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Director of Land Conservation Policy

Job Location

Washington, DC


Type of Job



Low 80s – to low 100s

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Published Date

Jun 21, 2021

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is 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 stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


To support our mission, we are seeking a Director of Land Conservation Policy to join our Land Stewardship Team at the National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until at least September).


In this role, you will be responsible for leading NWF’s work to develop and enact into law, federal policy tools promoting the conservation of private lands. This work will help the United States achieve the national 30 X 30 goal of conserving 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030. The Director of Land Conservation Policy reports to the Associate Vice President for Land Stewardship and will supervise contractors and a Land Conservation Coordinator (to be hired). This position leads the National Wildlife Federation’s work to convene experts, colleague groups, and NWF staff to develop policy proposals, ensure all proposals are equitable and just to underserved communities, bring together broad and diverse coalitions to support and advocate for these proposals, design and implement an advocacy campaign to advance the proposals in Congress and lead NWF’s lobbying on capital hill on this issue. This position is an 18- month, term position with the possibility of extension or of becoming permanent.


Your primary responsibilities will include:


  • Lead the Federation’s work on securing federal policy tools to promote private land conservation, serving as lead lobbyist and campaign director, including coordinating activities with regional offices, affiliates, science team, agriculture policy team, communications, and field teams.
  • Take the lead in hiring and supervising a Land Conservation Policy Coordinator to support the work of the campaign.
  • Work with Associate Vice President for Land Stewardship, Associate Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, Director of Agriculture Policy, the Environmental Justice team to ensure coordination and compatibility with other NWF goals and policy efforts.
  • Develop broad coalitions to help develop and advance land conservation policy tools and represent NWF in these coalitions.
  • Analyze emerging issues associated with land conservation policy and recommends proposed NWF policy positions
  • Take the lead in contracting and supervising outside experts to help provide input into development of policy tools.
  • Work with NWF Communications, field, online, and affiliate affairs staff to develop and oversee implementation of campaign to advance conservation policy tools.




  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred in economics, law, policy, or related field.
  • A minimum of at least 7 years of professional experience, including at least 5 years of policy experience.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate highly technical information for a public audience and for Congressional offices
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills; ability to work well with diverse interests, including hunting and angling groups, environmental groups, land conservation organizations, private sector investors, minority landowner groups, and agricultural and forestry interests
  • Knowledge of legislative process and conservation and/or tax policy
  • Experience lobbying and relationships with key offices
  • Technical knowledge regarding land conservation mechanisms and related federal policy
  • The employee’s actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.


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


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Knowledge and/or experience with tax and real estate policy
  • Experience developing and leading coalitions
  • Supervisory experience


Travel Requirements:


Travel is variable, dependent on funding and opportunities. On average, travel frequency will be around 3-5 times a year.


Compensation and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is low 80s – to low 100s, depending on 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 equity 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 equity and justice 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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