Climate Policy Associate

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Arlington, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Climate change is one of the world’s most urgent challenges and an immediate risk to our communities, economies, and to our conservation mission.  The Nature Conservancy’s climate work is a global effort to promote practical, innovative solutions that protect against climate impacts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and secure a prosperous, clean energy future for everyone. The Nature Conservancy seeks a Climate Policy Associate to support its climate and energy policy agenda.  The Climate Policy Associate will be part of the U.S. Government Relations department and will report to the Director of a U.S. Climate and Energy Policy. 


The Climate Policy Associate plays a key role in supporting public and/or corporate policy advocacy to further The Nature Conservancy’s US Climate Action strategy by providing research and policy analysis, working with external partners, and tracking policies and decisions that directly affect our conservation goals. S/he will serve as a liaison and informational contact between the organization and important public, business, and private partners. S/he has a demonstrated ability to work in teams and manage multiple projects within tight deadlines.  S/he will work with the climate policy team to initiate projects, including policy research, development of advocacy materials, metrics tracking, and support to TNC chapters, as requested and defined by the Director of U.S. Climate and Energy Policy.  S/he also builds and facilitates internal networks, coordinates meetings, agendas, and presentations, manages projects, and conducts other activities in support of the program.  Additionally, this position will coordinate with and provide support to other External Affairs departments as assigned by supervisor.

  • Interest in climate and energy policy.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines, including turning around production of new content quickly.
  • Able to make day to day decisions within the scope of work assignments.
  • Detail oriented and ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting.
  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff. 
  • Financial responsibility to complete projects appropriately and assist with budget development and meeting fundraising goals for local and worldwide conservation.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Works within scope of program’s strategic goals.
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • Provides assistance with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Influences the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives in support of The Nature Conservancy’s US Climate Action strategy.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, partner organizations, and/or industry.
  • Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at two or more of the following levels:  international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government, congressional or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies/congressional offices and the corporate sector.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.  
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in business, sustainability, or fundraising.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.  
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.  
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight. 

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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