Job Opening: Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf Coast Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

12.15.2014 | In Economics, Uncategorized

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf Coast Restoration to join our staff in Washington, DC. In this role you will advocate on behalf of NWF’s Gulf Coast Restoration and Mississippi Delta Restoration (MRD) programs to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area to greater resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, human-caused erosion, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and to coastal communities.

This includes leading the national portion of the National Wildlife Federation’s campaigns to secure authorization and federal funding for restoring Coastal Louisiana and to direct funds from the BP oil spill to the restoration of coastal areas Gulf-wide. This position will also work, to a lesser extent, on the broader goals of Everglades restoration as it relates to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senior Policy Specialist will work in concert with NWF’s team in Louisiana, with the Gulf Team in the other Gulf states, with NWF’s partner organizations in both campaigns and with NWF’s national restoration team. This position will be NWF’s key voice advocating to the federal government and members of Congress on behalf of NWF’s Gulf restoration and MRD priorities, and in particular for the use of all post-BP oil spill funds to advance those priorities.

In this role you will:

  • Advocate for NWF’s and MRD campaign priorities to Congress and the Administration. This includes campaign’s priorities with Congress and the Administration on RESTORE implementation and authorizations through WRDA and appropriations. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Advocate for NWF’s Gulf restoration priorities, particularly regarding the use of post-BP oil-spill funds, to Congress and the Administration. Work with the Gulf Restoration Director to identify NWF’s restoration priorities. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Integrate coastal Louisiana and Gulf campaigns with other NWF national programs and interests, engaging in National Advocacy Center meetings, supporting overlapping institutional priorities and collaborating with on-line, communications, lobby team and other key staff to advance agenda. Advocate for and otherwise support key policy reforms that will better protect people, communities, and wildlife, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Candidates must have at least 7 years progressively responsible experience required in helping develop and implement advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media, and environmental advocacy. Congressional experience and/or pertinent federal agency experience preferred.
  • Must be knowledgeable of how Federal agencies and Congress work.
  • Must know how to use water restoration laws, programs and policies as a tool to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, well organized, strong communicator, and have a demonstrated ability to set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess ability to work collaboratively with others.

There will be travel involved in this role – approx. six trips per year and some weekend work may be required.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

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