Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet.  Our work guides policy and engages people to develop evidence-based solutions that protect the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.


We are currently seeking a legal intern to serve as our Dana Wolfe Memorial Legal Intern during summer 2022. This is a 40 hours a week working internship for rising second or third year law students spanning approximately 10 to 12 weeks. The internship will be based out of Ocean Conservancy’s office in St. Petersburg, Florida. If Covid-19 conditions preclude working from the Ocean Conservancy office, the student will work remotely.

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 offshore oil and gas, climate change and ocean acidification, or fish conservation.

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.


  • 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.

How to apply:

  • Please include cover letter, resume and writing sample in your application. If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.