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Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities

It is an exciting time to have a career in food law and policy. As we learn about new opportunities, we will post them on this page as a resource for those seeking to start or continue a career in food law and policy. Good luck in your job searches!

  • Research Assistant, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (HLS Students Only)
  • Policy Fellowship, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
  • Associate Attorney, Earthjustice

Research Assistant, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (HLS Students Only)

The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) serves partner organizations and communities by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. Specifically, FLPC focuses on increasing access to healthy foods, supporting sustainable production and regional food systems, and reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food.

With its comprehensive work related to U.S. laws and policies of food donations, FLPC is launching an exciting and first-of-its kind project that will bring its expertise to other countries. In collaboration with the Global FoodBanking Network, FLPC is beginning to research more than a dozen foreign legal systems to better understand how they encourage or discourage food donations. Ultimately, through this partnership and extensive stakeholder engagement, FLPC intends to publish legal guides that communities in these countries can use to better navigate the laws and policies of food donations.

 FLPC seeks a research assistant (RA) for a paid position to help with legal research for this project. Our particular focus will be on the laws and policies of Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Under the supervision of FLPC staff, the RA may:

  • Research tax incentives and dis-incentives for food donations, including VAT, tax deductions and tax credits, and other tax policies
  • Research civil and criminal liability related to food donations
  • Research food labels and other related food-safety laws and policies
  • Work with the FLPC team on drafting and revising country-specific legal guides

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Ideally, a thorough understanding of Latin American laws and institutions
  • Interest in food and public health law and policy
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Enrolled at Harvard Law School

 How to Apply

Applicants must submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) a writing sample to bfink@law.harvard.edu.

RAs must have the ability to be employed in the United States.  The position is part-time and the time commitment can be flexible.

 For more information, please e-mail bfink@law.harvard.edu.


Policy Fellowship, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Fellow, beginning the first week of September of 2019 and ending in mid-May 2020. This 9 month fellowship position is a fixed term, full time, non exempt position that offers benefits as per the employee handbook and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. NSAC is the leading advocacy organization for federal policy that supports sustainable agriculture and food systems. NSAC’s collaborative work environment offers a unique career opportunity to advance federal sustainable agriculture policy as part of a dedicated and effective team. The Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of policy issues and campaigns, including local and regional food systems, climate change and conservation, beginning farmers and farmers of color, food safety and labeling, sustainable agriculture research, and crop insurance reform. The Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to directly engage in NSAC’s ongoing work on implementation of the new farm bill, as well as other emerging legislative issues such as immigration reform and Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization.

Position Description

NSAC’s Policy Fellow will work closely with NSAC’s policy team on the full range of legislative activities in our fastpaced D.C. office, including the following responsibilities:

  • Support policy staff with outreach and communication to Congressional offices and committees, and federal agencies and administrative officials
  • Represent NSAC at agency and coalition meetings, as well as Congressional hearings and briefings
  • Conduct research and data analysis to support program oversight and inform future policy development
  • Write in-depth policy blogs and reports, and contribute to Federal Register comments (as applicable)
  • Develop and implement a long-term research or policy project (to be determined)
  • Provide support for policy staff on monthly Issue Committee calls
  • Provide support for NSAC’s annual winter member meeting
  • Manage the dissemination of NSAC’s Weekly Roundup policy newsletter
  • Work with NSAC staff on racial equity projects and initiatives
  • Provide support for incoming calls and other administrative duties
  • Assist with other projects and assignments as needed

Qualifications

An understanding of and passion for sustainable agriculture

  • Basic knowledge of the federal policy-making process
  • An appreciation for how federal policies may affect different constituencies, including historically underrepresented communities, and willingness to apply an equity lens
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to both work independently and be a good team player
  • Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and deadlines
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects
  • Familiarity with Dropbox, Google Suite, and WordPress a plus

NSAC can work with the applicant’s school or program to make the fellowship fit criteria for academic credit or field placement experience.

Application

Please send resume, cover letter (including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture), and the names and contact information for two references (all as a single PDF document) to fellow@sustainableagriculture.net with “Policy Fellow Fall 2019” in the email subject line. No phone calls, please. Application deadline: July 19, 2019.

 

 


Associate Attorney, Earthjustice

Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food and Farming Program is seeking an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. The position is available immediately and is located in Washington, D.C. or New York, NY.

The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, within the Healthy Communities Department, engages in litigation and other legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of a wide range of diverse clients to advance safer and healthier food and more sustainable and climate-friendly farming in order to protect consumers, farm workers and communities, and our waters, air and climate. A major priority is to limit and obtain adequate safeguards on the use of dangerous pesticides, excess fertilizers, animal waste, and farm and food processing chemicals. We take on cases with regional and national scope. We also work on cross-cutting Access to Justice issues to respond to the current efforts to limit the use of science and public participation. More about this work here.

The Associate Attorney program offers early-career attorneys the opportunity to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The term for the associate position is three years, with potential for extension. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.

Responsibilities:
The Associate Attorney will handle legal advocacy and litigation in judicial, administrative, and legislative fora including, but not limited to:

  • Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy.
  • Develop and engage in legal advocacy, including draft and review legislation; draft rulemaking petitions, comments to agencies, letters, fact sheets and other materials; and, participate in coalition meetings and events.
  • Handle other legal work to further the work of the Sustainable Food and Farming and Healthy Communities Programs.

Qualifications:

  • Law school graduate with up to four years of legal experience.
  • Admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the New York Bar.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences. 
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team. 
  • An unrelenting commitment to high professional standards.
  • Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Compensation is based on experience. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following materials via the Jobvite system. 

  • One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or social justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
  • Resume.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of contact information for three professional or academic references.

Apply online.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.