Climate and Energy Fellow

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Washington, DC


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This 11-month position offers $16.00 plus core benefits

Published Date

Nov 20, 2020

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is 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, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


We are seeking a Climate and Energy Program Fellow for a full-time 11-month, paid opportunity. This position is based at NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC to support our Climate and Energy team.  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. We seek to grow bipartisan support for short- and long-term congressional action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.


You will report directly to the Senior Coordinator, Climate and Energy, and work alongside the rest of the team in Washington, DC, to perform and synthesize subject-matter research, track congressional activity, expand and update online tools, and produce materials to support our program.


In this role you will:


  • Research, write, and edit reports, brochures, factsheets, blogs, newsletters, presentations, and memos on a variety of climate topics, including: clean energy and industry, climate and energy equity, natural climate solutions, carbon pricing, and infrastructure.
  • Provide general support for climate team advocacy activities to help ensure tactics are completed, which will include drafting content for policymaker, internal, media, and external partner audiences regarding policy, scientific, or other climate issue area developments.
  • Draft social media and online content to inform and engage the Federation’s six million advocates and members.
  • Monitor congressional hearings and briefings and track federal legislation.
  • Help climate team produce or update data-driven charts, maps, and graphics for different target audiences.
  • Perform administrative duties and help with shared office tasks as needed.



  1. Passion for addressing climate change in creative and pragmatic ways that allow wildlife and people of all backgrounds to survive and thrive
  2. Excellent research and analytical abilities
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to clearly synthesize scientific or technical information to different audiences
  4. Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment
  5. Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  6. Sense of humor and collegiality
  7. Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities
  8. BA/BS degree in economics, environmental studies, biology, or related field required, ideally with at least 1 year of relevant experience
  9. Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook
  10. Experience with ArcGIS and basic graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator a plus
  11. Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $16.00 plus core benefits, including leave, health and dental insurance, and the ability to contribute to our retirement plan. 


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 or transsexual 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. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered. If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.


Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Click HERE to apply.