Western Policy Associate
The Nature Conservancy - United States

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The Conservation Campaigns Team’s Western Policy Associate will assist Senior Conservation Campaigns Staff in planning and implementing state and local public finance and policy campaigns and legislative initiatives, and public education programs in the Western United States. Specific responsibilities will include: serving as a liaison and informational contact between The Nature Conservancy, state, county, local coalitions; working with states to implement activities such as polling, feasibility research and needs assessment documents to advance state and local funding and policies; providing research and policy analysis support for Senior Campaign Advisors and Director of Conservation Campaigns; supporting the development of strategic winnable ballot measure campaigns; managing internal staff relationships and external consultant contracts; and participating in internal and external trainings. Travel is required. This position will be located in any major hub in the Western United States where there is a TNC office.

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy or other relevant field and 2 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, and policy initiatives at the state\and local levels.
  • Experience writing and editing voter outreach materials, grant proposals and campaign plans.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, government relations or related field and 2-4 years experience, including experience working with legislative, ballot or issue campaigns. Equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable.
  • General knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to ballot measures and thorough grasp of tools necessary to design successful campaigns particularly in the Western US.
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects. Meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet. Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


To apply to position number 41254, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 19, 2013.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process

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