The Wilderness Society: Energy and Climate Policy Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 13, 2017)

Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply for this position.


Location: Washington, DC

Fellowship Position

Position title: Energy and Climate Policy Fellow

Department: Conservation Department/Energy and Climate Program

Reports to: Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement for Energy and Climate

Address of fellowship placement: 1615 M St NW Washington, DC 20036

Department Description

The Wilderness Society's Energy and Climate Program seeks to guide energy development to the right places and ensure public lands are part of the nation's climate solution. The Energy and Climate Program works with Congress, stakeholders and the federal land management agencies to build support for sensible energy policies that avoid and protect sensitive wildlands for future generations, align energy leasing decisions with international climate objectives, and advance renewable energy in low conflict zones. The Program is led out of TWS' DC headquarters, with staff in 8 states across the west. The program employs public policy expertise, campaign skills and advocacy tools in a highly collaborative setting.

Position Description

The Energy and Climate Policy Fellow will play a key role in the execution of The Wilderness Society's campaign to ensure public lands are part of the climate solution. Working directly with the Deputy Director for Outreach and Engagement, the Carbon Management Campaign Director, and the Senior Director of the Energy & Climate Program, the Fellow will be engaged in identifying, developing, and advocating for TWS’s energy and climate policy initiatives. The Fellow will coordinate closely with both DC-based and regional TWS staff to provide research and strategic support for emerging policy proposals and issues, and will also have opportunities to develop her or his own strategy proposals for consideration by program leaders. The focus of the Fellow's work will be in three

  • Addressing climate consequences of energy development on public lands.
  • Securing conservation outcomes when public lands are committed to energy development.
  • Support for energy reforms at the Department of the Interior.

Examples of specific responsibilities, projects, tasks, and/or duties of the Fellow include:

  • Work with the TWS Energy Campaign team to help craft, evaluate and advocate for innovative, affirmative, and effective policy solutions that help reduce climate emissions from energy development on public lands and support responsibly sited renewable energy.
  • Work with the TWS Outreach team to create and execute on events, letters, petitions, and organize key constituencies to advocate for reduce climate emission from public lands energy development.
  • Engage coalition partners through regular meetings and events to coordinate on advocacy and policy development with members of TWS team.
  • Work with TWS staff, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, and Administration officials to provide analysis and advocate for key agency policies that contribute to administrative and legislative protections for public lands.
  • Provide research on issues relating to energy development on public lands, including how to better measure, track and manage the climate consequences.
  • Research, write and edit materials in support of TWS’s energy policy and advocacy goals, such as reports, fact sheets, blogs, newsletters, and educational materials.
  • Identify emerging and contentious issues in the clean energy policy and public lands arenas and help produce research, white papers, and other materials to respond quickly.
  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory proposals, and help develop and support execution of TWS’s policy responses. This could include bipartisan proposals to reinvest revenue collected from renewable energy generation in conservation, implementation of innovative conservation tools for important wildlife corridors across public lands and estimating climate impact fees for coal, oil and gas development in specific leasing areas.
  • Develop advocacy materials and working with external contractors in support of this effort on issues including reducing methane emissions from abandoned coal mines and implementing new regulations improving oil and gas production practices.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to quickly learn and effectively explain complex and technical issues to a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated research abilities and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of small teams in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload, sometimes under tight time constraints
  • General understanding of the federal land management agencies, national energy and climate policy, and land use planning is preferred
  • Ability to convey complex concepts to different audiences
  • A genuine interest in conservation and responsible use of our public lands

Professional Development

TWS supports fellows engagement in training and fellowship programs, as well as professional networks within Washington, DC. TWS also strives to provide fellows with mentoring and coaching from within and outside the team. Finally, TWS provides regular training and knowledge sharing opportunities, both formal and informal.