Public Policy Coordinator

Mojave Desert Land Trust, Joshua Tree, California

Date PostedDecember 18, 2017
Job StatusFull-time
Salary18.50 per hour

Employment Status: Regular/Full Time/Non-Exempt/Hourly – Starting at $18.50

Reports To: Communications Supervisor

Benefits: Associate shall receive: 11 paid holidays, health insurance stipend or DCA (Dependent Care) allotment, the option to participate in the company 401K retirement plan with company match of employee’s contribution up to 3%, health and personal time off as described in the personnel policy handbook.


The Mojave Desert Land Trust are custodians of extraordinary lands spanning 24.5 million Californian acres. The trust is a non-profit land conservation organization founded in 2005. It works to protect the Mojave’s fragile ecosystems, scenic wonders, and cultural heritage within national parks and preserves, wilderness areas and wildlife corridors. It uses a powerful combination of land acquisition and collaborative stewardship, education and outreach, and an expanding native plant nursery and seed bank. This unique conservation approach has made it one of the most effective land trusts in the western US.


Position summary:

The Public Policy Coordinator works as part of the Communications Team to generate awareness of the organization’s goals and operations, and advocate for policy change. The position requires close cooperation with the Communications Supervisor and the MDLT leadership team to grow supporter engagement in the organization’s conservation goals, influence policymakers’ decisions, and build media and partner relationships.


The Communications Team supports the work of MDLT’s programs in land conservation and stewardship, education and outreach, and native plant conservation.


Key responsibilities


Key responsibilities of the Public Policy Coordinator include, but are not limited to:


  • Research emerging conservation policy issues, develop policy recommendations or proposals and contribute to policy, advocacy, and communication strategies.
  • Leverage organizational voice in line with policy strategies and ensure participation in policy networks.
  • Lead issue-specific communications to promote policy goals.
  • Assist senior staff in researching and preparing briefs, presentations and public communications.
  • Prepare written and multimedia materials for the website and other platforms as assigned.
  • Cultivate media contacts to ensure coverage of organization’s activities.
  • Respond to calls, letters, emails and other contacts requesting policy information.
  • Contribute to social media content curation and generation.
  • As part of the Communication Team, work closely with staff from other departments to assist in planning, coordinating, and implementing communications in support of organizational events and campaigns.
  • Help grow supporter base through developing outreach strategies, and creating and deploying communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Core Knowledge and Skills

We are looking for a team player with experience in developing policy, advocacy and communications strategies. Experience in desert conservation advocacy is a plus.

Specifically, the effective candidate will have:

  • Deep understanding, experience and expertise in conservation policy issues and advocacy efforts. Familiarity with California Desert flora and fauna, arid ecosystems, and/or restoration ecology preferred.
  • Experience in the execution of communications strategies, initiatives and programs.
  • Experience working with policymakers and advocates for conservation policy and advocacy.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a diverse audience. Profile of written and editorial work, including digital writing. Journalism experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of conservation issues.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of social media and digital trends.
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a close and dynamic team.
  • Able to work flexible hours, which include evenings and weekends.
  • Able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline driven team environment.
  • Bilingual speaker a plus
  • Ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license.


Education and Experience

At least 5+ years of experience plus an advanced degree in public policy (or equivalent work experience) in environmental policy, journalism or a related field preferred (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).


Essential Physical Functions: 

  • Work to be conducted in the MDLT HQ, however, some work will be done in legislative and coalition offices.
  • Some lifting required (up to 30 lbs.). Prolonged periods on computer keyboard, standing and/or walking and the ability to drive and otherwise travel substantial distances through a variety of climates and/or terrains.
  • The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Mojave Desert Land Trust proudly values diversity. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and are committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


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