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Project Advocate - Canada Project

Project Advocate - Canada Project

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Project Advocate, Canada project

Washington, DC


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is one of the most effective international environmental action groups, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped secure environmental victories in the U.S. and around the world. NRDC works on projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, India, and China, as well as on global initiatives addressing issues such as climate change, energy, toxic waste, oceans, water, air and health. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC seeks a Project Advocate to work with the International program’s Canada project in it's Washington, D.C. office. The Advocate will help implement the project’s strategy to protect Canada’s Boreal Forest, which include a corporate campaign to secure protection of intact forest areas and policies that support the recovery of threatened boreal species, efforts to highlight the climate impacts of forestry and support the project’s efforts to constrain the development of tar sands and other dirty fuels. The Advocate will work closely with NRDC staff and with other nongovernmental organizations and First Nations allies throughout Canada and the United States. The successful candidate must have strong research skills, excellent communication and problem solving skills and the ability to write effectively for audiences in the government, media, business community and general public. 


  • Research and writing on a variety of boreal forest issues including wildlife conservation policy, climate, indigenous rights and the forestry industry;
  • Provide outreach to policy makers, industry leaders and other stakeholders in Canada and the United States;
  • Share and advocate for policy solutions that address unsustainable industrial practices in Canada’s boreal forest; 

  • Be responsible for the production of blogs, fact sheets, issue papers, and other written material;
  • Represent NRDC before NGO partners and First Nations allies;
  • Represent NRDC positions before media and leading policymakers;
  • Support NRDC’s priorities on energy, dirty fuels development and climate in Canada.


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Masters or Law degree in environmental law/policy or another relevant field preferred;
  • 3 - 4 years work/intern experience in a relevant and/or related field;
  • Demonstrated advocacy skills;
  • Robust interpersonal skills to interact with leading decision-makers in government, other non-profits, business community;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to participate on teams that work collaboratively toward shared outcomes across programs and organizations;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple work streams;
  • Must possess a high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proficiency in French is preferred but not required;
  • GIS knowledge is preferred but not required.


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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