The TRCP is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with 60+ partner groups and its Corporate Council members to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish. We unite and amplify our partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding around conservation, habitat, and access.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is seeking a Senior Scientist to join its conservation policy team. This position helps drive science-based conservation in all aspects of the organization’s policy work.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing scientific support and guidance to all TRCP staff to ensure the organization’s policy actions, position statements, testimony, legislative language, land-use plan comments, and communications are based on the best available science.
  • Work to strengthen relationships with partners and provide leadership and assistance (especially to TRCP partners without scientific capacity) to promote science-based policy actions and communications.
  • Develop science-based products and messaging on key issues that promote fish, wildlife and ecosystem management to improve habitat, populations, hunting and fishing opportunities and access.
  • Provide technical and scientific advice, and review legislation, sign-on letters, and technical comments for other staff on conservation and policy issues.
  • Support and in some instances lead key conservation campaigns on issues such as greater sage grouse conservation, wildfire and invasives, chronic wasting disease, forage fish conservation and the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife.
  • Maintain and leverage relationships with fish and wildlife professionals to inform and influence conservation policy.
  • Present scientific information to lay audiences through blogs, podcasts, articles, and other venues.
  • Represent the TRCP as the scientific lead in several important forums including but not limited to The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society.
  • Work with TRCP leadership to secure funds for key conservation initiatives.
  • Represent TRCP at key scientific convenings at the state and federal level.

Required Education, Experience and Desired Skills:

  • Ph.D. in wildlife, fisheries or natural resources-related fields and 10+ years of work experience.
  • Experience in government/legislative affairs, grassroots advocacy, issue campaigning or employment with conservation non-governmental organizations and/or government natural resource management agencies.
  • 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.
  • Experience collaborating with and advocating for policies and positions to federal and state agency staff and political appointees.
  • Experience with budgeting and policymaking in Congress and the Administration.
  • Ability to work with the TRCP team, including program, communications, government relations, and development staff, and in coalition with partners and allies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing and giving testimony, writing grant applications, submitting scientific and policy comments, blog posts, and media releases.
  • Superior research skills including 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
  • A passion for hunting, fishing, and natural resource conservation.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous paid leave
  • 403(b) retirement match
  • Comprehensive healthcare plans
  • Life insurance, short and long-term disability

To apply for this position, email a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Senior Scientist.”  The position will remain open until filled.

The TRCP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.