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Adam Kolton Action Fund Fellow

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Washington, DC


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Oct 19, 2021

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.


A sister organization of the National Wildlife Federation, the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility of key conservation issues with voters and elected officials. Through grassroots actions and focused legislative and political campaigns, the Action Fund advocates for solutions to protect, restore, and connect wildlife habitat; transform wildlife conservation; and connect Americans with wildlife. With a network of engaged individuals committed to acting, we can help ensure wildlife thrive.


To support our mission we are hiring for the first Adam Kolton Action Fund Fellow, located in our Washington, DC office. All employees are working remotely while we make return to office decisions, expected to be in early 2022. Adam Kolton was an environmental leader with a deep commitment to our public lands and preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Adam worked at National Wildlife Federation for 15 years, including leading the Washington, D.C. office. During his tenure, Adam revitalized the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund because of his belief that NWF Action Fund could bring together people from all political stripes to protect our nation’s air, land, and water. As our Adam Kolton Action Fund Fellow you will provide an opportunity for the next generation of environmental leaders to gain experience in the political and advocacy process so that they can provide leadership for our public lands and the places that Adam worked so hard to protect.


You will provide day-to-day task and long-term campaign support to the Action Fund team and National Advocacy Center. In this role you will work across many different areas of conservation, including policy, advocacy, education, and community engagement.


The Fellow must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20/hour plus core benefits.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing and carrying out the political work of the Action Fund including:Support in the endorsement process;
    Research candidates records and positions;
    Assist in organizing events, including fundraisers and meet and greets;
    Phonebanking and canvassing for candidates
  • Work with digital team to create content for emails and online platforms including Twitter and Facebook, including elevating public lands issues;
  • Work with the field team to provide support on public lands and Artic issues;
  • Perform other administrative duties as needed and helping with shared office duties


Qualities we are looking for:


  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Experience with digital organizing or fundraising
  • Political or issue campaign experience
  • The ability to work independently and cooperatively across teams and finish projects with minimal supervision
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills, including meeting deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience with lists and databases a plus


Travel Requirements: Some travel with the DC metro area required and potential for 2-3 trips within the United States.


NWF Values:


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:


  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
  • Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at


If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.


The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.


If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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