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Climate and Energy Policy Fellow

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Washington, DC


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Apr 7, 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 policy action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.

To support our mission, we are seeking a Climate and Energy Policy Fellow to work in our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. You will provide policy research and advocacy support for projects throughout our program portfolio, with 75% of your time focused on offshore wind and wildlife policy, and the remainder on clean energy transmission.


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.


The Climate and Energy Policy Fellow will report directly to the Offshore Wind Program Wildlife Policy Specialist, and work closely with the rest of the Climate and Energy team to perform and synthesize subject-matter research, track legislative and regulatory activity, and produce materials to support our policy positions and advocacy.


In this role you will:


  • Research, write, and edit factsheets, blogs, presentations, and memos on key policy topics, including: offshore wind energy, clean energy transmission, carbon capture, and carbon removal.
  • Track and help prepare responses to federal and state agency regulatory actions.
  • Monitor congressional hearings and briefings and track federal legislation.
  • Summarize policy developments in key states.
  • Join coalition meetings and help represent NWF’s positions while actively listening to and seeking common ground with others.
  • Draft content and assist with events for policymaker audiences.
  • Perform administrative duties and help with program coordination and shared office tasks as needed.




  • Passion for addressing climate change 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 ability to clearly synthesize scientific or technical information for different audiences.
  • Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • A demonstrated and documented interest and experience in climate or clean energy research, policy, and/or advocacy. This can include a BA/BS degree in policy, economics, biology, environmental studies, or related field, or at least 1-2 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.


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.


Location and Work Mode:


This position will be based in 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 in the office, or in a hybrid manner, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


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.


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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