New York Outreach Representative

Location: Central/Upstate New York
Department: Government Relations and External Affairs
Supervisor: Director of National Outreach


This position has lead responsibility for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities in New York state. This professional-level position is responsible for cultivating grassroots and grasstops wildlife supporters and generating communications to members of the New York congressional delegation. Current issue priorities include maintaining a strong Endangered Species Act and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.  

Through constituency building, public education and grassroots lobbying, the project will strengthen Defenders’ advocacy of national issue priorities and increase long-term regional support for wildlife conservation and recovery. General responsibilities include: outreach to diverse constituencies including state and federal agencies and officials, sportsman groups, faith-based organizations, private landowners, and other conservation organizations; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; implementing effective accountability efforts for members of Congress; and ongoing media education. 


  • Educate and mobilize Defenders’ donors, members, and e-mail activists in assigned geographic region with an emphasis on using various organizing strategies and tools to support Defenders’ key federal priorities.  

  • Build and/or expand a regional network of diverse and politically influential constituencies including but not limited to private landowners, outdoor recreation businesses, sportsmen’s clubs, local officials and religious, scientific and environmental organizations.

  • Expand base of support for assigned issues among targeted segments of the general public.

  • Cultivate bench of activists and volunteers.

  • Establish relationships with and communicate legislative priorities to key in-district congressional offices.

  • Generate letters to the editor, guest editorials, and earned media in local newspapers. 

  • Develop, distribute, and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations.

  • Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to Defenders.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Education:  Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree

  • Experience:  4+ years of proven grassroots organizing success in political and/or issue campaigns in same geographic area 

    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Other:

  • Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media.

  • Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies.

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies.

  • Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus. 


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.  

  • Employee must have ability to organize and conduct frequent out of office events, presentations, and staff booths at various fairs and other types of public events.

  • Employee must be able to conduct frequent out-of-town travel involving overnight stays.  


This position requires some evening and weekend work. 

This position requires regular domestic travel. 


  • Position will be based out of an in-home office.  


Interested applicants please reference New York Outreach Representative position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: 

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.