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Federal Affairs Associate – Washington, D.C.

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society

Position Title: Federal Affairs Associate

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Low to mid $30s.

Posted On: February 15, 2013

Organization Overview:

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900’s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congotigers in Indiawolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.

During our 115 years, we have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx ZooNew York AquariumCentral Park ZooProspect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

With a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world’s biodiversity, we address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, we manage more than 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, with more than 200 scientists on staff.

The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, and help the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

Our history, dating back to ensuring the survival of the American bison, inspires our work each day. We hope our work in turn inspires millions to take action to protect the natural resources that are so important to all life on our fragile Earth.


This position reports to the Washington Office Director.

Position Objectives: Work closely with the Washington Office Director and Federal Affairs staff to:

  • Schedule meetings, briefings and events for WCS leadership, WCS experts and the Washington Office Director
  • Provide administrative and office management support to the Washington Office Director
  • Organize and coordinate federal policy messaging and report analytics between the Washington Office Director and the Bronx Zoo-based Online Team
  • Process and track internal billing
  • Draft correspondence and conduct relevant research


  • Conduct regular scheduling for WCS leadership, WCS experts and the Washington Office Director while maintaining a Washington Office Calendar
  • Coordinate briefings, events, receptions and VIP activities
  • Assemble and distribute outgoing correspondence and materials including but not limited to briefing folders, letters, faxes and e-mails
  • Organize and coordinate messaging and report analytics across various social networks with the Bronx Zoo-based Online Team as it relates to federal policy and legislation.
  • Process and track internal billing. Maintain relationships with service/supply vendors and WCS Accounts Payable Office.
  • Maintain reception area and phones duties.
  • Maintain various databases including but not limited to e-mail lists and electronic files.
  • Coordinate Washington Office Metrics.
  • Work on projects at the discretion of the Washington Office Director.


  • Masters degree, preferably in political science or environmental studies
  • At least 2 years experience including Capitol Hill experience
  • Advanced organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

How to Apply: Create a profile on the Wildlife Conservation Society job portal and apply to “Federal Affairs Associate”.

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