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31 Aug 2021

Full-Time Research Coordinator

National Wildlife Federation – Posted by bowenak Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is 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, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation’s mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

We are looking for a Research Coordinator to join our international team in Washington, DC (due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to office decisions, expected to be in early 2022). For the past thirty years, NWF has worked internationally to protect wildlife habitat in key regions of the tropics. The goal of our international work is to eliminate tropical deforestation and human rights abuses driven by the production of globally traded agricultural commodities (soy, beef, leather, palm oil, cocoa, pulp and paper).

In this role you will be responsible for helping coordinate a project that seeks to improve sustainable business practices of major meatpacking companies in Brazil and Paraguay. This includes conducting desk-based research, synthesizing technical information for non-technical audiences, producing compelling factsheets, policy briefings, presentation and other materials, as well as assisting with our external corporate engagement activities and providing internal administrative and operational support. The role is central to the overall success of the program.

In this role you will:

  • Work closely alongside scientists, researchers, and policy experts to help advance corporate deforestation-free supply chain solutions for key agricultural commodities in the tropics, with a specific focus on the cattle sector in Brazil and Paraguay.
  • Work closely alongside NWF staff and partners to secure new policies from key companies and drive implementation of those policies.
  • Conduct desk-based research, compile relevant scientific publications and reports, synthesize technical information for non-technical audiences and produce compelling corporate engagement materials, including factsheets, policy briefings, presentations, reports, etc.
  • Review, edit, and fact-check reports and documents developed internally and with our partners, as needed
  • Coordinate outreach and engagement to key meatpacking companies in Brazil and Paraguay as well as major investors, financial institutions, supermarkets and brands.
  • Provide administrative and operational support to help ensure the overall success of our international program, including tracking workflows and deliverables, compiling progress reports from partners, preparing grant reports for funders, scheduling internal and external calls and meetings, taking notes, and disseminate action items, organizing files and other relevant duties, as assigned.


  • At least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong quantitative skills with the ability to synthesize research and visualize data.
  • Experience producing presentations, factsheets, policy briefs, and reports
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. Attention to detail is essential.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and different priorities.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work well with diverse stakeholders and groups.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Business Management, Environmental Studies, or related field.
  • Professional proficiency or fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Experience working with international teams and partners.
  • Experience working on large complex projects with multiple partners.
  • Experience working on issues related to agriculture production, tropical deforestation, and/or corporate sustainability practices.

NWF Values:

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

  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
  • Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF’s mission


Some domestic and/or international travel may be required when deemed safe and appropriate.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $46,000 – $52,000 annually, dependent on 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 l eave, 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


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.

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

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.

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


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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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