The Pennsylvania Field Representative will work with TRCP’s Chief Conservation Officer to organize and advance the voice of hunters and anglers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania around initiatives to improve the health and vitality of the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. The position is responsible for the strategic and tactical leadership and issue-based advocacy in the Commonwealth to influence public policy via the following three-pronged approach:
- Promoting science-based conservation and policy
The TRCP takes a science-based approach to conservation that balances sportsmen/women and outdoor recreation access with responsible management of public and private lands.
- Building coalitions and empowering leaders from the sportsmen-conservation community and beyond
The TRCP builds constituencies to find solutions to land and water-use challenges and works with hunters and anglers and the conservation and outdoor recreation community to provide public access to fish and wildlife resources, conserve habitat, and fund conservation programs.
- Implementing public education campaigns and conservation advocacy
The TRCP uses public education tools to effectively advance public policy in Congress and the executive branch, as well as within state legislatures and state fish and wildlife and environment agencies, through strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, media generation, civic involvement, and scientific research.
- Build relationships with existing hunting and fishing organizations and grassroots sportsmen and women in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the goal of developing approaches to improve fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and access for hunters and anglers.
- Engage Pennsylvania hunting and angling organizations, TRCP partners, and other watershed-focused Pennsylvania coalitions to identify and work toward shared public policy positions.
- Help create state-specific education materials that highlight the social and economic benefits of hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and distribute these materials to allies and decision-makers.
- Identify opportunities to expand current state funding sources for conservation, water quality protection, and outdoor recreation access in close coordination with the Governor’s office, state agencies, hunting and fishing organizations, and regional and local businesses.
- Organize, and in some cases host, briefings for sportsmen/women and conservation organizations, members of the media, and grassroots hunters and anglers about the important role of the hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation industry in Pennsylvania, including the economic benefits to communities and local economies.
- Develop communications strategies and effective messaging for important briefings, meetings, and other outreach events, in close coordination with the TRCP Chief Conservation Officer and Communications staff.
- Work with the TRCP’s communications staff to generate strategically appropriate press coverage through media cultivation, story pitches, letters to the editor, editorials, sportsmen-specific publications, social media and online channels, and other activities within mainstream media.
- Build and maintain relationships with key decision makers within the state, creating champions for the sportsmen/women’s agenda to restore and maintain healthy rivers.
- This position will require travel within the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. • A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and at least 4 years of experience, including work on hunting, fishing, and conservation issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and participation in state agency rulemaking proceedings, including notice and comment processes, especially related to water quality;
A successful candidate will possess:
- Expertise on Pennsylvania water management issues and the policy making process;
- Experience in government/legislative affairs, grassroots advocacy, issue campaigning or employment with sportsmen or conservation non-governmental organizations and/or government water resources or natural resource management agencies;
- Proven leadership and ability to think strategically and build consensus on complicated policy initiatives;
- Experience coordinating coalitions and collaborating with diverse interests to accomplish shared goals;
- Experience writing, negotiating, and advocating for the passage of federal and/or state legislation, either as an executive or legislative branch, non-profit or industry association staff member;
- Experience advocating for policies and positions to federal and/or state agency staff and political appointees;
- Experience with federal and/or state budgeting and an understanding of the perspectives of federal and/or state agencies and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly authorizers and appropriators;
- Ability to work with the TRCP team, including program, communications, government relations, and development staff, and in coalition with partners and allies, including unconventional allies;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing and giving testimony, writing grant applications, comments, blog posts, and media releases;
- Superior writing, editing, and research skills including compiling information from divergent sources;
- Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail;
- Interest in being part of a fun and nimble policy team; and
- A passion for hunting, fishing, and natural resource conservation.
The Salary starts at $58,000 and is commensurate with experience; excellent health care and vacation benefits are included. The TRCP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a remote, work from home position and travel (post-COVID) is required in Pennsylvania and occasionally to the TRCP DC Office and other areas in which the organization works.
Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation vision, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) aims to guarantee all Americans access to quality places to hunt and fish. Founded in 2002, the TRCP is the largest coalition of conservation organizations in the country, uniting and amplifying the voices of sportsmen and women by convening hunting and fishing groups, conservation organizations, and outdoor businesses to a common purpose. The organization now includes 60 partner groups, scores of businesses, and more than 115,000 individuals united around America’s conservation legacy. The TRCP has earned a strong reputation for providing nonpartisan policy advocacy—in Washington D.C. and across the nation—to strengthen broad-based conservation efforts, protect wildlife and fish habitat, and ensure public access to natural resources.
To apply for this position, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Pennsylvania Field Representative.” The position will remain open until filled.