Ocean Policy Fellow

 (via Idealist)
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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About the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) 

NCEL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers a nonpartisan network of state environmental leaders to protect, conserve, and improve the natural and human environment.

We believe that the key to advancing sound policy in the states is well-informed legislatures with environmental champions who can advocate on behalf of the environment, develop shared strategies, and collaborate with their peers across the country on shared learning and action. NCEL does not lobby for the enactment or defeat of any state or federal legislation.

Position Overview 

NCEL is currently seeking a one-year Ocean Policy Fellow to advance NCEL’s state policy work on ocean and coastal threats and resilience. Their primary policy focus will be on curbing offshore drilling, preserving marine ecosystems, and enhancing coastal resilience. Much of this work will take place by organizing and administering NCEL’s Coastal Caucus.

This position will require about 25% travel when regular travel resumes. The ideal candidate will be an outgoing network-builder who enjoys outreach and collaboration. They will have a passion for policy advancement and be highly skilled at verbal and written communications. They will enjoy planning webinars, organizing strategy sessions, hosting in-person issue briefings, and collaborating with advocacy partners on shared environmental goals.

Activities & Responsibilities


  • Phone, email, and in-person outreach to state legislators to support policy work.
  • Recruitment of state lawmakers to join the network.
  • Curation and dissemination of issue-specific information sheets and email alerts.
  • Facilitate information-sharing and coaching among Coastal Caucus members.
  • Collaboration with key local, state, and national NGO partners. 

Policy Research 

  • Track and analyze legislative trends and share updates with NCEL’s network and key allies. 
  • Develop materials including fact sheets and briefing books on specific issues. 
  • Development of website content including legislative spotlights and blog posts related to policy developments

Meetings and Events 

  • Organize large events to convene legislators around ocean and coastal issues. 
  • Work with partner organizations to plan local events such as in-state meetings or site tours related to program work. 
  • Conduct visits to state capitols during the legislative session to meet with legislators and host briefings. 
  • Follow-up with legislators after meetings and events and provide continued support.
  • Represent NCEL at advocacy coalition meetings. 


  • Commitment to principles of environmental justice and a just and equitable transition.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.
  • At least two years of experience in policy or political organizing.
  • Experience working with elected officials and/or on campaigns is preferred.
  • Experience planning and executing events. Experience coordinating online events a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research skills and experience translating complex information into an engaging format.
  • Working knowledge of policies related to coastal management, offshore energy, and water quality.
  • Must be skilled in Microsoft Office Suite products, Google applications, and basic database management.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting is essential.
  • Ability to work remotely and collaborate with colleagues in other states. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to events across the country.
  • A law degree or legal expertise is a plus, but not required.


The salary for this one-year fellowship will be $50,000. Includes health and dental insurance, retirement, and transit benefits.

To Apply

Please send a single PDF document with your resume, brief cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to NCEL at info@ncel.net with the subject line “OCEAN FELLOW”. All communications will be treated confidentially. The deadline to apply is COB November 15, 2020.

NCEL is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically underrepresented, including but not limited to women and people of color. NCEL makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. NCEL does not lobby for or against any state or federal legislation.