Legal Volunteer

  • Use your legal expertise to defend the environment throughout the Australia Pacific Region;
  • Gain practical work experience, Practical Legal Training (PLT) hours and new skills; and
  • Volunteer for a leading independent campaigning organisation that uses peaceful protest and creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

About the role

Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP) currently has a volunteering opportunity for 2 lawyers or legal students to work remotely with our Greenpeace Australia Pacific legal counsel commencing mid-November. Please note there is a minimum commitment of 7 hours per week for 3 months (with option to continue). We are ideally looking for someone who can volunteer 2 to 3 days per week from November to January. You will get the opportunity to contribute to some exciting legal projects and iconic campaigns, including working with the Vanuatu Government and civil society allies to take the issue of climate change and human rights to the International Court of Justice.  

About You

As a volunteer within GPAP, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience undertaking contract review, provision of small advices on various legal and governance matters (e.g. employment law, IP), policy work and advocacy in the form of submissions on behalf of GPAP to parliament. The roles will be suited to qualified lawyers or law students in their 4th or 5th year of their undergraduate degree (or 2nd or 3rd year of their JD), although this is not a requirement.  

Above all we’re looking for enthusiastic individuals with strong research skills who are excited by the prospect of defending the environment.

Why Greenpeace?

Australia and the Pacific are unique and precious environments. We’ve got a beautiful climate, rich oceans, vast forests and healthy food. Yet all of this is under threat. Greenpeace takes action to protect our natural home, now and for the future. We investigate and expose environmental abuse, hold decision-makers accountable, promote effective solutions and inspire others to create positive change. 

What We Can Offer You!

As a Legal Volunteer you will learn new skills, strengthen your legal research capabilities and get an opportunity to create meaningful change within a safe, inclusive and collaborative working environment. Our legal counsel can also supervise law students undertaking their PLT.

How to Apply

Greenpeace welcomes and values diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives. Applications should comprise of a single Word or PDF document including a cover letter and CV. Please ensure your cover letter includes:

  • Why you are interested in volunteering with the Greenpeace Australia Pacific legal unit;
  • Your available start date; and
  • The details of your GDLP provider (if applicable).

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