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National Monuments Campaign Representative- Washington DC

Organization: The Wilderness Society

Position Title: National Monuments Campaign Representative

Location: 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC, 20036, US

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: December 13, 2013


Organization Overview

The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory.

The Wilderness Society’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.


The Wilderness Society (TWS), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places, is seeking an experienced full-time National Monuments Campaign Representative to join its Conservation team in Washington, DC.

Reporting to the National Monuments Campaign Manager, the National Monuments Campaign Representative serves in a highly collaborative role as part of the core Wildlands Designations campaign staff working in close coordination with the Government Relations team.  Primary responsibilities include engaging with a cross functional team of campaign, Government Relations, Communications and regional staff to promote and defend National Monuments.  The Representative focuses on defending the Antiquities Act from attempts to weaken it in Congress and building relationships and working closely with members of Congress who will champion it.  Additionally, in coordination with the Government Relations team, this position provides support to our place-based National Monument campaigns by educating targeted members of Congress, Administration officials and their respective staff.  The National Monuments Campaign Representative supports the organization’s efforts to increase our presence on Capitol Hill, increase awareness of our National Monuments designations work and gain support from targeted members.  Lastly, the position will assist with strategic fly-ins and events in Washington, DC.


  • In coordination with the National Monuments Campaign Manager, serves as a core member to the TWS National Monuments Team and plays a lead role in helping to develop and implement strategies for defending the Antiquities Act.
  • Builds and nurtures relationships with Members of Congress and their staff identified as critical in defense of the Antiquities Act and promotion of our nation’s national monuments.
  • Represents TWS in visits to offices on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, cultivating strong relationships with key decision makers.
  • Works with regional staff and partner organizations to generate positive press around national monuments in targeted congressional districts.
  • Builds a trusting working relationship with TWS regional staff to provide support in Washington, DC, for targeted priority designation campaigns and policy initiatives.
  • Serves as liaison with key administration officials to educate and gain support for our designations policy priorities.
  • Develops educational and outreach materials such as draft policies, sign on letters, fact sheets, talking points and other documents in support of TWS designations policy priorities.
  • Collaborates with Communications staff to deliver strategic content in a timely manner.
  • Supports TWS regional staff, local supporters and partners with lobbying and working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, environmental or related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience related to organizing, advocacy campaigns or related work. Direct experience working with Congress is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience as a highly functioning team member.
  • Knowledge of the congressional legislative process and key federal land management agencies and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be pragmatic and solution oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Passion for wild places and enjoy working with a variety of people
  • General knowledge of the federal government, especially the key programs of the federal land management agencies, the operations of the congressional legislative process, and familiarity with the development and execution of issue campaigns.
  • Some travel will be required.  Working hours must be flexible enough to adapt to congressional and other schedules.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas and see them through implementation.
  • Passion for The Wilderness Society’s mission and a commitment to a broad conservation agenda.
  • Campaign oriented, nimble, innovative, adaptive and transparent.
  • Highly collaborative team player.

How to Apply

For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume (as one attachment) to:

The Wilderness Society offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; and a pension plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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