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Policy Analyst, Forest Campaign — Washington, D.C.

Organization: Environmental Investigation Agency

Job Title: Policy Analyst, Forest Campaign

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: full time and Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: rolling

Posted On: Dec. 3, 2012

Organization Overview

Since its founding in London in 1984, EIA has pioneered the use of undercover investigative techniques to expose environmental crimes and other abuse against the natural world—using its unique evidence to campaign against illegal logging, illegal wildlife trade
and other environmental threats. Highlights of EIA’s achievements include instigating the 1989 global ban on international elephant ivory trade; the 1992 U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act, limiting U.S. imports of exotic birds; an Indonesian government operation that became the biggest crackdown on illegal logging in history; a historic global agreement signed in Montreal, Canada, to phase out greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 22 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide; and most recently, a precedent-setting U.S. ban on the import and trade of illegally logged timber and associated products. Currently EIA leads a coalition of over 40 environmental, labor and industry groups to support effective implementation of the Lacey Act, the world’s first prohibition on trade in all illegally sourced wood.


The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is seeking a motivated, organized and committed environmentalist to join one of the most dynamic environmental advocacy teams in Washington today. The position is based within the Forest Campaign, which is focused on documenting and exposing illegal logging and associated trade, implementing and strengthening the ground-breaking Lacey Act provisions of 2008, and coordinating with a global network of companies, trade associations, service providers, academics and NGOs to promote legal trade in wood products.


  • Coordinating with partners and creating materials on legal and responsible wood trade for the Forest Legality Alliance (FLA), a joint project with USAID and the World Resources Institute;
  • Conducting outreach and advocacy on Capitol Hill with a broad coalition of partners;
  • Presenting on illegal forest products trade issues at conferences and industry trade shows, nationally and internationally;
  • Gathering and analyzing trade data to facilitate forest crime investigations;
  • Organizing meetings and maintaining communications with key stakeholders in the private sector, government and academia;
  • Coordinating with local partners in tropical forest countries to document illegal logging.


Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience in advocacy and campaigns at the national or international level;
  • A strong interest in natural resource management;
  • Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, across a variety of settings;
  • Close attention to detail;
  • A master’s degree (preferable) or four-year degree
  • Willingness to travel frequently

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Language skills (Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin in particular) as well as experience overseas;
  • Video production and editing skills;
  • Prior working knowledge of the wood products industry;
  • Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to Heidi Wissa at

Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls.

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