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California Legislative Advocate

California Legislative Advocate

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US-CA-San Francisco
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Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]

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California Legislative Advocate

San Francisco or Sacramento, CA


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 has helped write some of America's and California’s bedrock environmental laws, including the federal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, along with state climate, clean energy, water and ocean policy laws.  We work for effective implementation of laws through the regulatory process and litigation.  Today, our staff work out of main offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is hiring a California Legislative Advocate to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy department’s California Advocacy team to increase our presence and effectiveness in the State Capitol.


  • In close consultation with NRDC’s California Advocacy, Program and Communications staff, advocate NRDC's California policy agenda in the State Legislature and Administration. 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 in the State Legislature.
  • Conduct legislative research and respond to inquiries.
  • Manage requests from coalition partners and legislative staff for NRDC engagement on policy proposals.
  • Develop public and media educational information, including social media.
  • Help develop and work with coalitions to enhance legislative advocacy.
  • Represent NRDC in various legislative, administrative and coalition settings.


  • This is not an entry level position. Must possess at least three years of California legislative or association advocacy experience, preferably with strong emphasis on environmental issues, or significant experience in other positions that involve working closely with the legislature.  Targeted 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, Spanish fluency a plus.
  • Excellent written, social and oral communication abilities.


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.


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.


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