Climate Policy Associate

The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

Location: Minneapolis

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 70 countries, all 50 United States, and your community. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity, therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter team. 

The Nature Conservancy’s MN, ND, SD chapter seeks an experienced external affairs professional to join the team based in Minneapolis working as a Climate Policy Associate.  The Climate Policy Associate will advance The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by developing and executing strategies designed to broaden support for and to advance climate policy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Climate Policy Associate will coordinate efforts to broaden support for action on climate policy first in Minnesota and later in North and South Dakota.  The individual will serve as the project manager for the Chapter’s climate work which will include: 1) conducting research and serving as subject matter expert when it comes to climate policy, 2) development of strategy to advance policy and public funding priorities for the benefit of TNC’s climate goals, 3) policy analysis and tracking policies and decisions that directly affect TNC’s climate goals and 4) coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations.  The Climate Policy Associate will work closely with the External Affairs Director to develop the strategic approach and workplan. 

 The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in natural resources, climate, energy and/or agriculture policy, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Fluency in English.

·         Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.

·         Experience working with Minnesota’s key stakeholder and experience building trust with influential constituencies.

·         Experience with legislative, planning, policy, or corporate initiatives at either the country, state or local level.

·         Experience with organization skills and attention to detail.

·         Experience being a collaborative team member.


·         Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated.

·          Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.

·         Experience in writing formal correspondence, drafting policy analysis memos, and interpreting legislative and regulatory processes.

·         Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.

·         Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders. 

·         Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

·         Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.


If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, including paid vacation, sick and holidays, a 401K retirement savings plan, health and dental insurance plus more, then please visit to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 47820 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 16, 2019.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of all genders, diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.