Senior Associate, U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation

  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • May 08, 2019
Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation Project
Pew’s U.S. public lands and rivers conservation project aims to make significant strides toward its goal of conserving biodiversity by identifying and protecting wildlife corridors, protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers, and expanding core habitat protections. To implement this cores and corridors approach, Pew works closely with scientists, local partners, and policymakers from both sides of the aisle, and from local, state, and federal levels, who share responsibility on multiple issues involving wildlife and river conservation. 

Position Overview 
The senior associate helps develop and implement plans to achieve the program’s objectives focused on wildlife migration corridors at the federal and state levels. The position engages with state and federal agencies, scientists, non-governmental organizations and industry representatives in order to identify and conserve migration corridors across the western United States. The senior associate works closely with project team members in Portland, OR, Washington, D.C. and other locations, as well as with Pew staff from conservation science, government relations, and other departments. The senior associate, based in Pew’s Portland, OR office, reports to the manager, U.S. public lands and rivers conservation. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Contribute to the development implementation of effective strategies and plans to deliver program objectives, focusing on wildlife corridor conservation.
  • Grow and maintain relationships with a wide variety of relevant stakeholders including federal and state agency staff, sportsmen representatives, researchers, business leaders, and local elected officials in order to achieve program objectives.
  • Research and develop policy recommendations and produce white papers, issue briefs, presentations, testimony, public comment letters, and other outputs that advance wildlife migration corridor conservation.
  • Work to develop and implement campaign strategies and plans to achieve the program’s objectives, including integration with other teams within the program. Partner with Pew operations staff including communications, conservation science, government relations, as well as overlapping programs from other departments.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge base of regarding wildlife migration and conservation, including the latest research and policy developments, to inform and advance program priorities.
  • Contribute to the development of program materials, such as issue briefs, web features and newsletters, and ensure communication products meet the highest standard for factual accuracy.
  • Develop relationships with potential partners and experts who will further Pew's U.S. lands and rivers conservation objectives at the state and federal level, and assist in the development of funding agreements as relevant.
  • Contribute to other work of the U.S. public lands and rivers campaign, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities, as assigned by the manager.
  • Represent Pew in key government meetings, coalition meetings, conferences, and events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advance degree preferred.
  • At least four years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, preferably in natural resource science and public policy work. Specific expertise in related conservation issues and direct experience advocating at the federal and/or state level are preferred.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Able to set and achieve short and long-term policy goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Able to develop and move existing and new projects forward with a degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it, to translate complex scientific information into simpler communications that can influence decision makers and the public.
  • Experience in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Ability to communicate with decision makers, scientific advisors, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, scientists, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
  • Able to work independently with strong business judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Knowledge of wildlife and rivers corridor protections preferred.

The position will require a moderate amount domestic travel for meetings and conferences. 

Total Rewards 
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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