Status: Full Time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Director of Government Relations
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), a bipartisan national hunting and fishing organization seeks a qualified Director of Private Lands Conservation to develop and advance the organization’s conservation priorities related to private lands conservation policy, with a particular emphasis on the Farm Bill. The position serves as a day–to–day member of the Government Relations Team, with a focus on Congressional and administration advocacy for conservation policies essential to hunters and anglers. The Director is responsible for the strategic and tactical leadership of the TRCP’s private lands 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.
The Director of Private Lands Conservation is responsible for leading and professionally managing the TRCP’s policy initiatives on agricultural and private lands conservation policy through the TRCP Center for Agriculture and Private Lands. A core component of this Director role is co-chairing the TRCP Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group – a large collaborative stakeholder process involving multiple sporting, 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, Conservation 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. 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.
The Director must be a strong communicator and have a track record of developing and maintaining relations with Capitol Hill and federal agency staff.
A successful candidate must possess:
- Bachelor’s degree in government affairs, agriculture, natural resources conservation, or related policy fields;
- 5+ 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;
- A strong working knowledge of the federal appropriations process;
- 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 Director of Government Relations. Salary is commensurate with experience; benefits are included. The TRCP is an equal-opportunity employer. This position will be located within the TRCP’s Washington, D.C. office.
With Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation vision as its inspiration, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) aims to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.
Founded in 2002, the TRCP is the largest coalition of conservation organizations in the country, uniting and amplifying the voices of sportsmen and women by convening hunting and fishing groups, conservation organizations, and outdoor businesses to a common purpose. The organization now includes 60-partner groups, scores of businesses, and more than 90,000 individuals all united around Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. In pursuit of its work, the TRCP has earned a strong reputation for providing nonpartisan policy advocacy—in Washington D.C. and across the nation—to strengthen broad-based conservation efforts, protect wildlife and fish habitat, and ensure public access to natural resources.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Director of Private Lands Conservation” to firstname.lastname@example.org.