Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy and Wildlife

Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Supervisor: Landscape Conservation


This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s renewable energy development and wildlife conservation efforts, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, key species and focal landscapes. The incumbent is responsible for advancing Defenders’ renewable energy and wildlife conservation objectives and assisting with effective and consistent implementation of national programs and policies. In so doing, the Policy Analyst will ensure integration with Defenders’ other policy program priorities and work closely with our Field Conservation, Government Relations, Conservation Law, Communications and other departments.

Responsibilities of this position include providing leadership on development and implementation of effective renewable energy policies consistent with Defenders’ strategic goals; working closely with conservation partners, federal land and wildlife agencies, states, and other stakeholders to further our objectives; coordinating and/or assisting Defenders’ advocacy efforts to influence federal regulations, policies, and conservation/mitigation strategies; supporting Defenders’ staff to address renewable energy and wildlife, and other relevant issues; and representing Defenders in public fora, including the news media.


  • Engage in efforts (e.g., reviewing policies and plans, drafting comments, meeting with stakeholders, etc.) to ensure effective implementation of administrative policies to achieve “Smart from the Start” renewable energy development on federal public lands.
  • Provide a national perspective on development and implementation of renewable energy regulations, policies, landscape-level planning efforts, development projects and mitigation programs to ensure consistency between departmental and organizational goals.
  • Closely coordinate engagement on renewable energy and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices and other key staff.
  • Regularly inform the Senior Policy Advisor for Renewable Energy and Wildlife of renewable energy issues and developments affecting wildlife, habitat, and important natural resources.
  • Represent Defenders in federal renewable energy development efforts—both at the project scale (when field staff are unavailable) and in larger planning, policy and regulatory efforts (coordinate and conduct regional outreach to partners, utilities, developers and other entities) to further Defenders’ departmental and organizational objectives.
  • Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, Defenders’ membership, donors, and the general public. 
  • Work with the Senior Policy Advisor, Vice President of Landscape Conservation, and Development staff on reporting requirements for existing grants and identify and pursue opportunities to raise additional funds to support the program.
  • Research, write, and/or review and edit Defenders reports, articles, factsheets, news releases, webpages, and other publications.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned..


Education: Advanced degree in law, environmental/public policy, natural resources, conservation biology, or related discipline, with experience in successful advocacy for natural resources protection.

Experience: Five or more years of progressively responsible experience (which may include graduate study) in at least one of the following areas: reviewing and analyzing environmental law and regulations; developing and implementing programs to conserve biodiversity; engaging in land management planning and/or federal permitting processes; or organizing campaigns for non-profit organizations. Experience in working with federal land management agencies, and knowledge of the laws and regulations affecting federal land management, wildlife management, energy development and mitigation, is preferred for this position.

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


  • Interdisciplinary skills and practical experience in translating cutting-edge science into programmatic initiatives to conserve species and ecosystems. 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with other staff in interdisciplinary teams.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others through a variety of means.



  • General office working conditions; the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Interdisciplinary skills and practical experience in translating cutting-edge science into programmatic initiatives to conserve species and ecosystems. 

Excellent writing and verbal communications skills. 

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with other staff in interdisciplinary teams.


Interested applicants please reference Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy and Wildlife position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest along with your resume to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. 

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.