National Wildlife Federation
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Center
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Full Time

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

We seek a leader in the environmental field of law to serve as our public lands counsel and senior advisor.  The successful candidate will be the organization's lead counsel on public lands issues, reviewing administrative actions and proposed policy and helping to shape and inform the public lands agenda for the National Wildlife Federation.  The public lands counsel will be an integral member of NWF's cross-organizational public lands team based in Denver and will work with our affiliates and other departments across the organization.   Areas of focus will include: protecting and enhancing wildlife corridors; energy development on federal lands; sage grouse conservation plan protection and implementation; protecting important landscapes critical for wildlife; expanding protected lands through administrative and legislative action; and keeping the federal estate whole. The public lands counsel will be an integral part of NWF's public lands team and will also serve on NWF's litigation team that assesses when and how the organization should take legal action.

The public lands counsel will be based in Denver and report to the Associate Vice President for Public

In this role you will:

  • Serve as NWF's advisor on the actions of the Department of Interior and the Forest Service and other federal or state agencies that affect public lands. Review administrative actions as well as proposed laws to assess their potential effects on public lands, waters and wildlife and advise the public lands team on how best to respond. Prepare formal comment from NWF during agency public comment periods and occasionally prepare written testimony or letters for hearings on Capitol Hill. From sage grouse conservation plan amendments, to oil and gas lease sales, to environmental impact statements, to land management plans, this is the person anyone on the public lands team or from our affiliates will turn to in order to ask, "what does this really mean?" or "does this adhere to NEPA [or fill in the blank on the law]?"
  • Coordinate strategy with and provide NWF leadership among colleague organizations and coalitions in conservation communities.
  • Serve as the client contact for public lands litigation that NWF becomes party to.
  • Review NWF materials and communications for accuracy. Write blog posts as needed.


  • Juris doctorate and bachelor's degrees, preferably with environmental focus.
  • Ten years of law or policy practice in the environmental field, preferably in public lands, for a non-profit organization or government. Advocacy experience a plus.
  • The successful candidate will be equally comfortable quietly diving into and assessing the intricacies of an Environmental Impact Statement and explaining that document in a compelling way to the general public.
  • Deep understanding of the West and public land law.
  • Works well with others. Laughs, with little tolerance for drama.
  • Able to respond to the short term while playing the long game for conservation.
  • The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

In this role there will be only occasional travel required, with an average of once per month, for a day or two.

We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, and religious and political belief. Diversity at the National Wildlife Federation translates into understanding and valuing each other's perspectives.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.  

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