Serving others is more important than ever. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that WRA is actively hiring for the following position. Join our committed staff as we stay home, stay healthy, and continue to fight to protect the West’s land, air, and water.

Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks an experienced Climate Policy Analyst or Senior Climate Policy Analyst to develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Interior West.  WRA’s Clean Energy Program works to reduce GHG emissions and other environmental impacts of electricity production in the Interior West by accelerating the region’s transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other cleaner energy technologies. This position will focus on developing policies and mechanisms that link our electricity sector work with other economic sectors to enable GHG reductions across the economy.  This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape state-level climate policy and build a clean, sustainable future for the region. The Climate Policy Analyst or Senior Climate Analyst will report to WRA’s Climate Policy Manager and will work closely with our Clean Energy team.  

About Western Resource Advocates

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.
In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


This position can be based in any of WRA’s offices, which are located in Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Carson City, NV. WRA employees are strongly encouraged to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responsibilities and Activities


  • Develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that reduce GHG emissions in the Interior West.
  • Analyze climate policies in order to understand their potential impacts on emissions, overall effectiveness, and ability to achieve science-based emission reductions.
  • Represent WRA in regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums, including through written and oral testimony.
  • Provide counsel and strategic advice regarding state and federal climate policies and regulations.
  • Negotiate and draft complex settlement agreements.
  • Assist with guidance of outside technical and legal consultants.
  • Monitor and track relevant state and federal policy developments.


  • Work directly with the region’s electric utilities, other industries, the business community, consumer groups, the environmental community, and other stakeholders to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Identify and manage effective coalitions of diverse partners to achieve results.


  • Collaborate with WRA program and Communications staff to produce and disseminate materials that effectively communicate our mission, goals and the results of our work to external audiences.


  • Occasional travel to meetings and events, generally within the Interior West (post COVID-19)

Required Qualifications


  • Proven experience working on climate policy issues; 2+ years (Analyst) or 5+ years (Senior Analyst).
  • Background in economics, business, public policy, environmental policy, or related disciplines.
  • Excellent analytical skills.


  • Strong written and oral communication abilities.
  • Comfort and skill in communicating with a variety of policymakers, constituencies and audiences.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

Additional Skills and Learning Opportunities

This section is made up of skills that a candidate may come in with, and if not, may be trained on the job. They are not required and candidates who do not possess these skills yet, should not be discouraged from applying.

  • Experience testifying as an expert witness before administrative and regulatory agencies.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is $50,000-$75,000 for Climate Policy Analyst or $75,000-110,000 for Senior Climate Policy Analyst; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range – most start close to the midpoint of the range.  WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: This position is open until filled, with priority review of applications beginning on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. Learn more about our commitment here: 

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion,  gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply to be WRA’s Climate Policy Analyst or Senior Climate Policy Analyst!

Thank you for your interest in the Climate Policy Analyst role with Western Resource Advocates. Complete the two forms below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

    • Compelling cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment and Hiring Manager, explaining how your qualifications and skills match the needs of the position;
    • Resume;
    • Writing Sample; and
    • Three references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)