Local recruitment: Water Policy Analyst via LinkedIn

New Mexico Wild

Albuquerque, NM, USA 🇺🇸

New Mexico Wild seeks a passionate and affable conservation advocate to expand our legislative and policy capacity as a Water Policy Analyst. The position will entail working closely with New Mexico Wild staff, legislators, community stakeholders, and organizational partners to advocate for protection of New Mexico’s precious natural resources, with an emphasis on rivers and watersheds. Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] to apply.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Water Policy Analyst will support the strategic engagement of New Mexico Wild in legislative policy and community organizing activities to promote the conservation of New Mexico’s wilderness, wildlife, and water. This position will focus on protecting New Mexico’s rivers, surface waters, and watersheds, in conjunction with our public lands and wildlife conservation efforts. The Water Policy Analyst will also support the position and expansion of New Mexico Wild’s Mission by grassroots organizing in our diverse partnerships with community groups and organizations with shared interests in land, water, and wildlife. Program activities will be approached with consideration towards diversity, equity, and inclusion and will be coordinated with our local community-based offices to ensure cohesion and collaboration across our conservation initiatives.


Support State Policy and Legislative Efforts, Community Organizing

● Work closely with Policy Director, Staff Attorney, Communications staff, and key partners to monitor and analyze policies and decisions related to water and lands protection opportunities.

● Collaborate internally to help develop an organizational strategy and implementation plan for these priorities.

● Prepare white papers, fact sheets, comments, letters, and other materials aimed at advancing and defending New Mexico Wild’s policy agenda.

● Participate in coalitions in priority landscapes, especially relating to water protection.

● As appropriate, support organizational efforts to identify and coordinate strategic partners and elected officials towards developing and passing policies and legislation.

● Attend public meetings, such as state legislative meetings or public comment hearings, and develop good working relationships with key stakeholders.

● In cooperation with communications staff, initiate media outreach to create awareness and promote New Mexico Wild priorities through all media outlets. As appropriate, write content for submission to publications, social media, websites, media, and to our membership.

● Keep current on water management issues and the associated political dynamics.

● Lead grassroots organizing efforts to generate public comments and participation at public meetings to influence state and federal agency decisions and plans.


● Passion for wilderness and land and water conservation.

● 3 years of relevant education or work experience in policy advocacy, organizing, and establishing relationships with a diverse array of community and organizational partners.

● Excellent and sociable communicator in group settings with public officials.

● Strong written communication skills with the ability to simply communicate policy to New Mexico Wild members and the public.

● People person and skilled networker who will be able to meaningfully connect with legislators and New Mexico Wild volunteers alike.

● Ability to balance working on multiple issue areas pertaining to lands and water.

● A commitment to working with, and uplifting the voices of, traditional communities throughout the state.

● Able to travel to legislative meetings anywhere in New Mexico appx. 5-8 times per year.

● Experience or willingness to learn about state and federal environmental grants.

● Educational experience in natural resources, environmental science, political science, or policy, or related field.

The successful candidate for this job will be smart, affable, and excited to both work with and learn from coalitions and communities. They will be expected to work independently and as an effective member of teams and coalitions, with a passion for protecting public lands and waters. Across our team, we aspire to be results oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.


POSITION TITLE: Water Policy Analyst


REPORTS TO: Policy Director

TYPE: Full time

LOCATION: In office/Work from home hybrid position based in Albuquerque, New Mexico

SALARY RANGE: $53,000-$63,000


  • Generous Holiday and Paid Time Off Policy
  • Health insurance
  • Dental and vision
  • Retirement 503b Matching
  • Life and Long Term Disability Insurance

Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] to apply.


The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (doing business as “New Mexico Wild”) was founded in 1997. New Mexico Wild is an independent, grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to conserving New Mexico’s public lands, wild places, waters, and wildlife. With staff, directors of the board, volunteers and dues-paying members in every corner of the state, we have the local ties, expertise, credibility, political access and organizing chops to effectively defend and proactively protect our most special public lands. New Mexico Wild has demonstrated success assembling broad coalitions of diverse stakeholders and nurturing local voices to participate and lead place-based conservation efforts and issue advocacy. Our model of collaboration cultivates credible local messengers and provides them with the tools and resources to articulate the values to be protected and creates the political and strategic framework around which successful campaigns are built. We are well positioned to apply our hard-won experience to today’s profoundly challenging political environment to build upon past conservation victories.

New Mexico Wild is a statewide, non-governmental grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to conserving federal public lands in New Mexico. New Mexico Wild is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability or sexual orientation.