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The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) provides legal assistance and education to members of the scientific community, and climate scientists in particular. We defend researchers and other experts who share their knowledge, inform the public, and advocate to address climate change and other pressing environmental problems.

CSLDF is currently seeking applications for a Communications Coordinator and a Spring 2023 Legal Extern. See details below.

Communications Coordinator

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) protects the scientific endeavor by safeguarding the science needed inform important policy decisions and preserve public health.

We’re looking for a part-time communications professional to help us tell the story of our work. Partnering with the Executive Director and the Development Director, as well as other team members from time to time, the Communication Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Managing CSLDF social media accounts.
  • Producing our monthly newsletter.
  • Updating and posting website content.
  • Writing summaries for the Silencing Science Tracker, which we co-run with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.
  • Ensuring consistent presentation of CSLDF across all platforms, including reviewing and editing blog posts and other public communications.
  • Occasionally assisting with media relations, including press requests.
  • Periodically tracking and evaluating communications performance analytics, including Google Analytics and Mailchimp metrics.

Additional development tasks also may be available depending on interest and expertise.


  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational instincts and ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working independently.
  • Experience managing institutional social media accounts preferred.
  • Mailchimp and WordPress experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of climate, environmental, scientific, and/or legal issues a plus.

The rate for this position is $30/hour, or commensurate with experience, for 10-12 hours/week.

We are a friendly, flexible workplace. Please let us know what flexibility looks like to you.

How to Apply

Please email a resume / CV and cover letter to and include Communications Coordinator in the subject line.

Spring 2023 Legal Externship

Who Can Participate: 3Ls with superb research and writing skills.

Description: The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Established in 2011, our mission is to protect the scientific endeavor. We represent scientists—with a particular focus on climate and environmental scientists—who are targeted, silenced, harassed, or otherwise attacked because of the work they do. In addition, we perform significant educational outreach to scientists to help them understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and we proactively work to help ensure the enactment of strong legal protections for science and to promote science-based policy—at both the federal and state level.

Working closely with CSLDF attorneys, the law student will conduct legal research and writing. Projects may include drafting legal memoranda, sections of briefs and motions, policy position papers and reports, and educational materials on legal issues for a scientific audience. The student may potentially also participate in client and witness interviews.

This is an excellent opportunity to hone your legal research and writing skills, and to learn about the intersection of law, science, and policy.

Current matriculation in an ABA-accredited law school, preferably in an environmental law program, is required. We will place preference on students who have demonstrated superb legal research and writing skills through, for example, participation in a law review journal.

This position can be fully remote, or the law student can use a workspace in our office at 475 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. We have a flexible, friendly work environment. Please let us know what flexibility looks like to you.

Time Commitment: 8-20 hours/week or as otherwise agreed upon by CSLDF and the law student prior to their hiring.

New York Bar Pro Bono: This work is likely to be considered “qualifying pro bono work” for purposes of the New York State Board of Law Examiners’ mandatory 50-hour pro bono requirement.

To express interest: Please email a resume / CV, short legal writing sample (5 pages maximum), and cover letter detailing your interest in CSLDF and this position to Rachael Lyle at Thank you for considering CSLDF.

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