Policy Associate

13 Jan, 2021


Policy Associate

The Nature Conservancy
Arlington, VA


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.



The Policy Associate coordinates and implements internal initiatives such as organizational knowledge management, internal procedures, internal networks and project coordination. They will also support the Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by serving as a liaison and informational contact between the organization and outside agencies or companies. The Policy Associate also provides administrative support, research, organizing and general office support to managers and the North America Policy & Government Relations team of The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs department.


The Policy Associate builds and facilitates internal networks, coordinates meetings, agendas, and presentations, and conducts other activities in support of a program and/or manager. works on a variety of activities, which may include organizing, maintaining, and tracking files, and databases. The Associate is responsible for running reports, preparing for meetings, including research, preparing briefings for senior leadership, and coordinating meeting logistics.  The Associate also assists in maintaining the team’s intranet website, drafting and editing general correspondence, and basic team administrative support. This may include independent research on public policy, legislative tracking, and other issues related to the work of The Nature Conservancy and the Government Relations Team. They will also assist with coordinating TNC members and grassroots organizations in support of TNC legislative priorities, planning and carrying out special events, writing and editing general correspondence, policy summaries and memorandums.  Support senior staff in preparing for meetings, events and conferences, helping to create presentations and other preparation activities.  The Associate may also attend and participate in meetings representing the Nature Conservancy. The Policy Associate may serve as a point of contact to inform Conservancy partners and elected and appointed officials of Conservancy policy and positions. They help to develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance The Nature Conservancy’s ’s conservation agenda.  They may organize grass roots efforts to mobilize constituents on legislative/business priorities.


  • Produces communications related to legislative campaigns, policy research, and correspondence (letters, memos, factsheets for congressional members)
  • Supervises no staff but may assist to oversee the work of volunteers or interns.
  • Financial responsibility which may include developing and working within a budget, processing check requests, and completing travel expense reports.
  • May provide research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • May provide assistance with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Works independently, working with supervisor on complex matters as needed.
  • Makes independent decisions within the scope of work assignments.



  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination.
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience writing and editing broad communications for internal and external audiences.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies.
  • Experience interacting with senior leadership in a professional manner.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience producing communications related to legislative campaigns, policy research, and correspondence (letters, memos, factsheets for congressional members)
  • Ability to organize time and manage diverse activities.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience building networks, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, business, or sustainability.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Some supervisory experience.


To apply to position number 49278, submit resume (required) and cover letter via www.nature.org/careers. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 3, 2021.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.


The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.


Job posted: 2021-01-13