Government Relations Associate

The Nature Conservancy


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Government Relations Associate provides legislative session monitoring, policy research, and project coordination and administrative support to the Government Relationship Manager and the External Affairs team for the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. This position will be based in our Minneapolis office. The range for this salaried role begins at $52,500 USD and is dependent on experience. It includes a generous benefits package. We currently anticipate that the need and/or funding for this position will end December 2022, with the possibility of extending.


The Government Relations Associate works on a variety of activities, including, but not limited to legislative monitoring, maintaining and tracking files and databases, and preparing policy briefs or memo writing. The Associate is responsible for scheduling and preparing for meetings, policy and funding research, preparing briefings for External Affairs staff, facilitating advocacy communications with relevant team members, and coordinating scheduling logistics across the team. The Coordinator also assists in maintaining the team’s legislative bill tracking, relationship management tracking, and basic team administrative support. The Associate may serve as a point of contact to inform Conservancy partners and elected and appointed officials of Conservancy policy and positions. The work will be focused on Minnesota state policy, but the scope may grow to include support for state policy work in North Dakota and South Dakota and at the federal level.


  • Supervises no staff but may assist to oversee the work of volunteers or interns.
  • Performs government relations support and administrative duties under general supervision and established guidelines.
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • May provide assistance with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Prioritizes work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Coordinates with Digital Marketing Strategist, External Affairs Manager and Government Relations Manager to create action alerts and additional digital communications to support direct lobbying work through legislation session.
  • Limited financial responsibility which may include processing check requests and completing travel expense reports. May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget and in consultation with supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience preparing written materials such as but not limited to memos, research documents, policy summaries, official correspondence, or related coursework.  
  • Experience in general program support such as scheduling, meeting preparation, data tracking and research or related experience.
  • Experience with databases, spreadsheets, presentations, and other communications.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies.  



  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to organize time and manage diverse activities.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, business, or sustainability.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience building networks, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.  
  • Demonstrated experience with databases and records maintenance.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.


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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 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.