Climate and Public Lands Senior Consultant

Waxman Strategies, a progressive public affairs firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, is accepting applications for a six month consultant position to advance our work to protect public lands and drive action on climate change. This consultant position would oversee an intensive project to raise visibility and public opposition on fossil fuel and mining companies seeking to operate on public lands. We’re looking for talented, driven candidates with experience in grassroots organizing, communications and multi-stakeholder engagement to lead our public lands campaign.

Who we are: 

Deemed “one of the most accomplished legislators of his or any era” by President Obama, former Congressman Henry Waxman leads our all-star team, using advocacy, communications and campaigns to help shape policies, advance causes and build movements around the world. We primarily work in the areas of environment, health care and technology. Our clients include the Arcus Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, NRDC, Alaska Wilderness League, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, the National Association of Community Health Centers, Planned Parenthood and FoodShot. Much of our advocacy work is conducted in partnership with the non-profit organization Mighty Earth (

Background on the position: 

Public lands are our natural heritage; millions of acres, jointly owned by all Americans. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is working to despoil these lands with a spree of oil drilling, coal mining, and other destructive projects without consideration for the natural wonders in these landscapes. Since taking office, the Trump administration has moved to let big oil and mining companies loose in dozens of protected areas including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bears Ears National Monument, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. So far in 2019 leases for oil drilling on public lands alone topped $1.1 billion, triple the previous record set in 2008.

We are working to stop oil and mining companies from damaging these public lands and to move away from fossil fuels. Waxman Strategies has a long track record of successful campaigns to transform major industries to stop pollution and environmental destruction.

In this position, you will take on the Trump Administration’s anti-public lands, anti-climate agenda. You will run campaigns strategically targeting companies tied to attacks on our public lands; draw heightened attention when those companies pursue development opportunities that originate from corrupt policy decisions and endanger public lands and health. You will bring the pressure of investors and other financial stakeholders to bear and help drive a wedge between those companies and the Trump Administration, while raising the profile of place-based fights.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and deploying effective strategies to drive large extractive industries away from new projects on public lands.
  • Engaging and negotiating directly with companies seeking public lands access.
  • Interfacing with Waxman’s clients and reaching out to and building relationships with allies in the conservation community.
  • Creating and deploying strategic communications, through traditional and social media. Responsibilities include creating communications plans, drafting outreach materials, communicating directly with the press, and serving as a spokesperson on this issue.
  • Planning and executing grassroots events.
  • Collaborating with Waxman’s investor engagement team to gain the support of that community.

Who you are:

  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience, with a background in advocacy, organizing and communications.
  • You are passionate about preserving public lands, fighting air and water pollution, solving climate change, and protecting biodiversity.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You enjoy building relationships and spending time on the phone and video with many types including clients, CEOs, civil society organizations, and more.
  • You have a commitment to and experience working with people from a variety of racial, ethic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.
  • You have experience developing campaign strategy and figuring out how to move decision makers.
  • You enjoy writing and can take complex information and create materials and reports.
  • You are a proven self-starter, able to push a campaign forward.

Details: Candidates must be based in Washington, DC. You will report to our Vice President, Environment Practice and will work closely with our senior environment team members. This is a six-month consultancy, from July to December 2019. In some cases, Waxman is open to discussing a permanent position.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and we can discuss your pay expectations early in the interview process. This consultancy includes paid time off.

Application Deadline: Please submit applications by Wednesday, June 12. However, applications will be considered as they are submitted and the job description will remain posted until the position is filled. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job.

Waxman Strategies is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.




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