Legislative Affairs Intern

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Olympia, Washington
Deadline Oct 17, 2018
Job Type Internship

(Full Time Non-Permanent: 4 Months)The Administrative Intern I (Legislative Affairs Intern) will support Legislative Affairs staff in coordinating meetings and managing inquiries from legislators, the Governor's Office and the Office of Financial Management, tracking bills through the legislative process, and developing communications tools for the team.


Provides administrative support to the Legislative Affairs Office

  • Monitors Legislative correspondence and ensures the agency is providing timely responses.
  • Acts as the first point of contact and the face of the Legislative Affairs Office, receiving calls and visitors and providing high-quality customer service.
  • Coordinates meetings between WDFW Legislative Affairs and Legislative Offices.
  • Supports records management needs and responses to public disclosure requests

Support legislative strategy development, bill tracking and communications

  • Supports the Legislative Coordinator in identifying subject matter experts within the agency to track and analyze bills.
  • Prepares bill tracking and hearing schedule reports for the Legislative Affairs Team.
  • Edits, prints and packages communications tools like factsheets and PowerPoint presentations for legislative outreach.

Explore career opportunities at the Department by job shadowing agency staff

  • Learns about day-to-day activities of policy and public affairs staffers, biologists, natural resource workers, hatchery technicians, wildlife area managers, and other department staff to build awareness of career opportunities.

Special projects as needed

  • This position demands flexibility, determination, and a willingness to take on both creative and routine administrative and logistics-oriented projects to meet department objectives.


Required Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate from, an undergraduate or graduate degree program in public relations, public administration, communications, environmental science, environmental education, conservation biology, or related field. If enrolled in an undergraduate program, must be a junior or senior.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the natural resource field.
  • Experience working independently and interacting with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning new skills and contributing to a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of standard office equipment, including a computer and office telephone system.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs, in particular Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with natural resources, conservation, and outdoor recreation issues in Washington.
  • Familiarity with the Washington State Legislature and the legislative process.


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