Full-Time Principal Associate, U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
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The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with nearly 200 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment.
Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economy to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.
In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas, and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goals include reversing the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat and conditions on which they depend.
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.
The principal associate helps lead development and implementation of plans to achieve the program’s objectives focused on federal forest management protections for core areas and wildlife and river corridors. The principal associate works closely with project team members in Washington, D.C. and other locations, as well as with staff from conservation science, government relations, and other Pew departments. The position also engages with external organizations, including scientists, non-governmental organizations and industry representatives. The principal associate, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, reports to the project director, U.S. 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.
- Lead or co-lead the development and implementation of effective strategies and plans to deliver program objectives, focusing on federal forest management protections for core areas and wildlife and river corridors.
- Partner with Pew operations staff including communications, conservation science, government relations, as well as overlapping programs from other departments.
- Develop and maintain broad substantive knowledge of domestic habitat management and conservation, including the latest research and policy developments, to inform and advance program priorities. Define and conduct specific research on key policy and scientific issues as needed.
- Assist in the development of program materials, such as issue briefs, web features and newsletters, and ensure communication products meet the highest standard for factual accuracy.
- Identify potential partners and experts who will further Pew’s U.S. land and river conservation objectives at the state and federal level. Assist in the development of funding agreements as relevant. Oversee or assist in oversight of contractors as necessary.
- Grow and maintain a broad network of partners and experts, particularly academic and government scientists, conservation and scientific organizations, and government managers.
- Identify and secure strategic partnerships for program campaign objectives and goals, focusing on business, faith, sportsman, and local economic community representatives.
- Represent Pew in key government meetings, coalition meetings, conferences, and events as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required, advance degree preferred.
- Minimum of six 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.
- Mastery of setting and achieving 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 high degree of independence and autonomy.
- Superior 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. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
- Ability to communicate effectively 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.
- Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
- Effective at working independently with excellent 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 occasional domestic travel for meetings and conferences.
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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