Senior Manager, Public Lands Policy

Job Type

Full Time




1200 G Street Northwest
Suite 900
District of Columbia
United States


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state and territorial affiliates and some six million members and supporters nationwide. The Federation's programs are aimed at conserving wildlife, restoring important habitats and waterways, defending clean air and water, protecting public lands, expanding outdoor opportunities for all, and connecting children with nature.  To meet our mission we are seeking a Sr. Manager, Public Lands Policy to join our staff, working out of our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. 

In this role you will champion the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands agenda in Congress and executive branch agencies in Washington. You will serve as the organization’s lead federal lobbyist on public lands issues, tracking legislation and agency policy, and working to advance our priorities with members of congress and the administration. You will be an integral member of our cross-organizational public lands and energy team and will work particularly closely with NWF’s regional offices, affiliates, and other disciplines across the organization.  Your areas of focus will include: policy threats to keeping public lands in public domain; curbing unbridled fossil fuel energy development on public lands; protecting and enhancing important landscapes critical for wildlife; protecting and expanding protected lands designations, such as national monuments, wilderness or wildlife refuges; advocating for adequate funding for conservation programs in relevant agencies; protecting keystone environmental laws; and working with a diverse community of coalitions. You will also work with a NWF team to ensure stewardship of grants, funder relationships, and pursuing new grant opportunities.  

You will report to the Associate Vice President for Public Lands (based in the West) and work in close coordination with the Vice President for Conservation Strategy in DC.

In this role you will:

  • Serve as NWF’s chief lobbyist and advocate in Congress and federal agencies for public lands protections and policies around energy extraction on public lands. Must strategically cultivate relationships on Capitol Hill, the Interior Department and with other administration officials as needed.  Must develop sufficient expertise in subject matter to prepare for congressional hearings and mark ups, hill blasts, media and action alert talking points, and serve as a go-to resource for Hill and agency staff. 
  • Coordinate strategy with and provide NWF leadership among colleague organizations and coalitions in conservation communities.
  • Work in collaboration with NWF’s regional offices/affiliates to implement public lands agenda and define key opportunities for NWF leadership on the Hill, informed by the work of staff and affiliates across the country. Assist coordination with core advocacy teams (i.e. online, communication, field) to advance NWF’s public lands goals. Assist in the preparation and deployment of NWF’s CEO in this work as priority dictates.
  • Assist team with NWF administrative/institutional management duties and grants stewardship.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degrees in environmental policy, land management, law or other related topics desirable, but not required.
  • Extensive experience working for a non-profit, government agency, congressional office or comparable entity on conservation or related topics. Advocacy experience a plus.
  • Strong knowledge on how Congress, the Executive Branch and state government agencies work.
  • Knowledgeable about federal lands policy can protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Strategic thinker, well organized, engaged communicator, and have demonstrated ability to set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Emotionally intelligent.
  • Ability to work well and effectively with others in pressured environment, without drama.
  • Humor a plus.
  • Capable of engaging and bolstering marginalized voices in advocacy.
  • Embodies NWF institutional values of collaboration, empowerment, inclusivity, mindfulness and mission focus.

There will be travel in this role, approximately 4-6 times per year, 12-15 nights per year.

We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, and religious and political belief. Diversity at the National Wildlife Federation translates into understanding and valuing each other's perspectives.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including a 16 week paid FMLA, generous leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

If you are interested you should submit both a cover letter and resume.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree