Conservation Finance Fellowship
The Trust for Public Land's (TPL) Conservation Finance Program and its affiliate The Conservation Campaign (TCC) are pleased to announce the establishment of a one-year fellowship focused on Campaigns, Elections, Lobbying and Funding for Parks and Land Conservation. During a one-year term, the fellow will work in the Boston headquarters in close collaboration with TPL conservation finance staff across the U.S. to help in all aspects of TPL's work to create new public funding for land conservation and parks.
Since 1998, The Trust for Public Land and The Conservation Campaign have helped pass more than 450 state and local ballot measures, along with several dozen state legislative campaigns; collectively, these measures have raised more than $35 billion for land conservation and parks. TPL and TCC have amassed an 83% approval rate for these measures and have generated $2,000 in new voter-approved public funding for every dollar of support it has received from donors.
The fellow will report directly to the National Research Director and will be directly engaged in projects that lead to the research, design and passage of legislation and ballot measures for land conservation and parks. TPL operates primarily in a "technical assistance" mode wherein we serve as trusted advisors that provide technical assistance to elected officials that seek our help to explore whether, and how, to create new public funding for land conservation and parks.
The fellowship will be 12 months in duration, full-time and based in Boston. The fellow will receive compensation of $15/HR (Annualized $31,200) as well as benefits (Health Plan Coverage, Life Insurance, Commuter Benefits, etc.). The fellowship is not renewable and will end at the end of the 12 month period.
- Work with the team to conduct feasibility research to determine the legal, fiscal, political, electoral factors that must be examined to provide credible, useful, timely advice to public officials
- Work with team to develop shape the content and format communication materials. This can include: brochures and flyers, websites, social media postings, direct mail pieces as well as Powerpoint presentations
- Support of fundraising efforts for the Conservation Campaign. This could include the research on donor prospects, preparation of materials in support of donor meetings and, coordination of fundraising events
- Work as a part of a team on public opinion survey research to assess whether a potential ballot question of piece of legislation is politically viable and how to design a measure with the best chance of success
- Bachelors degree required. Course work or experience in political science, public policy, urban planning or related area required.
- Experience working on at least one local campaign in a role that had tangible, long-term responsibilities. Experience with using social media in support of a campaign preferred.
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (in particular Word and Excel), Adobe Suite (In Design experience preferred) or other marketing layout/production tools required.
- Demonstrated research, analysis and writing skills.
- Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations in resolving problems.
- A strong passion for electoral politics in the United States, with a specific interest in state and local referenda
- Ability to work independently yet also someone who actively contributes to the efforts of the Conservation Finance team
- A comfort level with basic administrative tasks
- Commitment to TPL's mission of conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
Please apply online.