Scientist, Healthy Communities

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.


The Healthy Communities program is at the heart of Earthjustice’s mission to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment and encompasses Earthjustice’s work on clean air, clean water, toxic chemicals and wastes, and related issues. The scientist selected for this position will focus on these areas, and will assist in advocacy to protect the environment and health in the nation’s most overburdened communities. Fundamental to this advocacy, as it is to all of Earthjustice’s work, is solid science.


The Scientist will provide research and analysis on a wide range of scientific and technical issues relevant to our advocacy to protect communities across the United States from pollution and toxic exposures. The Scientist will help the Healthy Communities team evaluate relevant science and communicate it in an understandable and compelling way to decision-makers, clients, and other audiences.



  • Conduct scientific and technical research, and qualitative and quantitative data analyses, to help prepare, inform, guide and support litigation and advocacy. Likely projects will include evaluating the scientific and technical bases for potential new cases and advocacy matters, developing research strategies, and helping to evaluate and build strong agency rulemaking and litigation records.
  • Identify and collaborate with individuals and organizations with relevant scientific and technical expertise.
  • Manage scientific and technical consultants and interns.
  • Review, analyze, and summarize case-related scientific documents and information, as well as more general environmental or health planning documents, technical support documents, scientific studies, and other scientific and technical information to support legal and policy strategies.
  • Draft and fact-check scientific and technical portions of court pleadings, comments, fact sheets, press releases, blogs, and other materials for internal and external use.
  • Conduct internal trainings and provide support on scientific and technical issues relevant to Earthjustice cases and messaging (e.g., effects of air pollution, particular harm from chemical exposures, quantitative risk assessments).
  • Present or assist attorneys in preparing to present at meetings with public officials, scientists, NGO clients, experts, the media, donors, and Board members.