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Policy & Advocacy Associate 

Category Policy & Land Conservation  
Location Washington, DC  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Employment Terms At Will  
Position Reports To Director, Policy & Land Conservation  

The Policy & Advocacy Associate (PA) executes Casey Trees’ efforts in the legislative arena, both in-house and in concert with our volunteer corps. The incumbent tracks local legislation, regulations, and planning and provides comprehensive research on relevant policy topics. The PA prepares and presents testimony and public comments and assists in developing D.C.-based advocacy campaigns. Finally, the PA manages Casey Trees’ volunteer advocacy program, training and mobilizing advocates in support of Casey Trees’ mission, motto and tree canopy goal.

Essential Functions:

  • Supports advocacy efforts on a host of items that impact Casey Trees’ mission, including urban forestry, environmental protection, and land use
  • Prepares comments and testimonies for public hearing and testifies in front of the D.C. Council, National Capital Planning Commission, and other local governing bodies as needed
  • Engages in public meetings to share information on Casey Trees’ policy priorities
  • Tracks the performance and budgets of D.C. agencies that impact Casey Trees’ mission and goals
  • Remains informed on city-wide plans, regulations, and legislation relating to tree canopy and natural infrastructure and keeps up to date with emerging policy trends and issues impacting D.C.’s tree canopy including trees and solar conflicts, urban heat island mitigation, and greenspace protection
  • Builds and leverages relationships with key stakeholders, such as policymakers, agency leads, environmental partners, and community-based organizations in and around D.C.
  • Manages Casey Trees’ advocacy volunteer programs, coordinates training workshops, identifies and shares opportunities for political engagement, such as opportunities to present testimony or submit public comments
  • Promotes cross-departmental collaboration to develop strategies to promote and further advocacy with targeted audiences
  • Maintains data/records on programs, events, and constituents to strengthen existing and future advocacy actions
  • Connects people to trees
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

The incumbent has no direct reports but may at times coordinate small groups of volunteers.

Working Conditions

The incumbent works primarily in an office setting and must be able to use equipment such as (not an exclusive list): computer, tablets, smartphones, printer/copier, mobile devices/telephone, automobile, etc.

Physical Demands:

  • While this is primarily a desk job, all CT employees may engage in tree planting/related activities in outdoor environments, year-round in the heat, cold and inclement weather. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to talk, hear, stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, lift files, open filing cabinets, bend or stand on a stool, etc.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a fulltime, exempt position, averaging 40 hours a week. The incumbent must be able and willing to work evenings, weekends, and extended hours when needed.


Travel is primarily local, although some out of the area travel and overnights may be expected.

Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, sustainability policy, environmental studies or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One to three years of experience in environmental policy, political advocacy and campaigns
  • Excellent time management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Proven track record relationship building and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to establish, track, and meet deadlines, often under pressure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge and experience in Metro-DC area environmental issues
  • Track record of successful advocacy campaign development and execution
  • Experience working with local or state government
  • Previous adult instructional experience
About the Organization Casey Trees is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation's capital. For more information visit our website at:  
EOE Statement Casey Trees is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Casey Trees does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.  

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