Conservation Director via Idealist

Izaak Walton League of America

Gaithersburg, MD, US


The Conservation Director serves in a senior position with diverse public policy, management, leadership, and communications responsibilities. The Conservation Director is responsible for planning, oversight, and implementation of the League’s national legislative and public policy agenda and strategies. This position is also responsible for supervising senior staff directing the League’s conservation programs and, in this capacity, playing a leadership role in current and future program development. As a member of the senior management team, the Conservation Director assists in the overall operation of the League, including communications, development, and chapter and member relations. This position is based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, other members of the senior management team, conservation program staff, and the IWLA board, establish the League’s legislative and public policy agenda.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of issue-based legislative, regulatory and other campaigns and develop grassroots advocacy capability and involvement in support of those campaigns.
  • Supervise conservation staff, oversee development and implementation of conservation program budgets, and ensure compliance with lobbying rules.
  • Take a lead role for the League and in the conservation and environmental community on selected high priority issues.
  • Use a team-oriented approach to overseeing conservation programs and developing and implementing new ideas and conservation initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key congressional and federal agency staff.
  • Represent the League on coalitions consistent with advancing the League’s policy agenda.
  • Make periodic visits to the League’s state divisions and chapters.
  • Actively contribute to the League’s internal and external communications efforts, including by supporting member engagement with the media around priority public policy issues.


  • Master’s degree in political science, public policy/administration, natural resource management, or other relevant field.
  • Eight to ten years of senior level experience in legislative, public policy, and advocacy fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation, public land, fish and wildlife, and outdoor recreation issues, policies, and statutes.
  • Demonstrated experience managing professional and administrative staff and preparing and implementing annual budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability working with the media.
  • Ability to establish priorities, think strategically, and independently manage multiple tasks in a high work load environment.
  • Ability to work as a team leader with a diverse array of colleagues and League staff, volunteer leaders, and members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate about complex issues in language that is understandable to and compelling for a general audience.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including for multiple days and overnight.
  • Strong personal commitment to advancing the cause of conservation and natural resource stewardship.


Compensation for the Conservation Director includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience and a generous package of employee and health benefits.