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Climate and Energy Program Coordinator

Job Location

Washington, DC


Type of Job



$45,000 to $50,000

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Published Date

Jun 29, 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 53 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 organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Climate and Energy Program Coordinator to join our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.


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. Working in Washington, DC and with regional offices, independent affiliates, and paid organizers in states and territories across the country, NWF is building bipartisan support for short- and long-term congressional solutions on climate, while spurring local action and growing an inclusive climate movement.


In this role, you will help with overall coordination throughout the organization on climate-related activities, primarily on domestic federal policy advocacy in collaboration with teams working on climate adaptation and resilience, agriculture and forestry, environmental justice, and field campaigns. A significant portion of your time will be spent drafting and managing materials generation for policymakers, our online audience, and field organizers, and facilitating communication and information sharing for NWF affiliates seeking background and dialogue on policy issues. Another significant portion of your time will be spent helping manage workflow on domestic advocacy activities. You will also serve as an NWF representative in occasional coalition and policymaker meetings. You will report directly to the Director of Climate and Energy Policy in the National Advocacy Center in DC.


In this role you will:


  • Research, write, and edit content for factsheets, blogs and talking points on climate change, clean energy, climate equity, and wildlife, and help manage materials generation and review by other team members. Take initiative to launch new research and writing projects as needed.
  • Help conceptualize and design infographics and contribute to data mapping tools.
  • Manage team contracts and other agreements, and assist in tracking and updating team budgets and fundraising workflow.
  • Track team advocacy activities to ensure tactics are completed. Recommend additional advocacy engagement regarding policy, scientific, or other climate and energy issue area developments.
  • Draft social media and alert team to opportunities for digital communication; work with digital team to update web content.
  • Track key legislation and hearings, providing summaries for the team. On occasion, draft hill communications such as letters and email blasts, and assist the Policy Director and Senior Government Relations Director by performing direct congressional outreach.
  • Create an NWF internal newsletter on climate program activities and manage content for monthly circulation.
  • Represent NWF with some partners, including attending coalition meetings and engaging NWF affiliates.




You should possess a Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of relevant experience. A Master’s or other advanced degree in environmental policy, government, political science, or environmental economics can count towards relevant experience. Ideally, you will have familiarity with the U.S. political system and have issue advocacy experience, and be skilled at synthesizing and communicating information for policy or advocacy audiences in a compelling and accurate manner. You should be comfortable working in a dynamic team and also independently, and be a go-getter with initiative to get things done.


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your core 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; and
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work.


Travel Requirements:


Once travel restrictions are lifted, there will be minimal travel expected for this position (around 2-3 times per year).




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The salary range for this position is currently $45,000 to $50,000 annually.


The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


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.


Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


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

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