Jobs and Volunteering at EDO NSW

Jobs and Volunteering


Some EDO NSW staff and volunteers.


Scientific Officer - Applications close 9am, Monday 2 December 2019.

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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 (specialised and general administration).

If you are interested in volunteering with EDO NSW, please submit a Volunteer application form.

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 our International Program, please make a note of this in your application.

Practical Legal Training (PLT) positions available

September 2019: We currently have a number of PLT positions available in our Litigation, International and Citizen Representation teams. The positions are offered on an unpaid basis.

Our PLT students are required to commit to three days a week for at least three months.

The successful applicants will be supervised by a Senior Solicitor and will undertake a wide variety of legal research tasks, assist in the preparation of legal documents and obtain relevant information from clients on our telephone advice line to assist duty solicitors in providing legal advice. 

If you are interested in applying for a PLT position, please complete our online application form.

Legal volunteers

All legal volunteers undertake a short trial period with us. If a volunteer position is then offered, we ask you to make a commitment to work at least one day per week for at least three months. Available days are Monday to Friday.

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 accounts from Christine and Peter on volunteering with us


We are grateful to lawyers who volunteer with us, if you have practised environmental law and would like to volunteer your time to EDO NSW, please submit a Volunteer application form and choose 'Practising Solicitor' as the position you are applying for.

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

Law students

Law students who have studied environmental law are encouraged to apply. Law student volunteers:

  • 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 submit a Volunteer application form.

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 three 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, contact us.

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 submit a Volunteer application form and choose 'Science' as the volunteer position you are applying for. 

  • 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 page.

Office volunteers

EDO NSW has some capacity to accept volunteers with administration and other specialist office skills, such as marketing, fundraising research and reporting, video production and editing, communications and project management. Skills in Microsoft Excel are highly desirable.

If you would like to volunteer your skills in the office, please submit a Volunteer application form and outline the skills and experience you have to offer.