmental rights and justice, particularly in relation to industrial pollution, waste, climate change and environmental justice, with a special focus on the environmental and health impacts of coal-based energy generation. The position is based in Cape Town or Johannesburg, and applications close on 3 April 2017.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including grassroots communities, community networks and civil society organisations, on matters related to industrial pollution, waste, climate change and environmental justice, with a special focus on the environmental and health impacts of coal-based energy generation.
  • Leading litigation by and against the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the uploading of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Training and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys at the Centre.

The Centre for Environmental Rights benchmarks its salaries for the public interest law sector. The salary offered will be dependent on the qualifications, skills and level of experience of the successful candidate, but will fall within the range R275 000-R400 000 per annum (total cost to company).

The Centre for Environmental Rights strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural and gender diversity within its staff complement. All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

For more details, visit the Vacancies page on our website and look for Ref No. 1/2017.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

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