Climate and Energy Program Fellow

National Wildlife Federation

Reston, Virginia

Job Type Student / postdoc
Salary Details $20/hour
Deadline Dec 09, 2023
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

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

Our Climate and Energy Program advances domestic policies at the federal, state, and regional levels that curb greenhouse gas emissions, speed an equitable transition to clean energy and industry, and expand natural and technological carbon removal. NWF seeks to grow bipartisan support for short- and long-term congressional action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.

To support our mission, we are seeking a Climate and Energy Program Fellow to join our Conservation team. The Fellow will provide research and advocacy support for two project areas within our program portfolio: sustainable aviation fuels and clean energy transmission. This position is part of NWF’s fellowship program. NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00 per hour plus core benefits.

The Climate and Energy Program Fellow will report directly to the Senior Policy Specialist and the Staff Attorney for the Climate and Energy Program. The Fellow will also work alongside the rest of the team to perform and synthesize subject-matter research, track congressional activity, and produce materials to support our program.

In this role you will:

  • Research, write, and provide coordination support for reports, blogs, memos, and factsheets, focusing on climate change impacts and mitigation strategies for wildlife related to transmission development on- and offshore, and clean fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
  • Monitor congressional hearings and briefings and track federal legislation.
  • Help climate team produce or update data-driven reports on complex climate issues at the intersection of wildlife, the environment, and just energy infrastructure buildout.
  • Perform administrative duties and help with organizing internal and external partners’ coordination on shared workstreams.


  • Passion for addressing climate change in creative and pragmatic ways that allow wildlife and people of all backgrounds to survive and thrive
  • Excellent research and analytical abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to clearly synthesize scientific or technical information for different audiences
  • Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities
  • A demonstrated and documented interest and experience in research, data mapping, policy and/or advocacy. This can include a BA/BS degree in economics, environmental studies, biology, or related field, or at least 1-2 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook
  • Experience with ArcGIS and basic graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator a plus

NWF Values:

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.  Your competencies should include:

  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized.
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission

Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.

Physical Requirements: 

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods; dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example, using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about the workspace. The position requires mobility, including moving materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).  Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Please Note: 

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Location and Work Mode:

This position is based out of our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or completely remotely, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers 

COVID Consideration:

The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers 

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 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 nwf.org/equity.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.  Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings.  Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence.  Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at hrhelp@nwf.org  or 703-438-6244.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Category Admin & Leadership, Policy And Law
Tags GIS, Climate Change