Location: Washington, DC


Length of Fellowship: Two years



NCEL is 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering, connecting, and assisting

environmentally committed state legislators nationwide. NCEL is currently seeking a two-year Conservation Fellow to assist our team and bolster our conservation work in 11 western states. This position will work out of NCEL’s office in Georgetown.


Activities & Responsibilities

NCEL’s Conservation Fellow will support state legislators in 11 western states. This would include, but is not limited to:


Policy and Research

  • Research on policy topics such as public lands, wildlife corridors, water scarcity, pollinators, funding for conservation and wildlife, biodiversity, endangered species issues in the states, carnivore management issues, wildlife trafficking, and outdoor recreation.
  • Development of content for NCEL’s website including the writing of a weekly conservation blog.
  • Tracking conservation legislation in western states and sharing updates with NCEL staff and key allies.
  • Preparation of policy white papers and/or briefing books for legislators on specific issues such as wildlife corridors, funding for conservation, public lands.



  • Outreach to NCEL participants in western states to support conservation work before, during, and after the legislative sessions.
  • Curation and dissemination of issue-specific “toolboxes” with legislative options and resources for advancing conservation issues.
  • Collaboration with key local, state, and national NGO partners who are active on conservation issues related to NCEL participant interests.
  • If requested by an NCEL legislator, assistance with gathering legislator signatures on a letter to Congress and/or the Administration in support of or opposition to a conservation issue such as protection of public lands.


Meetings & Events

  • Travel to, and participation in, NCEL’s National Issues Forum in Nashville in July 2019. This will also include material preparation and event coordination for conservation sessions at the event. Similar participation in the 2020 National Forum in the summer of 2020.
  • Preparation of, or assistance with, PowerPoint presentations for/to legislators.
  • Follow up with legislators after meetings and events.
  • Travel, as applicable, to key legislator meetings and stakeholder events in Western states.



  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in a relevant discipline.
  • Excellent research skills and experience translating complex information into an engaging format.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite products, Google applications, and basic database management.
  • Salesforce software experience preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting is essential.
  • Ability to work remotely and with colleagues in other states.
  • Ability to travel to state and national events.
  • Volunteer experience or familiarity with nonprofit organizations preferred.

Salary: The salary for this position will be $40,000.


To Apply — Please send a single PDF document with your resume, brief cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to NCEL at info@ncel.net with the subject line “Conservation Fellow 2018”. All communications will be treated confidentially. Deadline to apply is October 12.

NCEL is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. NCEL makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.