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Job Detail: Conservation Policy Specialist


NSAC advocates on a wide range of federal farm and food policy issues, including conservation, food systems, farm programs, research, and food safety. Each Policy Specialist focuses on a variety of those issues and interacts with coalition members through issue-specific policy committees. The open position focuses on agricultural conservation and environmental issues, with a specific focus on working lands conservation programs, climate change, renewable energy, and farmland protection programs. In addition, each policy specialist also supports the rest of the policy team and helps to further our racial equity efforts through engagement with NSAC’s Diversity Committee.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Act as the lead staff to NSAC’s Conservation, Energy, and Environment (CEE) Issue Committee, helping the Committee develop and advance administrative, regulatory and legislative priorities; and interface with NSAC grassroots staff and Coalition members on campaign strategy and actions
  • Advocate with executive branch agencies (USDA, EPA, etc.) and on Capitol Hill on a regular basis 
  • Draft policy materials, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, rulemaking comment letters, program analysis reports, and regular policy blog posts 
  • Contribute to the organization’s annual priority setting, fundraising, and coalition-wide meetings 
  • Apply an equity lens to all work, and strive to advance racial equity both within the coalition’s internal processes and through its external campaigns and policy goals 
  • Represent NSAC at partner meetings, coalitions, conferences, and to the media in DC and nationwide

Position Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in a Congressional office or federal agency 
  • Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns 
  • Experience with print, radio, and online media 
  • Experience with large, multi-organization grassroots coalitions 
  • Cross-cultural communication skills, including but not limited to bilingual fluency in a language other than English

Compensation and Benefits: 

NSAC offers a competitive non-profit salary and benefits. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience, $60,000+. This full-time position offers excellent benefits (as per the employee handbook), including generous vacation and other time-off policy, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance, contributions after two years in a retirement plan, financial support for professional and personal development, and a pleasant, collaborative, professional working environment. 

How to Apply: 

All persons interested in being considered for this position must submit a resume, a brief cover letter including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture and federal policy, and three references. All communications are treated confidentially. Resume review begins immediately. No phone calls please. Applications must be received by September 30, 2019 for consideration. Please use this form (also available at to complete and submit application materials.

About the job

Location Washington, D.C.
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 09 September 2019

About the company

Company name National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (202) 547-5754


Street Marlyand Ave. NE
City Washington D.C
Street number (1) 110
Zip 20002
Country United States