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Communications Fellow

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Reston, VA


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Published Date

Aug 29, 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.


NWF’s Education and Engagement Department implements programs from pre-K through higher education and in communities throughout the country. By working directly with youth, as well as with parents, teachers, and community leaders, these programs aim to develop the next generation of conservationists who can successfully address environmental challenges now and in the future.


NWF is a founding member of the Climate Equity Collaborative™ (CEC). The CEC is a public-private-partnership that engages nontraditional partners, with emphasis on youth and underserved communities, in climate innovation and climate action. Our aim is to engage at the system-level by centering our initiatives on climate education, children’s environmental health, environmental justice, and to construct more on-ramps to the global climate conversation by building impactful partnerships.


We are currently seeking a Communications Fellow who will work across many different areas of conservation, advocacy, education, and community engagement to support the Climate Equity Collaborative and NWF’s Education & Engagement team. The Communications Fellow reports to the Manager of Career Development Programs for the National Education and Engagement program and will also work collaboratively with national and regional Education program staff. You will have significant opportunities for professional development and growth.


NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00 per hour plus core benefits.


In this role you will:


  • Assist the Manager of Career Development Programs with social media content.
  • Assist with the creation of flyers, newsletters, videos and other digital communications and content.
  • In partnership with the Marketing and Creative team, maintain a consistent look and feel across all social media platforms that strictly adheres to NWF brand standards.
  • Ensure all visual content is inclusionary, equitable and upholds NWF's diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values.
  • Commit to centering and amplifying the stories of historically excluded and marginalized groups.
  • Assist the Manager of Career Development Programs with the tracking and analysis of social media metrics to improve performance.
  • Stay current on social media best practices. Understand best practices in web/mobile design and functionality, social media, SEO, digital accessibility, and web analytics.


NWF aims to engage a motivated individual on the ground floor of our CEC public-private-partnership team with the following capacities and interests:


  • Commitment to human health, climate education, equity, innovation, and partnership
  • An interest in social media management and non-profit storytelling
  • Experience with Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and other social media platforms is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with creating and sharing videos, podcasting, and/or other dynamic storytelling content preferred but not required.
  • Strong commitment to professional growth and building strong equity, justice and cross-cultural competencies
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • The ability to work independently and cooperatively across teams and finish projects with minimal supervision
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills, including meeting deadlines
  • Experience with generating communications content that is engaging to audiences from different sectors and backgrounds (e.g., private sector, nonprofits, youth, etc.); or a willingness to learn/improve these skills with support from partners and team members
  • An interest in and commitment to collaborating on cross-cultural storytelling projects (e.g., interviews, podcasting, blog posts, social media posts, etc.) with individuals from different organizations and backgrounds contributing varied levels of communications expertise


Preferred (not required):


  • International competencies (language skills and/or time abroad)
  • Willing to occasionally travel internationally, nationally, and regionally


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.
  • 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


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at


Location and Work Mode:


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 the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page:


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.


For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page:


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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