Government Relations Specialist

Nature Conservancy

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


The Government Relations Specialist plans, implements, and coordinates projects and programs to influence the outcomes of federal and state public policy initiatives to further the Conservancy’s mission. S/he develops strategic partnerships with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and state legislature, agencies, conservation organizations, and associations to advance the organization’s conservation agenda. Duties may include daily contact with local, state and/or federal officials and external partners and contacts on matters pertaining to administrative, legislative, and/or other policy action related to the mission of The Nature Conservancy. S/he works with an interdisciplinary team to advise on complex and strategic issues. S/he liaises with TNC’s conservation staff, other external affairs staff, and TNC’s Operating Units to further conservation goals and strategy.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job. In addition, there may be expectations for work outside the local business unit.


  • Represents The Nature Conservancy before federal and state elected and executive agency officials, partners, special interest groups, and assists with building support for statewide and regional policy objectives;
  • Coordinates with Massachusetts staff, regional staff, World Office staff, and work in partnership with TNC staff in neighboring states to support conservation in the region;
  • Sets conservation public policy and funding objectives; fosters opportunities, including conflict resolution and strategic and dynamic approaches. Experiments to find creative solutions. Influences the outcome of public policy and funding at federal and state levels;
  • Evaluates complex political situations and make sound, adaptive and creative decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment;
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities and tracks policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals. Reviews and comments and provides testimony on draft legislation and regulations and policies. Prepares program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications;
  • Convenes and lead constructive alliances and coalitions to achieve collaborative outcomes. Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or diverse partners;
  • Works independently, and in collaboration with supervisor;
  • Periodic travel throughout the state or region, and to Washington, D.C. or elsewhere for advocacy/coordination with TNC Worldwide Office staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure;
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at federal and state levels;
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership;
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Ability to travel throughout the state or region, and to Washington, D.C. or elsewhere for advocacy/coordination with TNC Worldwide Office staff.


  • Knowledge of current political, socio-economic and conservation trends and issues in the state; excellent working knowledge of Congress and Federal Administration and knowledge of Massachusetts Legislature as it relates to conservation issues. Ability to develop and implement long term strategies for legislative, policy and funding success;
  • Knowledge/familiarity of innovative and traditional strategies for legislative and agency environmental conservation and protection at the state, federal and local levels;
  • Ability to interpret complex science and communicate a compelling message to support public policy and funding for conservation in an understandable fashion to policy makers;
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, diverse stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff;
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, collaborating with diverse stakeholders, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders;
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.

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