Jobs and Volunteering

Jobs

There are currently no positions available at EDO NSW.

See below for volunteer opportunities.

EDO_NSW_legal_team_2016.jpgThe EDO NSW legal team in 2016

Volunteer

Our work relies greatly on the commitment of students and professionals who volunteer their time and skills to help protect the environment. We have a number of opportunities for legal volunteers, science volunteers and office volunteers (both specialised and general administration).


Legal Volunteers

All legal volunteers undertake a short trial period with EDO NSW. If a volunteer position is then offered, we ask our volunteers to make a commitment to work at least one day per week for at least 3 months.

Available days: Monday to Friday.

Lawyers
If you have practiced environmental law and would like to volunteer your time for EDO NSW in our Sydney or Northern Rivers Offices, please email the following to our office:

We will contact you if a position becomes available. 

While we are grateful to lawyers who volunteer their time, please note that our volunteer program is not intended to constitute ‘supervised legal practice’ for the purposes of removing condition 2 from practising certificates.

EDO NSW runs an International Program to provide specialist assistance to organisations across the South Pacific. If you have skills or experience in international development and/or law and have an interest in volunteering for our International Program, please make a note of this in your covering letter. International Program volunteers are based in our Sydney office.

Law students
Law students who have studied environmental law are encouraged to apply to our volunteer program. Legal volunteers are exposed to a broad range of work, including:

  • Legal research on matters concerning biodiversity, climate change, pollution, planning, mining and water law;
  • Assisting in the preparation of court documents and drafting letters and legal advices;
  • Assisting solicitors in case work and litigation in the Land and Environment Court;
  • Engaging in public interest environmental work for a broad scope of clients;
  • Drafting submissions and participating in law reform work; and
  • Assisting solicitors in the preparation of educational materials for the community.

Read what Christine and Peter did while they were volunteering with us

Law student volunteers:

  • can apply for our Sydney and Northern Rivers offices;
  • need to have, or be in the process of completing, a law degree; and
  • must have studied planning and/or environmental law. This means having studied a law subject that covers the fundamental principles and concepts of Australian domestic environmental law, preferably with a focus on NSW.

To apply, please send the following to our office:

  • A completed volunteer application form.
  • Your curriculum vitae and academic transcript.
  • A short covering letter outlining any relevant experience and the practice areas at EDO NSW you are interested in and why.

We will contact you if a position becomes available. 

EDO NSW has a specialist International Program to provide specialist assistance to organisations across the South Pacific. If you have skills or experience in international development and/or law and have an interest in volunteering for our International Program, please make a note of this in your covering letter. International Program volunteers are based in our Sydney office.

EDO NSW is able to supervise practical legal training (PLT) students. PLT students need to commit to working at least three days per week for at least 3 months. Priority is given to those who have previously volunteered with us. Please note that all prospective PLT volunteers are required to undertake a trial period before EDO NSW is able to commit to offering PLT supervision.

For more information, please contact either our Sydney office or our Lismore office.


Science Volunteers
Volunteers with scientific expertise can support us in two ways, either in the office or via our Expert Register.

  • To volunteer in the office, please send your completed volunteer application form along with your curriculum vitae to our office. We will contact you if a position becomes available. 

  • Our Expert Register is a list of people with scientific and technical expertise who are willing to assist us on public interest environmental matters on a pro bono basis (for no fee as a public service) or in limited cases, for a reduced fee. For more information visit our Expert Register web page.

Office volunteers
EDO NSW has some capacity to accept volunteers with administration and other specialist office skills such as communications and project management. If you would like to offer your skills as an office volunteer, please email your CV and a completed volunteer application form to our office. Please specify what type of volunteering you’d like to apply for and outline the skills and experience you have to offer.