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East Coast Environmental Law Invites Applications for a Summer Student Position

May 1, 2019

Job Posting: Summer Student Position

Information Library Research Assistant (Aboriginal and Indigenous Law)

East Coast Environmental Law is an environmental law charity based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that operates throughout Atlantic Canada. Our mission and vision reflect our desire for a future in which the just application of innovative and effective environmental laws provide Atlantic Canadians with equitable access to a clean and healthy environment. The three pillars of our work are public legal education, community collaboration, and legal action.

In keeping with our mandate for public legal education, we maintain an online legal Information Library that members of the public can use to access hundreds of summaries of environmental law cases from throughout Atlantic Canada, along with a growing body of key terminology definitions.

The successful applicant for this Summer Student position will help us to expand our Information Library by preparing materials for a new section focusing on Aboriginal and Indigenous law in environmental contexts.

The Summer Student’s primary responsibilities will be to:

• conduct preliminary legal research to collect all relevant judicial decisions;
• draft summaries of relevant judicial decisions;
• review and edit relevant case summaries that were previously drafted by student volunteers;
• identify key terms that require entries in the “Glossary” section of the Information Library and draft definitions for those terms;
• submit drafted materials to East Coast Environmental Law staff for review and approval; and,
• upload finalized materials to the online Information Library database.

Qualifications and Job Requirements: This Summer Student position requires legal research training. The successful applicant will therefore be a current law student or a recent graduate of a law program. Indigenous applicants will be given priority.

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program; therefore, applicants must also conform to the program’s eligibility requirements. To be eligible for employment through the Canada Summer Jobs program, applicants must: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and, have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. International students are not eligible.

This position is for eight weeks, with the anticipated work period running from June 3rd to July 26th, 2019.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV (combined into a single PDF document) to [email protected] Applications should be addressed to Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director and Senior Lawyer.

The application deadline is Monday, May 20th, at 5:00 PM.

You can download a PDF version of this job posting here.