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  • Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy & Wildlife

    • Employer: Defenders of Wildlife
      Location: Washington, DC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes



    JOB TITLE:  Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy & Wildlife

    GRADE: 25

    SALARY: 51,000 – 66,000

    FLSA:  Exempt

    DIVISION/SITE:  Headquarters, Washington DC

    DEPARTMENT:  Landscape Conservation

    REPORTS TO:  Director, Renewable Energy & Wildlife

    LAST REVISED:  November 2019

    Basic Summary:

    This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s renewable energy development and wildlife conservation efforts, with a focus on offshore wind energy development (Atlantic and Pacific oceans as well as the Great Lakes). The analyst will lead Defenders’ engagement with federal and state policies and permitting processes for offshore development, focusing on offshore wind energy development risk to sensitive species, particularly those protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).. The Analyst will coordinate with Defenders’ renewable energy and wildlife team on our cross-cutting land-based and offshore-wind energy portfolio to ensure consistent implementation of national programs and policies. The Renewable Energy and Wildlife Policy Analyst will also 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 offshore renewable energy regulations, policies, and programs to advance wildlife-responsible renewable energy at the pace and scale needed to mitigate climate change consistent with Defenders’ strategic conservation goals. The Analyst will work closely and collaboratively with conservation partners, federal agencies, states, and other stakeholders to further our objectives; coordinate and/or assist Defenders’ advocacy efforts to influence legislation, federal regulations, policies, and conservation/mitigation strategies; support Defenders’ staff across the organization’s renewable energy work and other relevant issues; and represent Defenders in public fora, including the news media.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Identify and engage in priority federal and state policy efforts (legislative and administrative) critical to advancing wildlife-responsible offshore wind energy development. 

    Assess project-level development plans (e.g., reviewing environmental risk assessment documents completed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), ESA, MMPA, etc.; drafting recommendations to minimize wildlife impacts from renewable energy development; and meeting with stakeholders on priority policy and environmental risk issues) to advance Defenders’ renewable energy and wildlife conservation goals offshore. 

    Closely coordinate engagement on renewable energy and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices, Government Relations, and other key staff.

    Regularly share regional and national perspectives on legislation, development trends and policy implementation related to wildlife-responsible offshore wind energy development with the Director of Renewable Energy and Wildlife.

    Represent Defenders in collaborative efforts related to renewable energy development both at the project-scale and in larger planning, policy and regulatory processes (including, e.g., outreach to conservation partners, states, regulatory agencies, 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 Director of Renewable Energy and Wildlife, the 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.

    Support activities across Defenders’ Renewable Energy and Wildlife program (whether onshore or offshore) to ensure consistency within the program and to advance cohesive, strategic renewable energy development policies across the United States. 

    Perform all other related duties as assigned.



    Advanced degree (Masters Degree or higher) in ecology, climate science, environmental/public policy, natural resources, conservation biology, or related discipline.


    Four 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; engaging in conservation planning and/or federal permitting processes; assessing development impacts and mitigation strategies (preferably in the marine environment). Experience working with federal and/or state agencies, and knowledge of the laws and regulations affecting offshore development, 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 in collaboration with other organizations and staff in interdisciplinary teams.

    Work Expectations:

    Work Environment:

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

    Physical Demands:

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

    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.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our jobs portal at



    About Defenders:

    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.

    Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


    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.



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