State Policy Research Associate (External Affairs Associate III)

State Policy Research Associate (External Affairs Associate III)

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The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The State Policy Research Associate will play a vital role in the development and support of replicable policy interventions at the state and local level to advance the climate, water, and lands outcomes of the North America Agriculture Program. A priority area for this work will be to research and design policy interventions to expand the implementation of Edge of Field practices, such as vegetative buffers and wetlands, as well as scaling up soil health practices. This position will report into the North America Agriculture Program, working closely with an interdisciplinary team from North America Policy and Government Relations, Global Conservation Campaigns, numerous state Business Units, and external stakeholders. The State Policy Research Associate will have strong analytical skills, experience in policy analysis, and an understanding of law and the legislative process.


  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Prepare program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or industry.
  • May provide assistance with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals; act independently on assigned tasks and exercise judgment based on experience, referring difficult questions to rest of the team.
Location: DC Metro Area;All United States
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: June 19, 2022
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