Legislative Coordinator

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

The National Advocacy Center (NAC), located in DC, is searching for a Legislative Coordinator to join our team. The NAC serves as the epicenter of the National Wildlife Federation's national campaign work.  By bringing lobbying, policy and legal expertise together with grassroots, online outreach and communications specialists, the NAC is able to help mobilize NWF assets to address the most pressing wildlife conservation challenges. 

As the Legislative Coordinator you will primarily support the Senior Director of Government Affairs, who is charged with leading the planning, development, and execution of engagement with Congress and the executive branch to educate, advise, and advocate for NWF's interests and policy priorities. Communication of NWF's interests is guided by goals and milestones laid out in the Strategic Plan, and the recommendations of NWF program, regional, and senior staff.

In this role you will:

  • Collaborate with and support lobby team and NWF policy staff as needed to further key legislative goals and priorities
  • Assist the Government Affairs Director in covering cross-cutting policy issues, included but not limited to appropriations, infrastructure, and the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
  • Engage in direct advocacy to congressional staff through meetings, phone calls, and emails
  • Track relevant floor votes, committee mark-ups, and hearings, as necessary
  • Develop weekly Legislative Updates to convey recent congressional activity to all NWF staff nationwide
  • Represent the interests of NWF at key conservation community and other coalition meetings
  • Manage congressional database (Congress Plus) and serve as lead on coordinating electronic communications through database to Capitol Hill
  • Conduct research on key issues, including voting records of members of Congress
  • Prepare advocacy materials including fact sheets and official NWF letters
  • Develop content for web, action alerts, and legislative updates
  • Provide support for special lobby days such as fly-ins, and other special events
  • Set up meetings with Members of Congress and Administration officials for NWF's CEO, Board members and senior staff
  • Assist the Office of the General Counsel with quarterly LD-2 submission

Your actions are at all times expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.


  • A Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in environmental policy, political science, or a related field.
  • You should have at least 1-2 years professional experience (preferably working on a political/legislative campaign or in Congress). Experience advocating for conservation issues a plus.
  • You must have an understanding of politics, Congressional procedure, and legislative and executive advocacy.
  • You will be a self-starter, able to read and review legislation and determine how it aligns with NWF priorities.
  • You must possess superior organizational skills and be detail oriented, with strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • You should have excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, as well the ability to multitask and work under pressure.

Travel Requirements:

Approximately once or twice a year, 2-5 nights per year.


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/DEIJ.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

You should submit a cover letter and resume.


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