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Conservation Science Fellow

National Wildlife Federation
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

We are seeking a Conservation Science Fellow for a full-time 11-month, paid opportunity. This position is based at NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC and supports NWF’s Science Team. (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions).  This team provides scientific leadership and support on wildlife conservation and policy issues, and supports the organization’s commitment to using the best available science in its work on policy, advocacy, conservation, education, and communications. Additionally, this team serves as NWF’s lead on issues related to climate adaptation and resilience. In this role you will report to the Senior Wildlife Biologist and support NWF’s Chief Scientist. 

In this role you will: 

  • Support scientific work related to implementation of NWF’s strategic plan in the areas of wildlife conservation, habitat connectivity and corridors, climate adaptation, invasive species, and wildlife disease.
  • Provide support to Science Team members in implementing funded projects, including assisting with project coordination, conducting research, and translating findings into written materials and other project deliverables. Current projects include work to: advance the science and practice of climate adaptation among U.S. federal agencies; increase the pace and scale of climate-informed restoration on national forests; and promote the protection and restoration of riparian corridor networks in the Southwest. 
  • Serve as point person for NWF’s internal science review process, and regularly review public-facing materials, including reports, social media posts, blogs, advocacy alerts, and fundraising appeals, to ensure scientific accuracy and credibility. 
  • Promote wildlife conservation legislative priorities and advance the conservation of at-risk species by creating science-based advocacy materials.
  • Research, write, and edit reports, factsheets, blogs, and other web content on wildlife conservation, conservation biology, climate adaptation, and related topics. 
  • Support staff engagement with policymakers, including members of Congress and their staff, and helping with legislative fly-ins, outreach, and events.
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned, including scheduling and recording minutes for internal and external meetings, front desk duties, and coordinating contracts. 

Qualifications we’re looking for include: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or related field, with a focus on wildlife biology, conservation biology, botany, or ecology. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to wildlife conservation and climate change issues. 
  • Broad knowledge of U.S. natural history, including life history and identification of North American wildlife and habitats. 
  • Ability to communicate scientific or technical material to a wide range of audiences. Original writing and editing samples will be requested. 
  • Ability and willingness to perform administrative support tasks for a high-performing professional team. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers (including remotely and in a virtual setting), and to develop positive working relationships. 
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills. 

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. 


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $16.00 plus core benefits, including leave, health and dental insurance, and the ability to contribute to our retirement plan. 

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

Posted: 2020-09-09 Expires: 2020-10-09

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