NWF Hiring Coordinator for Community Wildlife Program


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world.  The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. We are currently seeking a Program Coordinator to join our Community Wildlife team in Washington, DC, (though telework is mandatory during the pandemic).

The Program Coordinator reports to the Community Wildlife Program Manager and works to meet the goals of the Community Wildlife Team by implementing community-based programs and campaigns that equitably create and connect wildlife habitat in communities while connecting people to nature and wildlife.  The Community Wildlife Team is working to integrate equity and justice into its existing program models and exploring new opportunities to engage marginalized communities, such as low-income communities and communities of color. 

In this role you will coordinate the day-to-day functioning of the Community Wildlife Habitat program, the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, the Trees for Wildlife program and other partnerships and campaigns. You will support our partner municipalities and community-based organizations that are working to implement these programs. You will also assist in content creation, help improve online systems, and provide some administrative support to the program team. You will have significant opportunities for professional development and growth.

In this role you will:

  • Support the overall success of the Community Wildlife Team programs and other community-based initiatives and partnerships that align with NWF’s strategic plan.
  • Support the integration of equity and justice into existing program models.
  • Run the online platform for the NWF Community Wildlife Habitat program by effectively communicating with team leaders by email, phone, and social media, providing trainings to new participants, and proactively offering support to communities to help them meet annual goals.
  • Run the online platform for the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge by supporting municipal partners as they sign up for the program, implement their action items and report on their work.
  • Facilitate the annual Trees for Wildlife grant program by managing an application process for native tree seedlings and working with grantees to procure trees and get reports on their events.
  • Support the Taylor Morrison partnership to create and certify monarch butterfly demonstration gardens and habitat open space.
  • Recruit and onboard communities and municipalities to NWF’s programs through email and phone outreach, in-person contacts and leading orientation sessions.
  • In coordination with the Community Wildlife Content Coordinator, write and update blogs, community resources and other content, and support the development of other storytelling initiatives for the Community Wildlife programs.
  • In coordination with the Community Wildlife Manager, support the development of webinars, network-wide meetings, and other presentations with prospective and current partners in our programs.


  • A commitment to the National Wildlife Federation’s mission and to the principles included in our organization’s Equity and Justice strategic plan – www.nwf.org/Equity.
  • Dedicated to deepening their understanding of cultural and systemic racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality and a willingness to craft practices and solutions that address how these injustices impact both the environmental field and marginalized communities
  • Demonstrates awareness of positional power and privilege (both personally and professionally) and its attendant impacts.
  • Demonstrates awareness of the attributes associated with a white dominant culture and takes actions to dismantle hierarchies of oppression within that culture.
  • College degree or two years of related experience is preferred. Studies in Natural Resources, Sustainability, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice or related field is preferred but not required.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, self-starter, well organized, strong communicator, and relationship builder.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative and energy is critical to success.
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Office software and experience.

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

There will be some travel required in this role, approximately 2-3 times / year for community events or conferences (this is on hold during the pandemic).


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The salary range for this position is currently $45,000 - $50,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year.  In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks.  Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world.  We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply.  Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings.  Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.