Legislative Advocate

04 Jul, 2021


Legislative Advocate

Environment America
Washington, DC

Environment America is seeking a Legislative Advocate to promote our federal global warming solutions and clean energy policy agenda in Congress and to the Biden administration.

As our Legislative Advocate, you’ll work with our global warming team, and other program teams as needed, to advocate for:

  • Strong vehicle emissions standards for cars, trucks and buses
  • Clean energy tax incentives to grow renewable energy industries like wind and solar
  • Expansion of offshore wind projects
  • Policies that increase access to walking, biking and public transportation
  • A strong and comprehensive environment first legislative agenda that includes protecting public lands from oil and gas drilling and other conservation issues

Environment America is a policy and action group with more than 2 million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. Our staff have been working for nearly four decades to promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water. With affiliates in 29 states, we run campaigns that not only raise awareness, but win results on the national stage, in states and cities, on the ballot and in the courtroom.

Representative Responsibilities

Build a team:

  • You will be part of a DC-based team of advocates and campaign staff to advance our policy goals. Advocates may serve as mentors or supervisors to less experienced staff.
  • Participate in recruitment and make hiring recommendations for the DC team.

Represent Environment America and advance our strategy in the Capitol:

  • Develop and advance our federal strategy on electric buses and cars, expanding clean energy like wind and solar and other key issues.
  • Develop strong and collaborative relationships with federal agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals.
  • Seek out and identify policy opportunities related to our issue portfolio and make recommendations regarding policy positions and messaging.
  • Work with your team to develop materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, fact sheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations.

Fundraise from charitable foundations and individual donors to support our program:

  • Meet with foundation staff and donors to pitch projects for funding.
  • Work with your team to write and submit grant proposals.


You are:

  • An experienced campaign advocate, campaign staffer or grassroots organizer with at least 3 years of team building and/or coalition building,
  • An effective communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills. Experience with traditional media or digital communications is a plus,
  • Creative and effective at solving complex problems, a strategic thinker who can take advantage of new opportunities,
  • A people person and good listener with a track record of successful access-building,
  • Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals,
  • Able to oversee significant projects and have excellent judgement and discretion,
  • Passionate about nature, solving the climate crisis and using the power of grassroots organizing to win campaigns.

Additional helpful experience:

  • Experience in a legislative office within Congress, a state legislature, or with an environmental or public health advocacy organization is a plus but not required.
  • Fundraising experience, particularly in grant-seeking from charitable foundations.


Washington, DC


Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.

You’ll join a great team of dozens of organizers, advocates, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others with a record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies that are making a real difference in people’s lives.

Environment America has an excellent training program. Our experienced trainers are experts in policy, campaign planning, fundraising and working with the media.

To Apply

Please direct your cover letter to Kate Canada, Hiring Director.

Things To Know When You Apply

Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.



Job posted: 2021-07-04