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2023-136 Dana Wolfe Memorial Legal Intern


Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.


We are currently seeking a legal intern to serve as our Dana Wolfe Memorial Legal Intern during summer 2023. This is a 40 hours per week working internship for rising second- or third-year law students spanning approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Interns may work from Ocean Conservancy’s offices in St. Petersburg, Florida, or Anchorage, Alaska, or may work remotely from select states.

Dana Wolfe epitomized hard work, dedication and commitment to Ocean Conservancy during her time as an integral part of our legal team (2005-2013). Following her death in 2013, Ocean Conservancy created an internship in her memory.

Ocean Conservancy’s legal affairs program provides expertise to ensure the development and implementation of effective policies focused on protecting ocean ecosystems. Ocean Conservancy’s strong legal expertise has resulted in meaningful protections for fish and marine wildlife.


This position will provide the legal intern with a broad array of experience on environmental and marine legal issues. Work will focus on marine conservation issues nationwide and may include programmatic topics such as water quality regulation, marine debris interventions, offshore wind, offshore oil and gas, climate change, fish conservation, or protection of the Arctic Ocean or the Florida environment.

The intern will research and analyze applicable ocean conservation and management laws, regulations and policies to support program work. The intern will also track legislative changes and trends, draft legal memos and aid in the legal guidance of the organization as a whole.

The legal intern can expect to work on or drive projects designed to enhance the Ocean Conservancy legal team. The intern will obtain practical in-house counsel and policy experience within a nonprofit environmental legal department.


  • Experience or course work on environmental and administrative law preferred.
  • Ideal candidates are able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision and be able to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • The preferred candidate is detail oriented, creative, articulate, personable and self-confident with good interpersonal, organizational, researching and communication skills.
  • Working effectively as part of a team and the ability to prioritize and multitask are critical to success.
  • Candidates must be dependable and reliable in meeting target deliverables according to schedule and expectations.
  • Candidates should have excellent research, analytic, writing and communication skills, along with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook applications.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited law school pursuing a juris doctor degree.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. The hiring rate of $25 an hour, which will be commensurate with the candidate’s specialty skills, years of experience, location and unique background. We are open to feedback from the market and would welcome the ability to connect with potential candidates whose salary requirements may be outside of the expected hiring range.


If you think you’d be a great fit for the job and are interested in joining Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.

Please include cover letter and resume in your application.


You will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status or submit to regular masking and testing as a condition of employment at Ocean Conservancy’s meetings, gatherings, and offices. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


Ocean Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We encourage applicants who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences to apply. A 100% match is not required. We want to support employees’ career growth and in return, our employees help Ocean Conservancy grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

  • St. Petersburg, FL, Anchorage, AK or remote from CA, DC, GA, LA, MD, ME, MT, NC, OR, TX, VA, WA, WV
  • Legal Affairs
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  • Full Time

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