Senior Government Relations Representative


The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in DC to develop and implement strategies and tactics to defend and proactively protect National Forests and other public lands and to defend bedrock conservation laws, policies, and programs.

Reporting to the Senior Managing Director for Government Relations and working in coordination with government relations, communications, agency planning and policy and field staff, the Senior Representative will develop and lead government relations strategies to defend priority National Forest lands and policies and other conservation priorities. This includes leading TWS’ outreach and education efforts on National Forest issues with key decision makers in Congress as well as engaging with federal agencies.  This person will represent TWS in conservation coalitions, in meetings with decision makers and their staff, and in the media when appropriate.  They also will work to identify and engage new partners to advance organizational priorities.  Additionally, the Senior Representative will analyze legislation, develop education and advocacy materials, draft talking points, and pursue other activities in support of National Forest and other public lands conservation.

This Senior Representative plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Senior Representative will integrate these priorities throughout our public lands defense and National Forest work, including by developing advocacy outcomes and campaign strategies through inclusive processes that bring partners to the table early and give a voice to historically underrepresented communities.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset. 


The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors. 


  • Develop and lead execution of TWS’s government relations strategies – with Congress and the Administration – to defend critical National Forest policies and priority forest landscapes as part of highly skilled campaign teams, including communications, science, agency policy and planning, field, and other TWS staff.
  • Lead and support TWS’s government relations strategies to defend and advance other conservation priorities, including protection of priority landscapes, public land management policies, and/or bedrock environmental laws.
  • Support TWS efforts to develop and advance designations, management, and other policy solutions that improve National Forest resilience to climate change and otherwise incorporate National Forests as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change.
  • Educate Members of Congress, congressional staff and agency officials on forest and other priority conservation issues; support TWS staff and partners with lobbying and working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with congressional staff. Build TWS’ national partnerships and engage in forest and public lands coalitions, while working to build more inclusive and diverse coalitions for public lands protection.
  • Analyze public lands legislation in support of TWS’ government relations priorities.
  • Develop fact sheets, talking points and other outreach and advocacy materials; represent TWS with the media where appropriate; and partner with communications staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Experience and Competencies

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience working on policy or advocacy campaigns or a related field.
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender.
  • Strong experience working with elected officials and a solid understanding of the legislative process at the federal level. Experience working on Capitol Hill preferred.
  • Proven ability to evaluate and analyze legislation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to translate complex policies succinctly and clearly for a public audience and decision makers.
  • Experience working within and providing leadership to coalitions and engaging a diverse set of partners.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies and tactics to achieve an advocacy goal.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.


Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces.
  • Ability to be an effective and resourceful advocate with Hill staff and members of Congress to develop new support.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a fun and collegial but occasionally stressful atmosphere.
  • Strong knowledge of National Forest issues and conservation policy preferred.

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


As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.


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