Senior Representative, Government Relations

21 Jul, 2020


Senior Representative, Government Relations

The Wilderness Society
Washington, DC


The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in DC to develop and implement strategies and tactics to defend and proactively protect National Forests and other public lands, including advancing just and equitable policies that make our forests part of the solution to the climate and extinction crises.

Reporting to the Director of Government Relations and working in coordination with government relations, communications, agency planning and policy and field staff, the Senior Representative will develop and lead government relations strategies to defend priority National Forest lands and advance proactive and equitable conservation policies. This includes leading TWS’ outreach and education efforts on National Forest issues with key decision makers in Congress as well as engaging with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies.  This person will represent TWS in conservation coalitions, in meetings with decision makers and their staff, and in the media when appropriate.  They also will work to identify and engage new partners to advance organizational priorities.  Additionally, the Senior Representative will analyze legislation, develop education and advocacy materials, draft talking points, and pursue other activities in support of National Forest and other public lands conservation.

This Senior Representative plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Senior Representative will integrate these priorities throughout our public lands defense and National Forest work, including by developing equitable advocacy outcomes and campaign strategies through inclusive processes that bring partners to the table early and give a voice to historically underrepresented communities.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.

The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to united people to protect America’s wild places.  We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors.


  • Develop and lead execution of TWS’s government relations strategies – with Congress and the Administration – to support and advance critical National Forest policies and defend priority forest landscapes as part of highly skilled campaign teams, including communications, science, agency policy and planning, field, and other TWS staff.
  • Support the development of, and lead government relations advocacy strategies to advance, conservation designations, management, and other policy solutions that improve National Forest resilience to climate change, protect natural carbon storage, and otherwise incorporate National Forests as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change.
  • Lead and support TWS’s government relations strategies to defend and advance other conservation priorities, including protection of priority landscapes, public land management policies, and/or bedrock environmental laws.
  • Educate Members of Congress, congressional staff and agency officials on forest and other priority conservation issues; support TWS staff and partners with lobbying and working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with congressional staff.  Build TWS’ national partnerships and engage in forest and public lands coalitions, while working to build more inclusive and diverse coalitions for public lands protection.
  • Analyze public lands legislation and other formal policies in support of TWS’ government relations priorities.
  • Develop fact sheets, talking points and other outreach and advocacy materials; represent TWS with the media where appropriate; and partner with communications staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Experience and Competencies

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience working on policy or advocacy campaigns or a related field.
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender.
  • Strong experience working with elected officials and a solid understanding of the legislative process at the federal level.   Experience working on Capitol Hill preferred.
  • Proven ability to evaluate and analyze legislation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to translate complex policies succinctly and clearly for a public audience and decision makers.
  • Experience working collaboratively within and providing leadership to coalitions and engaging a diverse set of partners.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies and tactics to achieve an advocacy goal.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.


Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position of Senior Representative and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.  TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits

To learn more about our commitment, please see

For consideration, please submit your resume & cover letter through our online application system

Job posted: 2020-07-21