Legislative Advocate

Environment America

Washington, DC

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details The starting compensation range for this position is $36,000-$60,000 and depends on relevant experience.
Deadline Jun 07, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Environment America

Federal Legislative Advocate

Washington, DC

Environment America is a policy and action group that tackles the most profound problem of our time: a way of living that is destroying the natural world. Our federal legislative advocate will work in Washington, DC to advocate for new laws in Congress and actions by President Biden to protect our planet.

Join our team to:

  • Expand renewable energy, so we can keep oil in the ground and stop burning fossil fuels
  • Secure safe places for wildlife to thrive
  • Advocate for an ocean free from plastic pollution and offshore drilling
  • Defend the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act

Representative Responsibilities

Environment America’s Federal Legislative Advocate will work to advance our policy goals in Washington, DC. You’ll identify opportunities for progress on our issues in Congress and with the Biden administration, and will work with our national program directors and our state directors to make the case for our vision and demonstrate the support needed to win. This position requires excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy: Meet with members of Congress and the Biden administration to advocate for strong environmental policies. Develop collaborative relationships with legislators and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle and federal agencies to advance our policy goals.
  • Coalition building: Serve as the Environment America voice in coalitions. Recruit new partners who can help us win campaigns, including unlikely allies who might agree with us on one issue, even if we disagree on other issues. 
  • Fundraising: Fund our campaigns and grow our impact by raising money from foundations and individual donors. 
  • Media and communications: Write reports, fact sheets, news releases, blogs, op-eds, and other forms of communication to get our message in the media and heard by decision-makers and the public. Represent Environment America with reporters. 
  • Campaign strategy: Develop campaign plans and tactics. Work creatively with our state and national leadership.
  • Staff recruitment and management: Build our team by recruiting and managing interns and participating in staff recruitment efforts. Potential to oversee staff. 


A successful candidate will have excellent writing and public speaking skills; at least two years of professional full time experience in organizing, advocacy, campaigning or legislative work; be a solid team player; and have the passion and grit to build for the long-term and do what it takes to get the work done. Top candidates will also have these qualities:

  • Up for a challenge. You have a bold vision of a greener world, but you know that lasting progress–especially in gridlocked Washington, D.C.--often comes one challenging step at a time. You work hard to achieve your goals, whether that means hours of calling activists or monitoring middle-of-the-night Senate votes. 
  • Ready to build a movement. The progress we're seeking can't be won in a single policy or election. You're excited to meet with Democrats, Republicans, farmers, business owners and anyone else you think might share our vision to protect the environment, especially those who don’t already agree with us. 
  • Organized and strategic. You make plans for long-term success. You can balance multiple competing goals and policy priorities.

If this sounds like you, we hope you’ll apply to join our team. 

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range for this position is $36,000-$60,000 and depends on relevant experience. Candidates on the lower end of directly relevant experience should expect to be on the lower end of this range; candidates on the higher end of relevant experience are likely to be on the higher end of this range. Environment America offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, paid time off, our commuter benefit program, a 401(k) plan with employer match, parental leave, long term disability insurance, and may include needs-based student loan assistance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. 


Washington, DC

About Us

Environment America is a policy and action group with one mission: to transform our ideas and imagination into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all.

Environment America tackles the most profound problem of our time: a way of living that is destroying the natural world. We’re advocates for energy conservation and renewable power, so we can keep oil in the ground and stop burning fossil fuels. We’re champions of plastic reduction, so nothing we use for a few minutes is allowed to pollute our oceans for centuries. And we’re defenders of wildlife and wild places, both for their own sake as well as the awe and wonder they bring to our lives. 

Environment America and our 30 state offices have made real progress solving these problems. America now produces almost four times as much renewable electricity as we did a decade ago, and one in three of us lives in a community that’s committed to meeting its needs with 100% clean electricity. And we’re just getting started.

If you want to work hard, challenge yourself, and make a real impact on the critical environmental issues of our time, consider a career with Environment America.

Our Mission and Values

Why work for Environment America? Here are ten reasons on our website.

Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit our website for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boosted. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.


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Category Policy And Law
Tags Outreach