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Climate and Energy Program Fellow

Job Location

Washington, DC


Type of Job



$20.00 per hour

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Published Date

Jan 18, 2022

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) 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. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world, and the Federation is committed to inspiring all people around our shared love of nature and wildlife by creating a welcoming and inclusive community.


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 congressional action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.


To support our mission, we are seeking a Climate and Energy Program Fellow to work in our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions). The Fellow will provide research and advocacy support for projects throughout our program portfolio, focused on federal policy. 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 Program Fellow will report directly to the Senior Director, Climate and Energy Policy, 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, factsheets, blogs, newsletters, presentations, and memos on a variety of climate topics, including: clean energy, climate and energy equity, natural climate solutions, industrial decarbonization, and carbon pricing.
  • Provide general support for climate team advocacy activities to help ensure tactics are completed, which will include drafting content and assisting with events 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 about climate topics.
  • 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 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 to different 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
  • A demonstrated and documented interest and experience in climate research, policy and/or advocacy. This can include a BA/BS degree in economics, environmental studies, biology, or related field, or at least 1-2 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook
  • Experience with ArcGIS and basic graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator a plus


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


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. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in early 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition to join 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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