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Senior Government Relations Representative

Arlington, VA 


The Conservation Fund (“TCF” or the “Fund”) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the dual mission of protecting America’s most important land, water, and natural resources while also supporting economic growth in communities.  Top‐ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, in its 33‐year history The Conservation Fund has protected more than eight million acres of critical conservation property worth $4.7 billion across all 50 States. 


The Senior Government Relations Representative is a lead lobbyist supporting The Conservation Fund’s departments, programs and project leaders, primarily by helping represent the organization with the Administration, Congress, and Non‐Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The position will focus on providing Government Relations assistance for securing federal funding through Congressional appropriations and authorizations, agency grant programs and other public funding sources in order to complete priority conservation projects.      


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Maintain relationships with the legislative and executive branches, as a lead lobbyist. ∙ Serve as the lead liaison for western U.S. Congressional delegations. 
  • Advocate for programmatic funding, overseeing the Fund’s participation in a range of federal grant programs and building partnerships with federal departments and agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and others. 
  • Advance appropriations and authorizing legislation to provide federal land conservation funding, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (“LWCF”), to help the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and state and local agencies achieve their land acquisition goals. 
  • Provide information to the Fund’s field offices about the federal budget, appropriations process, federal grant programs, authorizing legislation and rulemakings along with agency policies and decisions. ∙ Track and engage in federal authorizing legislation. 
  • Represent the Fund in partnerships with conservation organizations, businesses and landowners relating to federal policy, federal appropriations and agency budgets. 
  • Support the Fund’s Conservation Acquisitions Department to help select, implement and complete land acquisition projects. 
  • Support the Fund’s Sustainable Programs, Conservation Ventures, Mitigation programs and other initiatives.   


  • Bachelor’s degree in law and/or natural resources field; an advanced degree is desirable.
  • At least 10 years of related experience, with a minimum of three years of work experience in Congress or the Executive Branch; related non‐profit or private sector employment will also be considered. ∙ Ability to communicate verbally, in writing and via electronic communication. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve annual business results. 


  • Understanding of the federal appropriations and authorization processes and federal land management agencies.   
  • Strong initiative, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking. 
  • A high degree of integrity, honesty, maturity and judgment. 
  • Ability to foster communication that is direct, productive and two‐way. 
  • Commitment to supporting the development of self and others to maximum potential by valuing diversity, equity and continuous learning. 
  • Dedication to fostering team building. 
  • Vision and commitment to land conservation including fish and wildlife habitat protection, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.   


  • Work is performed primarily in an office setting. 
  • Estimated travel of 10‐15%. 


This position offers a competitive salary, opportunities to earn performance‐based bonus compensation and a highly competitive package of benefits including employer contributions for health care, paid holidays, vacation and personal/sick leave, retirement plan and more. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice. 

To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit https://www.conservationfund.org.


Qualified candidates should email their resume with cover letter to:  careers@conservationfund.org.   

The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Posted May 4, 2021

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