Climate and Energy Program Fellow, National Wildlife Federation

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 11/13/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Climate and Energy Program Fellow, National Wildlife Federation
Position/Title/Fund: Climate and Energy Program Fellow, National Wildlife Federation
Type/Term: Full-time, 11-month term
Location: Washington, D.C. (office, hybrid or remote)
Salary: $20/hour
Deadline: Open until filled

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than seven million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

Our Climate and Energy Program advances domestic policies at the federal, state, and regional levels that curb greenhouse gas emissions, speed an equitable transition to clean energy and industry, and expand natural and technological carbon removal. NWF seeks to grow bipartisan support for short- and long-term congressional action on climate, working with a range of partners to build diverse coalitions.

To support our mission, we are seeking a Climate and Energy Program Fellow to join our Conservation team. The Fellow will provide research and advocacy support for two project areas within our program portfolio: sustainable aviation fuels and clean energy transmission. This position is part of NWF’s fellowship program. NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00 per hour plus core benefits.

The Climate and Energy Program Fellow will report directly to the Senior Policy Specialist and the Staff Attorney for the Climate and Energy Program. The Fellow will also work alongside the rest of the team to perform and synthesize subject-matter research, track congressional activity, and produce materials to support our program.


  • Research, write, and provide coordination support for reports, blogs, memos, and factsheets, focusing on climate change impacts and mitigation strategies for wildlife related to transmission development on- and offshore, and clean fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
  • Monitor congressional hearings and briefings and track federal legislation.
  • Help climate team produce or update data-driven reports on complex climate issues at the intersection of wildlife, the environment, and just energy infrastructure buildout.
  • Perform administrative duties and help with organizing internal and external partners’ coordination on shared workstreams.


  • Passion for addressing climate change in creative and pragmatic ways that allow wildlife and people of all backgrounds to survive and thrive
  • Excellent research and analytical abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to clearly synthesize scientific or technical information for different audiences
  • Self-starter able to work effectively in both a team-based and independent environment
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities
  • A demonstrated and documented interest and experience in research, data mapping, policy and/or advocacy. This can include a BA/BS degree in economics, environmental studies, biology, or related field, or at least 1-2 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Experience with ArcGIS and basic graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator a plus
How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit the following materials:

  • Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume
  • Applications without a cover letter will not be considered

For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: