External Affairs/Climate Policy Associate

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Sacramento, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 72 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 provides policy and communications support to the California Climate Change Team and the External Affairs Department to affect public policy and advance conservation in support of The Nature Conservancy’s mission.

The Policy Associate provides research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s climate change and conservation priorities, including, but not limited to, nature-based climate change mitigation and resilience strategies. Duties include research and policy development, tracking and drafting input for regulatory processes, development of communication materials and content, and occasional contact with legislative and administrative staff on matters pertaining to policy development. The Policy Associate builds and facilitates internal communications and related climate change strategy development, coordinates meetings, agendas, information, and presentations. They assist in influencing the outcome of climate policy initiatives at the state level.

The position also provides some operational support to the California Climate Change Team.  Duties include, assisting in the development of fundraising, communications, and/or educational materials and producing narrative reports as needed.  They support the Director in budget, contract, and event development and tracking, as well as other financial transactions.


  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of the Conservancy’s climate change and policy priorities.
  • Develops reports, fact sheets, comment letters, web-based materials and content, and other materials to influence or communicate policy initiatives and outcomes.
  • Maintains regular contact with Conservancy staff to support internal communications and climate policy strategy development.
  • Coordinates events in support of climate change policy priorities.
  • Supports budget and contract development and tracking, fundraising and related reporting, and other financial transactions.
  • May need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups (inside and outside the Conservancy) over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals.
  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct the work of volunteers or interns.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, natural resource management or related field and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications.
  • Experience researching, analyzing, interpreting, and compiling technical information from divergent sources.
  • Proficiency with document management, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff.


  • Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, climate change policy, or natural resource management.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s or law degree appreciated.
  • Experience with social media, development of web content, and public outreach.
  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating, and organizational skills.
  • Experience preparing proposals for government grants and commenting on state regulatory and rulemaking actions.
  • Knowledge of current trends in public funding programs and/or other types of conservation funding.
  • Knowledge of California legislative process and natural resource laws.




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