I am currently in the final year of my law degree and recently completed a 5 week internship at EDO Tas. I work at a large law firm in Sydney, but was attracted to a placement at EDO Tasmania because of the broad range of environmental issues dealt with by the office. The internship exposed me to everything from local planning issues to State fisheries management to assessments under the EPBC Act. I was also lucky enough to help prepare for, and to attend, a Tribunal hearing with Adam. Importantly, the internship also gave me an insight into the reality of day-to-day life at a community legal centre.
I learned more in 5 weeks of hands-on experience than in many years of a University degree. My time at EDO Tas convinced me that environmental law will be my focus after graduation.
– Antonina, EDO Tas intern 2013
EDO Tasmania relies on the commitment of students, professionals and community members who volunteer their time and skills to help protect the environment. If you have legal, administrative, IT, fundraising, graphic design or policy skills and would like to help with our work, we’d love to hear from you!
** Unfortunately, EDO Tasmania is not offering summer internships in 2018-19. We hope to offer winter internships and other volunteering opportunities in 2019, so keep an eye on our website for updates **
Internships provide students and recent graduates with opportunities to:
- Develop an understanding of the Resource Management and Planning System;
- Gain practical research and drafting experience in relation to planning and environmental law issues;
- Provide paralegal support in environmental court cases;
- Contribute to policy and law reform projects in areas such as marine farming, environmental assessment, forest management and planning;
- Assist in the preparation of environmental law resources;
- Get an insight into working at a community legal centre;
- Establish network contacts with planning and environmental law practitioners.
The internship programme will be of most benefit to students with a genuine interest in resource management issues, social justice and environmental law. Students with a planning / geography background are also encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to students in the final years of their degree, or recent graduates.
Other volunteering opportunities
External / on-call volunteering:
On-call volunteers sign up to be notified when we need a hand with tasks, including research, preparing documents for hearings, drafting education resources and assisting with community workshops. Volunteers generally complete tasks from home or uni, rather than coming into our office.
Volunteers are expected to complete at least two tasks each semester. Click here to sign-up online for on-call volunteering, or print and send a signed Registration Form to us at edotas[at]edotas.org.au.
Project volunteers sign up to be contacted if a large project comes up (e.g. significant law reform submission or organising a conference or similar event). The work would usually be short-term, but require 8-10 hours per week during that time.
Click here to sign-up online for project volunteering, or print and send a signed Registration Form to us at edotas[at]edotas.org.au
Longer term placements:
EDO Tasmania is recognised as a suitable workplace for students to complete the practical placement component of various Legal Practice courses around Australia (2 – 12 weeks).
EDO Tasmania provides comprehensive training, supervision and constructive feedback for all volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jess Feehely on 6223 2770 or by email to discuss how you would like to help out.