Position Title: Conservation Associate

Background
Alaska Wilderness League is the only Washington, DC-based conservation group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness quality lands and waters offshore in Alaska. Founded in 1993, the League is a 501(c)(3) organization that works at the federal level on a variety of issues affecting Alaska’s wild lands and waters. With headquarters in DC and offices in Alaska and across the country, the League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

Primary Role
The Conservation Associate provides campaign and lobbying support to the League’s federal land and water protection campaigns. The conservation associate helps execute campaign activities, including coordinating coalition efforts, education congressional and administrative targets, researching and developing important campaign and advocacy materials, and providing other general support.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Campaign support:

  • Writes factsheets, reports, letters, blog posts and other campaign materials as needed
  • Regularly updates issues website content
  • Monitors administrative announcements for relevant statements of policy
  • Attends campaign-related coalition calls/meetings
  • Takes notes for all internal and coalition calls
  • Manage coalition email lists for campaign Lists
  • Assist management of coalition sign-on letters and online petition deliveries
  • Help manage/attend campaign activities/events in DC, AK and across the country

Congressional Lobbying Activities:

  • Manage Congressional targets for hill activities (including but not limited to blasts, drops, advocacy, Dear Colleague letters). – As needed
  • Manage Hill drops for activities by recruiting and assigning walking lists to volunteers as well as printing and compiling materials. – As needed
  • Sends emails through Congress Plus, including filtering for correct offices and ensuring that messages are meeting best practice guidelines to avoid spam filters – as needed
  • Coordinates/Attends Hill/Admin Weekly Calls
  • Performs regular research on Congressional activities including hearings and legislation, or other key background knowledge needed
  • Regularly meet and contact hill staff to educate on relevant issues
  • Attend Congressional hearings
  • Leads research on identified Members of Congress and administration officials (on both the conservation and pro-development sides) in order to develop effective strategies for influencing them
  • Tracks politics as relevant to lobby strategies on a regular basis
  • Tracks votes, manages coalition targeting and provides regular updates from Cloakroom and majority leader emails

Outreach/Grassroots support

  • Helps coordinate the League’s annual lobby week
  • Participates in creating recruitment target list and extra meeting target list with support from Campaign Directors
  • Provides support in scheduling and attending meetings, producing materials for training and meeting packets, and general volunteer support during the week.
  • Assist the Director of Outreach with management, engagement and communication with Alaska Coalition members
  • Support grassroots efforts such as constituent comment deliveries, outreach efforts and event logistics as necessary

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years experience working with a not for profit
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially sorting and lookup functions in Excel)
  • Proficiency with Congress Plus or similar Congressional tracking software (i.e. Knowlegis)
  • Solid internet research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to work with colleagues, volunteers/interns, coalition partners, hill staff and others
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and be flexible
  • Knowledge and interest in politics
  • Comfortable working in a business suit or animal suit

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits
This position is exempt, full-time, and reports to Sr. Campaign Director. Salary commensurate with experience, health & retirement benefits. Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply
Please send resume, cover letter, a relevant writing sample, salary requirements, and the names and contact information for three references to jobs@alaskawild.org.