Policy Associate

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The Nature Conservancy

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Portland, OR, United States

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27 days ago


Portland, Oregon, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Policy Associate plays a key role in supporting advocacy, public policy, communications and government relations to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission in Oregon. The Policy Associate provides direct policy analysis and research, executes stakeholder engagement strategies, develops policy communications products and deliverables, serves as liaison between the Oregon Government Relations Team and the Strategic Communications and Marketing Team and represents the organization with internal and external parties. The Policy Associate tracks public policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals, builds and facilitates internal networks, and coordinates meetings, agendas and presentations. This key Government Relations Team member assists in influencing the outcome of policy and strategic communications initiatives in Oregon at the local, state and federal levels.


Our dynamic Government Relations Team is seeking a colleague who is inspired by the potential of policy and advocacy to affect change and advance our conservation goals. Working in a nonpartisan manner, we engage in some of the most critical issues of our time at the state and federal level and apply our organization’s vast science and conservation expertise toward enacting good policy outcomes. We are eager to fill this key role with someone who is relationship based, highly organized, attentive to detail, able to meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality while bringing their creativity, energy and optimism to the position. Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy, or strategic communications initiatives.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government officials and/or agency staff, partners and stakeholders, or organizational leaders.
  • Experience researching information from varied sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience in verbal and written communications, with exceptional analytical, writing and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience cultivating and sustaining relationships and working effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Self-starting, independent worker with experience coordinating complex projects in a fast-paced, decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or strategic communications initiatives at two or more of the following levels: local, regional, state or federal.
  • Experience working with lobbyists and policy professionals in the nonprofit, conservation or environmental sustainability sectors.
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


Estimated starting salary: $66,759 - $73,700 annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.


To apply for job ID# 52099, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 4th, 2022.b Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be a condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason will be considered.