Sr. Government Relations Representative
Arlington, VA US
Posted 3 days ago
Job Description
We are seeking a lead lobbyist to support The Conservation Fund’s Departments, programs and project leaders, primarily by helping represent the organization with the Administration, Congress, and NGOs.  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.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Work as part of the Government Relations Department and with the Fund’s Conservation Acquisitions Department to help select, implement and complete land acquisition projects.
  • Work as part of the Government Relations Department to provide support for the Funds Sustainable Programs, Conservations Ventures, Mitigation programs, and other initiatives.
  • Maintain relationships with the legislative and executive branches as a lead lobbyist.
  • Serve as the lead liaison for the southeast U.S. Congressional delegations.
  • Advance appropriations and authorizing legislation to provide federal land conservation funding such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), to help the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and state and local agencies achieve their land acquisitions goals.
  • Advocate for programmatic funding, overseeing the Fund’s participation in a range of federal grant programs, and building partnerships with federal departments and agencies.
  • 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 authorizing legislation.
  • Represent the Fund in partnerships with conservation organizations, businesses, and landowners relating to federal policy, federal appropriations, and agency budgets.
  • Ensure compliance with Congressional and executive branch lobbying rules.
The qualified candidate will have six to twelve 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.  Must have an understanding of the federal appropriations and authorization processes, and federal land management agencies.  An advanced degree is desirable.  Strong written and verbal communication skills needed.  Some traveling will be required, including over-night stays.

Must demonstrate ability to achieve annual business results; show strong initiative, entrepreneurship, and strategic thinking; possess a high degree of integrity, honesty, maturity and judgement; foster communication that is direct, productive and two-way; support the development of self and others to maximum potential by valuing diversity, equity and continuous learning; and foster team building and a vision and commitment to land conservation including fish and wildlife habitat protection, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

Candidates should possess a valid driver’s license and be able to accommodate frequent local travel via personal or public transportation.  Candidate must be able to communicate verbally, in writing, and via electronic communication.
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, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and 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.


Special Notes/Instructions
Interested/qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter with salary requirements to or fax to 703-525-4610. For additional information, visit our website at
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The Conservation Fund is an equal opportunity employer, to promote diversity in the workplace and within organizational leadership, including race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual or gender identity or expression, age, national origin, military/Veteran status, or disability.
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Salary and Benefits
Based on experience
We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation/sick/holidays, parental leave and a 403(b) plan.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
6 to 12 years
 This company is a Federal Contractor
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