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Communications Coordinator

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Washington, DC or any other of our offices across the country in Reston, VA; Atlanta, GA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Austin, TX; Annapolis, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Montpelier, VT; Los Angeles, CA; or New Orleans, LA.


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May 28, 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, 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.


The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that everyone in America has clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to the daily benefits of nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.


We are looking for a Communications Coordinator to join our team. This position may be based in our office in Washington, DC or any other of our offices across the country in Reston, VA; Atlanta, GA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Austin, TX; Annapolis, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Montpelier, VT; Los Angeles, CA; or New Orleans, LA. (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions.) Reporting to the Director of Communications, you will support the staff of the Communications department as they develop and execute effective integrated strategic campaigns designed to garner earned media for the National Wildlife Federation across all divisions — with a special emphasis on Education, Gardening, Conservation Programs (including Advocacy and Rapid Response), and Special Projects, including public relations outreach for the National Wildlife Federation’s Naturalist.


In this role you will:


  • Support the national communications team through the drafting of press releases, advisories, opinion content, blog posts, social media content, and other materials
  • Enthusiastically pitch stories, interviews, and on-location coverage opportunities to the media and key bloggers even in cold calls
  • Communicate regularly with staff across the organization
  • Help the National Wildlife Federation become an anti-racist organization, including demonstrating self-aware, supporting inclusive and equitable work culture, and committing to building equity competencies
  • Provide communications supports 35% to 50% of time — Garden for Wildlife, Children and Nature, K-12 education and higher education leadership
  • Research public media niches in K-12 education, early childhood, child health, higher education, gardening and community improvement, identify key networks and key outlets
  • Assist in compiling campaign plans and presentations
  • Collaboratively help plan and execute external meetings and events
  • Help track and analyze media placements and associated metrics
  • Field external emails and calls from media and direct them to the proper program and policy staff
  • Provide communications support and other assistance to the National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist, including web updates and media tracking
  • Occasionally will assist staff with their travel plans and expense reports




  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience in communications, journalism, marketing, or related work
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Strong commitment to equity and environmental justice
  • Spanish fluency preferred
  • Basic understanding of media relations and government processes
  • Able to work independently and cooperatively; ability to accomplish projects with little supervision
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills; ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to meet unanticipated needs
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Ability to research and identify niche communications markets in gardening, health and education
  • Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.


This position may consist of some weekend and after-hours work.


You should have an interest in marketing communications within the conservation field and must be someone who can manage multiple projects, work well with others, take initiative, and contribute to a culture of quality, innovation, and passion. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The salary range for this position is currently $45,000-$50,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

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 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 must submit a cover letter and resume.


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

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