Conservation and Climate Policy Analyst

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Bethesda, MD, 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 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.




Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Maryland/DC Chapter’s Government Relations and Policy Team!  Our work is focused on two areas where our outcomes can have the greatest impact for the residents of Maryland/DC: protecting clean water and tackling climate change. Our efforts span the region, from western Maryland's Central Appalachian forests to our nation's capital and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. The Conservation and Climate Policy Analyst plays a key role in programs at the international, country, sub-national or departmental level to affect public and/or corporate policy to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission.  They serve as liaison and informational contact between the organization and country, sub-national, local agencies, multilateral institutions, business and/or private groups.




The Conservation and Climate Policy Analyst provides research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s policy and/or corporate practice priorities and tracks policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals. They build and facilitate internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations.  The Conservation and Climate Policy Analyst provides services that assist in influencing the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels. They develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance the organization’s conservation agenda. 





  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff. 
  • Financial responsibility to complete projects appropriately and assist with budget development and meeting fundraising goals for local and worldwide conservation.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Works within scope of program’s strategic goals and contributes to development of goals and outcomes that contribute to the strategic outcomes of climate resilience, clean water and climate action.
  • Tracks, monitors and analyzes legislative and regulatory processes and documents, and attending hearings, workgroups, and other meetings as needed in the Maryland General Assembly and DC City Council.
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • May provide assistance with preparation of program materials including preparation of oral and written testimony, presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Influences the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or industry.
  • Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Assists with development of policy and government relations campaigns.
  • Works with communications team to develop talking points and messaging around policy outcomes.
  • Develops policy and processes to optimize climate mitigation strategies across several sectors.
  • Analyzes policies to tackle carbon equivalent emissions across Maryland, DC and regional partnerships.




  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Fluency in English and (list language(s) of the countries of the relevant geography).
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at two or more of the following levels:  international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.


  • Experience analyzing, developing and implementing climate-related policies and programs. 
  • Experience working in/with the Maryland Federal Delegation, Maryland General Assembly or DC Council.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.  
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in business, sustainability, or fundraising.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.  
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight. 




This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.




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