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Dec 22 / BARD CEP

Legislative Representative, Public Lands- Washington DC

Organization: National Wildlife Federation Headquarters

Position Title: Legislative Representative, Public Lands

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: not listed


Organization Overview

Are you wild with ambition? Does the desire to achieve come naturally for you? Then you’re a perfect fit for The National Wildlife Federation. As the nation’s largest member-supported conservation organization, which is at the forefront of global warming issues, reconnecting our children with nature, and protecting America’s wildlife and habitat, we’re offering you every advantage to reach beyond your potential. You’ll excel in your role and accomplish goals that you can proudly stand behind, all while helping others move forward in their careers. Join us today and share more than your passion for wildlife. Share our mission to make a difference in the world.


The Legislative Representative will serve as one of the organization’s lead federal advocates on public lands issues, working to advance our priorities with members of Congress and the administration.  Under the direction of the Manager of Federal Advocacy, the Legislative Representative will work closely with NWF’s regional offices, affiliates and other disciplines across the organization including media and grassroots to ensure execution of comprehensive campaigns. He/she will also work to ensure that the federal land management agencies are properly funded and are accounting and planning for climate change, energy development, and other impacts on habitats and wildlife.


Serves as one of NWF’s lead public lands advocates and lobby Congress and federal agencies on priority issues.

  • Must proactively cultivate relationships on Capitol Hill, the Interior Department and other administration officials as needed to protect and restore great western landscapes, achieve reforms of energy and development practices, advance climate change adaptation strategies on public lands, secure funding for key agencies, departments and projects and other public lands and related wildlife issues that arise.
  • Must develop sufficient expertise in subject matter to prepare for congressional hearings and mark-ups, to develop materials to promote agenda with decision makers and serve as resource for Hill and agency staff.
  • Works in collaboration with NWF’s regional offices (particularly the Rocky Mountain Regional Center and Northern Rockies & Pacific Regional Center), state affiliates and staff across the organization to develop and implement public lands priorities.
  • Assists in researching and developing campaign materials, fact sheets, letters, and testimony as well as tracking and analyzing legislation. Position will also support online advocacy efforts including tasks such as updating web content, writing blog posts, and managing social media accounts.
  • Coordinates with colleague organizations in the conservation community, including both environmental and national hunting and fishing groups, on key NWF public lands priorities.
  • An area of emphasis will include engaging and building relationships with NWF’s hunting and angling members and supporters along with the sportsmen and women constituency as a whole.
  • Assists Manager with legislative database, campaign budgets and planning and other matters as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in environmental policy, land management, law or other related topics desirable.



  • At least five years experience working for a non-profit, government agency, congressional office or comparable entity on land conservation or related topics.  Advocacy experience a plus.


  • Knowledgeable of how Congress, the Executive Branch and State Government agencies work.
  • Knowledgeable about federal lands policy and how to use it as a tool to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, well-organized, strong communicator, and have a demonstrated ability to set goals and meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Interested candidates please apply online at

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

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