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Climate and Energy Equity Fellow

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Washington, DC


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May 26, 2023

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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 and territorial affiliates and more than seven million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


Our Climate and Energy team advances domestic policies at the federal, state, and regional levels that curb greenhouse gas emissions, speed an equitable transition to clean energy and industry, and expand natural and technological carbon removal. NWF seeks to grow bipartisan support for short- and long-term action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.


To support our mission, we are seeking a Climate and Energy Equity Fellow to work in our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC, or in the Mid-Atlantic region (with option for remote work). You will provide research and advocacy support for projects throughout our

program portfolio, focused on building team knowledge and efficacy in integrating equity and justice principles and priorities into our work and goals. You will also help the team implement its Environmental Justice Action Plan by tracking activities and facilitating coordination and information sharing. Approximately half of your time will be spent supporting a new Technical Assistance Thriving Community Center (TCTAC) in the Mid-Atlantic by performing research on energy justice/energy equity and drafting educational materials for community-based organizations in the region. This position is part of NWF’s fellowship program. NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00 per hour plus core benefits.


As the Climate and Energy Equity Fellow, you will report directly to the Senior Program Manager, Climate and Energy Policy, and work alongside the rest of the growing team in Washington, DC and around the country.


In this role you will:


  • Research, write, and edit factsheets, blogs, talking points, memos, and issue briefs on energy justice and energy equity for community-based organizations and other audiences (e.g., policymakers, NWF staff and affiliates, industry, and NWF’s online membership).
  • Track federal programs that provide funds to disadvantaged communities to increase access to clean energy and related workforce and economic development.
  • Help identify state and local policymakers, clean energy businesses, and other key decision-makers in the Mid-Atlantic and other key geographies who are potential partners.
  • Help plan and facilitate public events, such as roundtables and webinars, on energy justice/energy equity, and climate change.
  • Track and help manage implementation of the team’s EJ Action Plan to ensure goals are being met, and make recommendations for additional actions.
  • Track and share notes with the team on key federal legislation and regulations pertaining to climate justice and energy equity, and related hearings and briefings.




  • Passion for addressing climate change and energy or environmental injustices in creative and pragmatic ways that allow wildlife and people of all backgrounds to survive and thrive.
  • Excellent research and analytical abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including the ability to clearly synthesize scientific or technical information for a variety of audiences.
  • Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with diverse interests, including environmental justice and Tribal representatives, labor, business, and conservation groups.
  • A demonstrated and documented interest and experience in climate or environmental justice research, policy and/or advocacy. This can include a BA/BS degree in environmental justice, public policy, sustainability, public health, sociology, or a related field, or at least 1-2 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Have interest in being an active participant in the equity journey of a pragmatic national conservation organization that works on both sides of the political aisle.


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.
  • 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


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at


Location and Work Mode:


This position is based out of our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page:


COVID Consideration:


The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Proof of vaccination will be required for employment at the National Wildlife Federation.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page:


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


We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


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

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