Policy Manager – Native American Land Conservancy

Remote/Southern CA

Position Summary:

The Policy Manager is the primary person working with external non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. The incumbent will attend and represent the Conservancy in regular coalition meetings with conservation organizations and other partners. They will also engage as needed in oral or written advocacy. They will research and develop internal and public policy positions on issues and projects. Tribal engagement is important, and the incumbent will interact with tribal environmental protection agencies, tribal historic preservation offices, and other appropriate entities to learn tribal stances on issues and projects, bring tribal perspectives to conservation partners and their efforts, support efforts of tribes on conservation issues, and to connect tribes with conservation groups and projects. Maintaining confidentiality is crucial for this role, as is sensitivity and patience.


  • Establish and/or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of local communities, tribes, governments, public interest groups, tribal EPAs, THPO offices, and other entities
  • Represent the Conservancy in interactions with coalition partners and build new partnerships
  • Represent the Conservancy with the public and at community events
  • Craft and deliver oral and written comments to legislators, governmental agencies, and other decision-makers on tribal stewardship and conservation issues
  • Research and prepare briefs, reports or memos on conservation and tribal stewardship issues
  • Present on conservation issues at meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Work with marketing to create content for social and other media
  • Coordinate the implementation and application of scientific studies within the Conservancy
  • An entrepreneurial approach in supporting the growth of the Conservancy.
  • Visit Conservancy holdings on conservation visits as needed
  • Assist with conservation related items for the Conservancy’s holdings
  • Assist with tribal outreach and engagement
  • Assist with coordination of site monitors for Conservancy preserves as needed
  • Assist with programs as needed


Long-term employment is contingent upon successful completion a 90-day probationary period.

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy, Tribal Affairs, Public Policy, or related field desired
  • Experience working within tribal communities or in the conservation space can be substituted for educational experience
  • Excellent written, presentation, and oral communication skills, delivered in a manner appropriate to the audience
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Strong public relations skills
  • Respect for tribes, sensitivity to cultural differences, and ability to communicate across cultural lines with kindness and patience
  • Positive attitude and collegial interpersonal skills
  • Innovative thinker with problem solving skills and ability to self-motivate
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with Google Suite platform and social media
  • Understanding of tribal land management and traditional ecological knowledge
  • The ability and willingness to travel locally and throughout the state
  • The ability and willingness to work remotely and independently
  • Ability to establish priorities, organize, schedule, and complete tasks independently
  • Strong commitment to Conservancy’s values and objectives
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable and safe source of transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with Native American communities and programs
  • Qualified Native American applicants strongly encouraged to apply

Salary: Starts at $64,000.

To Apply:

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to hr@nativeamericanland.org. Use the subject line: NALC – Policy Manager. Submit files in one combined PDF.
  • Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before 5:00 PM PT on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
  • Resume review will begin immediately.

For more information please see the position description.

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