Opportunities with the TRCP

Director, Center for Agriculture and Private Lands

  • The Director of the Center for Agriculture and Private Lands will work closely with the TRCP policy, government relations, communications and development staff and consultants to advance the organization’s conservation priorities related to national agricultural and private lands conservation policy. Position will provide strategic and tactical leadership and support in the execution of the organization’s policy initiatives and issue-based advocacy to influence public policy via the following three-pronged approach:
    • Promoting Science-based Conservation and Policy: The TRCP takes a science-based approach to conservation that balances sportsmen and outdoor recreation access with responsible management of public and private lands.
    • Building Coalitions and Empowering Leaders from the Sportsmen-Conservation Community and Beyond: The TRCP builds constituencies to find solutions to land and water-use challenges – and works with hunters and anglers and the conservation and outdoor recreation community to provide public access to fish and wildlife resources, conserve habitat, and fund conservation programs.
    • Implementing Public Education Campaigns and Conservation Advocacy: The TRCP uses public education tools to effectively advance public policy in Congress and the executive branch through strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, media generation, civic involvement and scientific research.


This position will lead and professionally manage the TRCP’s policy initiatives on agricultural and private lands conservation policy. The Director will be responsible for leading a large stakeholder process involving multiple sportsmen, conservation and outdoor recreation partners with a focus on the Farm Bill and conservation policy. The Director will work closely with the TRCP Government Relations and Communications teams to develop and execute strategic, issue-based campaigns that incorporate a variety of grassroots, communications, media and lobbying strategies. In this position, a successful candidate will work seamlessly with TRCP colleagues and partners as well as forming non-traditional partnerships to advance agricultural and private lands priorities with federal decision makers and to secure federal policy and funding wins that advance sportsmen and conservation community interests.

The Director will be responsible for developing key relationships with members of the sportsmen-conservation and agricultural communities, members of Congress and their staff, representatives of the administration and other policymakers, members of the media, business leaders and appropriate conservation funders. This position is responsible for development and oversight of initiative budgets, representing the TRCP to current and prospective donors and assisting other TRCP staff in cultivating fundraising opportunities for assigned initiatives.


A successful candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in government affairs, agriculture, natural resources conservation, or related policy fields;
  • 6+ years experience in government/legislative affairs, grassroots advocacy, issue campaigning or employment with sportsmen or conservation NGO and/or government agriculture or natural resource management agencies;
  • A strong working knowledge of the Farm Bill and its conservation title;
  • Proven leadership and ability to think strategically and build consensus on complicated policy initiatives;
  • Experience coordinating coalitions and collaborating with diverse interests to accomplish shared goals;
  • Superior writing and editing, researching and compiling information from divergent sources;
  • Strong organizational skills and careful attention to details;
  • Interest in being part of a fun and nimble policy team; and
  • Passion for hunting, fishing, and natural resource conservation.

Position reports to the Chief Conservation Officer and will coordinate work with the government relations, communications, development and finance staff. Salary is commensurate with experience; benefits are included. The TRCP is an equal-opportunity employer. The TRCP’s Washington, DC office is the preferred location for this position.

If interested, please submit your resume and a cover letter to careers@trcp.org.


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