Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy and Wildlife

Landscape Conservation Washington, District Of Columbia




JOB TITLE:  Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy and Wildlife

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 5

SALARY: $92,000 -$98,000 per year

FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT:  Landscape Conservation

LOCATION: Headquarters, Washington DC

REPORTS TO:  Director, Renewable Energy and Wildlife


LAST REVISED:  November 2021


This professional-level senior position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s renewable energy development and wildlife conservation efforts, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, other key species, and focal landscapes.

Responsibilities include providing leadership on development and implementation of effective 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 Senior Policy Analyst will work closely and collaboratively with conservation partners, federal agencies, states, industry, 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.


  • Identify and engage in priority federal and state policy efforts (legislative and administrative) critical to achieving “Smart from the Start” renewable energy development on public and private lands.
  • Engage in the development of policies and other federal and non-federal landscape-level planning efforts to promote responsible development of wind, solar, and transmission projects.
  • Lead Defenders’ pilot efforts in key states to advance responsible renewable energy development that protects and enhances wildlife and other public values.
  • Provide a national perspective on development and implementation of renewable energy regulations, policies, landscape-level planning efforts, development projects and mitigation programs to ensure consistency between departmental and organizational goals.
  • Closely coordinate engagement on renewable energy and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices, Government Relations, and other key staff.
  • 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 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.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 8 years of relevant experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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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.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Please be advised this position is union-eligible.