Policy Associate

Job Information

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Close Date: 05/21/2021
  • Hiring Organization: NC Conservation Network
  • Contact Name: Grady McCallie
  • Contact Email: grady@ncconservationnetwork.org


The NC Conservation Network (NCCN) is looking for a smart, resourceful, and detail-oriented advocate for a two-year stint as our Policy Associate. NCCN works together with nearly 100 partner organizations across North Carolina to protect public health and the environment through issue advocacy campaigns. The Policy Associate is a key member of the organization’s policy staff, helping strengthen environmental protection while getting an in-depth exposure to advocacy in North Carolina. NCCN is committed to racial equity and inclusion, and this value is a key part of our advocacy-based issue work, including the work of the Policy Associate.

The Policy Associate works as an integral member of NCCN’s five-person policy staff. Other policy staff specialize in environmental justice, energy, water, air, toxics, and resilience issues; the Policy Associate provides vital support advancing campaigns across these topics. Working under the direct supervision of NCCN’s Policy Director, the Policy Associate researches issues, sets up and attends meetings with state legislators, and helps draft comment letters and reports for public release. During the NC legislative session, the Policy Associate tracks environmental bills in the state legislature and has lead responsibility for producing NCCN’s weekly Legislative Update. The position is a great entry point to a career in environmental advocacy, and is a two year position. The position may involve non-traditional hours during the state legislative session.

NOTE: The position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the ongoing pandemic, all staff are working remotely; the office is likely to reopen for at least some in-person work in a few months. At that point, the job will involve in-person as well as remote meetings with allies, agency officials, legislators, and legislative staff.


Research, analyze, and write on environmental topics.
Year-round, NCCN relies on the Policy Associate to conduct research and analysis that undergirds issue advocacy campaigns. Projects may, for example, consist of: conducting phone calls, emails, and online research to understand how other states address an issue emerging in North Carolina; evaluating how well a state rule has worked over the last decade; or drafting a comment letter suggesting improvements to a proposed permitting rule.

Track environmental legislation and draft legislative updates.
During the state legislative session, the Policy Associate tracks key environmental bills in the state legislature. The Policy Associate listens to and summarizes committee meetings and assembles NCCN’s weekly Legislative Update, which keeps ally organizations up to date on events in the session.

Participate in coalition campaigns and advocate directly.
As the Policy Associate develops deeper expertise in specific topics, the Associate will be asked to brief coalitions, draft factsheets and explanatory materials for specific campaigns, and at times lobby decision makers directly.


Critical Job Skills/ Experience

  • BA or BS in environmental policy, environmental science, or public policy
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in research strategies, and care with detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing skills


  • Advanced degree in law, environmental science or policy or economics, or a related field
  • Passion for the environment, public health, and justice for communities
  • Lived experience in a community affected by environmental injustice
  • Experience working with grassroots or state level advocacy organizations
  • Training or expertise with GIS systems and analysis


Starting salary for the position is $45K to $55K.

Employment with the NC Conservation Network includes a full benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and retirement, as well as generous vacation and sick time.

NC Conservation Network is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, sex, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email (do not mail) your resume and cover letter by May 21, 2021.

Please address the cover letter to Grady McCallie, Policy Director, NC Conservation Network, 234 Fayetteville St, 5th floor, Raleigh, NC 27601, and send the email to grady@ncconservationnetwork.org with the subject Attn: Policy Associate Position.

At a later point in the hiring process we will also ask for a short writing sample discussing some topic related to the environment, public health, or public policy, or otherwise demonstrating your ability to communicate the results of research and analysis.

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