Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Conservation Policy

Reports to: Director, Public Lands
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Minimum compensation: $62,000/$68,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening in its Energy and Environment department for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the Conservation Policy team. This position will focus on conservation, natural climate solutions, responsible siting of the renewable energy infrastructure necessary for a clean energy future, analysis of fossil fuel markets, advocating for pollution-free public lands and ocean, and ensuring a just transition for communities.

The ideal candidate will be a team player with strong writing and project management skills; an attention to detail; a commitment to promoting conservation, addressing climate change, and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation policy; and a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues. The position will report to the Director of Public Lands on the Conservation Policy team, and the title will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

This role will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will be part of a dynamic department that supports work across American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Develop, implement, and manage the production and distribution of a variety of written products, such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds, that influence the policy debate on key conservation issues.
  • Conduct research and analysis on conservation and energy issues.
  • Analyze and track pending state and federal legislative proposals, administrative policies, and regulatory changes.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written products for both internal and external partners.
  • Engage in rapid responses to policy developments as needed, including by creating articles, op-eds, fact sheets, social media posts, and shareables.
  • Provide research support for members of the Energy and Environment department.
  • Collaborate with other American Progress policy teams as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Engage in issue-based coalitions and represent American Progress in external meetings such as with Capitol Hill staff, diverse coalition partners, and media contacts to advance the organization’s work.
  • Help embody a culture of justice, equity, and inclusion by performing tasks with these values at their core.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least three years of professional experience in conservation and/or climate policy or a related field for the Policy Analyst role; at least five years of professional experience in conservation and/or climate policy or a related field for the Senior Policy Analyst role. Education, internships, activist roles, and volunteer experience may all be taken into account.
  • Understanding of how environmental and conservation issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
  • Knowledge of conservation, energy, and/or climate issues and the legislative and administrative policymaking process.
  • Research and analytical skills, including attention to detail.
  • Quantitative skills such as the ability to work with large data sets and understand graphs and charts.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate policy matters to a nonpolicy audience.
  • Ability to independently plan, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion.
  • Ability to work under and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to treating all partners with courtesy and respecting those of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of and willingness to learn how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and societal levels.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals, particularly progressive values such as environmental and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Short responses to the following questions should be included in the application:

  • In a few sentences, why are you interested in working on conservation and energy at American Progress?
  • In a few sentences, what unique qualities or perspectives would you bring to this position?

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $62,000, and the Senior Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $68,000.

American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.

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