Land and Environmental Justice Fellowship

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Global Programs | COVID-19 remote


Namati’s Land and Environmental Justice (LEJ) work focuses on equipping people affected by environmental harm to advocate for themselves, working alongside them to put them in a position to protect their own lands and make the rules and systems better for everyone. Our teams work in different contexts around the world, but we see the global environmental crisis as a crisis of democracy. Our casework in this issue area is focused on negotiating land rights and empowering communities to have a voice in projects that affect their livelihoods and natural resources.

Namati is searching for a current law or graduate student to join our Global Programs team, which collaborates with each of our country teams to refine program strategy, support learning through grassroots experimentation, and develop new initiatives that strengthen our core areas of focus. We provide hands-on support while fostering comparative learning on legal empowerment across all of the places where we work. The Fellow will support the team in the following ways: 

  1. Enable learning across our teams on topics like securing remedies in our casework, facilitating deliberation among communities facing new developments, and progressive policy provisions that can democratize land and environmental governance. For example, organize group calls bringing teams together to share experience and distill comparative learning; help develop the agenda, take excellent notes, and oversee follow-up from the meetings.
  2. Collaborate with country teams on specific projects ranging from research on live questions in active cases to helping build our core strategies for land and environmental justice. For example, a past fellow worked with our Sierra Leone team to develop community education materials on the risks and impacts of mining, and another researched how communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent is reflected in national legal frameworks and operationalized in practice in different contexts.
  3. Synthesize learning and best practices from outside Namati and translate them into recommendations for our programming. We draw lessons and examples from the groups around the world that are a part of the Legal Empowerment Network but also from other fields like social accountability and community organizing.


About You

  • Background in land and environmental justice: You’re passionate about land and environmental justice. You may have worked on land and environmental justice policy or you’ve supported communities and civil society in their journey to fight injustice. 
  • Committed to excellence: You are a mature, organized, and proactive current law or graduate student known for producing high quality content on deadline. Your work is always error-free and you enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction upon successful completion of any project or task you tackle
  • Aptitude for investigation and analysis: You have a demonstrated track record of skilled research and writing. Your creative edge and entrepreneurial approach to learning set you apart.
  • A creative, relentless problem-solver:  It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem -- you don’t rest until you’ve identified the optimal solution. And although careful planning and execution define your work, when challenges arise you quickly reorient and identify the best new course of action. You’re well-regarded for your ability to make reasoned decisions, even in the face of limited or conflicting information. 
  • Flexible and independent: Although careful planning and execution define your work, you are positive and graceful when unexpected challenges arise. You thrive when working independently with minimal direct supervision.
  • Collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as a team-player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects -- you’re happy to contribute however you can to advance our mission.
  • Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and anyone else.


Nice to have

  • Experience with systems change: You might have engaged in community-based direct action, or you have experience organizing, or maybe you’ve advocated for policy changes.



This position is open to any location in the United States. Due to COVID-19, Namati remains a remote-first organization for the foreseeable future and until further notice. 

Fellowship length and eligibility

This is a part or full-time position requiring a minimum of 4 months.  Our preference is for a fellow who is available for full-time and longer than 4 months, and a full-year fellowship is possible. We are flexible with the start date. 

Please note at this time we are only able to accept applications from individuals whose fellowship will be paid for through their schooling (e.g. experiential learning for academic credit) or independent fellowship funding (e.g., scholarships, university-provided fellowship funding), and we’re unable to make significant changes to the scope of this fellowship based on individual funding requirements.

As appropriate, we’re happy to work with you and your institution so you can receive academic credit for this fellowship. While we do recognize that interested interns/fellows may approach us during the process of actively applying for external sources of funding, due to the high volume of interest in our opportunities we look for our finalists to demonstrate that they can be resourceful and creative in securing funding and will not make excessive requests of our teams for support.


To Apply

Please complete our online application form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please note we strongly prefer for your application materials (resume and cover letter) to be uploaded in one PDF.