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Legislative Advocate

Legislative Advocate

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Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than 2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is hiring a federal Legislative Advocate to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy department’s Government Affairs team in our Washington, DC office to increase our presence and effectiveness on Capitol Hill.


  • Advocate NRDC's federal policy agenda before Congress.
  • Work with NRDC programs to help develop their legislative strategy and to implement it.
  • Prepare materials that will be used to inform and persuade decision-makers on Capitol Hill.
  • Conduct legislative research.
  • Respond to inquiries from Capitol Hill.
  • Help develop and work with coalitions to enhance advocacy before Congress.


  • This is not an entry level position. Must possess at least three years of Hill or association advocacy experience, preferably with strong emphasis on environmental issues, or significant experience in other positions that involve working closely with Congress.  Preferred experience range is 4-6 years.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably with some focus on environment or government.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort with advocacy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities.


The assigned issue portfolio will take into account the experience of the incumbent and the needs of NRDC.


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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