Assistant Legal Officer

  • Part time
  • £26,500 pro-rata
  • Hybrid working arrangements with office space in Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th August 2022

  • Advertised from 25th July 2022
  • 14 hours per week. Permanent. Start date: Immediate
  • Annual leave: 25 days annual leave plus 10 days statutory holiday (pro rata)


Are you passionate about protecting the environment, and committed to advancing environmental rights? The Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland (ERCS) is recruiting an Assistant Legal Officer to increase access to justice and holding public authorities and polluters to account.

ERCS’s vision is of a Scotland where every person’s right to live in a healthy environment is respected, protected and fulfilled. We are a facing a triple planetary emergency: climate change, species extinction and pollution of our air, land and water, and this is a unique opportunity to increase awareness of legal rights and remedies in environmental matters.

As the Assistant Legal Officer, your role is to assist our in-house Solicitor in providing free legal advice to promote and further environmental rights in Scotland. As part of the in-house legal team, you will undertake legal research to apply to casework, assist with the administration of the advice service and ensure professional legal standards are upheld.

In supporting our advice service, you will be sensitive to the nature of enquiries we receive and be friendly, approachable and professional. You will be self-motivated with a naturally collaborative working style and will thrive in a small, creative team.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from women, disabled, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Application notes

To find out more, download the job description.

For informal enquiries contact Shivali Fifield, Chief Officer at

To apply, download and complete the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and email to

Closing date for applications: 10am Monday 15 August 2022.

Online interviews: First week of September.