The Wilderness Society: Energy and Climate Policy Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 25, 2019)

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: Advocacy Director

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

Department Description

The Wilderness Society’s Energy and Climate Program is working to ensure equitable solutions to climate change starting with the lands owned for and by the public. We advocate for federal policies that will disclose and reduce climate emissions and ensure our air, land, and water are safeguarded from reckless energy development. We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. We strive to ensure our work embodies the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connects and inspires people to care about public lands and the outdoors.

Position Description

Based in Denver (preferred) or Washington, DC, 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 Advocacy Director, Campaign Manager, 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 TWS staff in DC and the regions 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 Fellow's work will focus on three areas:

  • Equitably addressing climate consequences of energy development on public lands 
  • Protecting places Too Wild to Drill 
  • Connecting policy impacts and implications to people and places 

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

  • Work with the TWS Energy and Climate team to help craft, evaluate and advocate for innovative, equitable, and effective policy solutions that reduce climate emissions from energy development on public lands and support responsibly sited renewable energy
  • Work with the TWS Energy and Climate team to create and execute on events, letters, petitions, and other means of organizing key constituencies to advocate for and reduce climate emissions from public lands energy development.
  • Engage coalition partners through regular meetings and events to coordinate on advocacy and policy development with members of TWS’s 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.
  • Produce research and analysis on issues relating to energy development on public lands, including how to better measure, track and manage the climate consequences.
  • Author and edit materials in support of TWS’s energy policy and advocacy goals, such as reports, fact sheets, blogs, story maps, 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.
  • Analyze legislative and regulatory proposals and help develop and support execution of TWS’s policy responses. 


  • Capacity to quickly learn and effectively explain complex and technical issues to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated research abilities and attention to detail.
  • 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.
  • A genuine interest in conservation and responsible use of our public lands, and a commitment to fight climate change.
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender. 

Professional Development

TWS supports Fellows through internal training on a range of topics (including especially equity, diversity and inclusion), participation in external training opportunities and fellowship programs (such as the Clean Energy Leadership Institute), and by connecting Fellows with professional networks within the environmental field. TWS also strives to provide fellows with mentoring and coaching from within and outside the Energy and Climate team. Finally, TWS regularly provides knowledge sharing opportunities across our teams, both formal and informal. This position will require travel to TWS regional offices and other events or conferences as well.