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Jun 11 / BARD CEP

Government Relations Representative for Energy, The Wilderness Society – Washington, DC

Organization: The Wilderness Society

Position Title: Government Relations Representative for Energy

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: 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 a full-time Government Relations Representative for Energy to join its Government Relations team in Washington, DC.

Reporting directly to the Government Relations Director for Energy, this role will serve as a core member of the Government Relations team and the Energy & Climate Campaign team, and be a resource to the organization on issues that pertain to energy development on federal public lands.

The Government Relations Representative for Energy performs a highly collaborative role, meeting the fast-paced needs of a campaign in providing timely outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration. He/she works in an integrated fashion with other TWS staff including government relations, regional offices, policy and research, and communications. In addition, this position plays a coordinating role with other outside partner groups and may be called upon to conduct research and communications for current issues as needed.


  • Represents TWS in visits to offices on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, cultivating strong relationships with key decision makers to advance TWS campaign outcomes.
  • Acts as a liaison with other DC-based partner groups to coordinate activities to ensure energy issues are comprehensively addressed.
  • Develops and maintains close working relations with select regional offices.
  • Works in collaboration with Communications staff to deliver strategic content in a timely manner.
  • Works with Government Relations staff and Energy & Climate Campaign teams to identify and implement priorities for the energy campaign with Congress and the Administration.
  • Prepares policy memos, action alerts, briefing papers, public testimony, lobby materials and other written material.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, environment, or related field.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in policy, media relations, journalism, campaign work or a related field. Previous advocacy or legislative policy experience, including working on Capitol Hill or with the Administration, is preferred.
  • Knowledge of public lands policies and the statutory framework of public lands management is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to connect with a general audience.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with using current technology in researching energy issues, ability to distill economic information, land management policies, and legislative language into plain English, condensed documents.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation.
  • Supportive of the mission of the organization and commitment to a broad conservation agenda. Experience working on western public lands and/or wildlife issues a plus.
  • 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:

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