Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation’s mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
NWF’s Texas Coast and Water Program is seeking a One Water and Water Equity Fellow for a full-time, 11-month paid opportunity, in our Austin, Texas office. You will report directly to the Director of the Texas Coast and Water Program and work alongside the rest of the team to support programmatic objectives focused on innovative water management in the Texas Hill Country and Central Texas, water affordability, and supporting the needs of historically underserved communities on the frontlines of climate change. In addition to working with the NWF team, you will join the Texas Living Waters Project – NWF’s collaborative effort with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Galveston Bay Foundation, and the Hill Country Alliance to conserve and protect Texas’ water resources for people and wildlife.
In this role you will:
- Gain working knowledge of the One Water movement, it’s implementation in Texas cities, and NWF’s work to advance its implementation to date. Connect with the U.S. Water Alliance to build a network focused on water equity goals around the country.
- Conduct a landscape analysis of the state of water affordability in the Texas Hill Country and Central Texas, including case studies from other cities in Texas and across the country. Activities leading up to the analysis include conducting research and interviews, drafting and going through an internal and external editing process, and potentially presenting on findings at meetings with partners, webinars, and other venues as appropriate.
- Explore the nexus between the City of Austin’s Water Forward Plan (representing the city’s implementation of One Water) and affordable housing in Austin. This task will require research, writing, networking, and may result in a public-facing document or memo-style document for internal use with partners.
- Help the Texas Living Waters team develop state and local-level policy recommendations focused on water equity.
- Engage with the Hill Country Conservation Network as they develop a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan.
- Provide general support for NWF’s Texas Coast and Water Program and the Texas Living Waters Project related to advocacy and outreach activities.
- Work with the communications manager to draft social media and online content to inform and engage followers of the Texas Living Waters Project and NWF online activists.
- Perform administrative duties and help with shared tasks as needed.
- Passion for creating equitable and environmentally sound water policy with communities.
- Excellent research and analytical abilities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (Spanish fluency a plus but not required), including ability to clearly synthesize technical information for different audiences.
- Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment.
- Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
- Sense of humor and collegiality.
- Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities.
- BA/BS degree in environmental studies, political science, or related field required.
- Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.
- Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00/hour plus core benefits, including leave, health and dental insurance, and the ability to contribute to a retirement plan.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.
The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered. If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.
Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.