Western Lands Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst


Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking an enthusiastic and analytical relationship builder to join our Western Lands Team. The Western Lands Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will work closely with other members of the Western Lands Program to advance policy to protect at least 50 percent of western lands, with a strong focus on securing strong state-level conservation finance mechanisms to protect, restore and equitably manage western lands. Responsibilities include policy research and analysis; legislative tracking; outreach and relationship-building with a variety of stakeholders, including at relevant meetings and conferences; cross-programmatic coordination and collaboration with WRA’s other programs; active participation in grant application and management; and assistance in organization and program communications for the Western Lands Program.

About Western Resource Advocates

WRA fights climate change and its impacts to sustain the environment, economy, and people of the West. We respect the different needs of diverse people and partner with them to develop a shared vision for progress—one that advances communities while protecting biodiversity.

Our team of policy experts, scientists, economists, and attorneys has a 30-year history of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decisionmakers accountable. This on the ground work with policymakers and other advocates advances clean energy, protects air, land, water, and wildlife—and sustains the lives and livelihoods of the West.


This position may work remotely in our seven-state region, in one of our six offices, or a hybrid of the two. Our seven-state region includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Carson City, NV; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; and Santa Fe, NM. Access to a major airport required, as this position involves some travel.

Responsibilities and Activities

Policy Research, Analysis, Development and Advocacy

  • Develop and advance policy agendas in states within WRA’s seven state region or issue areas as assigned, with a core focus on identifying opportunities and mechanisms to create and improve state-level conservation financing and leveraging of federal funding.
  • Lead research and analysis of current and emerging land conservation issues and policies, including legislation, ballot initiatives, and executive actions, and other similar efforts.
  • Work with other members of WRA’s Western Lands Program, other WRA program areas and external community groups and stakeholders to ensure policy is equitable and inclusive, and consistent with WRA’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion goals.
  • Monitor and engage on relevant conservation finance policy developments at the local, state, and federal level and provide strategic advice on opportunities to advance conservation finance mechanisms at the state, federal and local levels within WRA’s region.

Outreach And Relationship-building

  • Develop and maintain relationships across the West with conservation community partners; elected officials, their staff, and agency staff; and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate key relationships with WRA board members, foundation partners, and donors.
    Identify and pursue opportunities to increase WRA’s presence and visibility as a thought leader on land conservation in the West.

Development, Communications And Program Administration

  • Develop strategy and coordinate WRA’s policy, Government Affairs, Communications teams – and external partners and decision-makers – to meet WRA’s goals for state-level conservation finance mechanisms and appropriations.
  • Collaborate with WRA’s Development and Marketing& Communications teams to draft and/or edit external communications materials related to the Western Lands Program’s work and accomplishments.
  • Collaborate with the Development team on grant letters of interest, proposals, and reports.

WRA Cross-programmatic Coordination And Collaboration

  • Identify and develop opportunities to increase cross-programmatic efforts with WRA’s other programs.
  • A Senior Policy Analyst will also supervise additional staff, interns or fellows on conservation finance policy.


  • Occasional to frequent travel to meetings and events, generally within the Interior West.

Required Qualifications

Policy Analyst Qualifications

  • Strong analytical skills combined with superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply communication skills to collaborate with and help lead and support diverse stakeholder coalitions on complex subjects.
  • Education in or working knowledge of conservation principles advocacy.
  • Familiarity of how state legislative and rulemaking processes work.
  • A policy analyst will typically have 2 -8 years of relevant work experience, which may include post-graduate academic experience.
  • Commitment to WRA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles.
  • Ability to travel.

Senior Policy Analyst Qualifications

  • Existing relationships with key stakeholders and decisionmakers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada or New Mexico relevant to advancing conservation funding.
  • Knowledge of conservation policy and the policy landscape in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada or New Mexico.
  • Experience researching and writing policy, regulations or legislation.
  • Experience managing a legislative or rulemaking campaign with diverse coalition members.
  • Excellent analytical skills combined with superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply communication skills to collaborate with and help lead and support diverse stakeholder coalitions on complex subjects.
  • Commitment to WRA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles.
  • A senior policy analyst will typically have at least 8 years of relevant work experience, which may include post-graduate academic experience.
  • Ability to travel.

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some small amount of travel may be required within WRA seven-state region to attend retreats and other events.

Salary And Benefits

The salary range for the Policy Analyst position is $55,000-$80,000, and the Senior Policy Analyst position is $75,000-$115,000 annually; salary depends on relevant experience. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes a 401(k)-retirement plan with up to 5% matching and health, dental, vision, and life & disability insurance with 100% of premiums for employee coverage paid by WRA. Annually, staff receive three weeks paid vacation leave to start, twelve paid sick days, one paid volunteer day, one paid birthday off, 12 paid holidays, and WRA is closed for Winter Break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for additional paid time off. After one-year employees are eligible for up to twelve weeks of parental leave with the first six weeks paid, and after five years, staff are eligible for up to twelve weeks of paid sabbatical leave. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline To Apply: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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 Western Lands Policy Analyst Or Senior Policy Analyst!

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

  • Cover letter describing your relevant qualifications and the reason for your interest in WRA and this position;
  • Resume; and
  • Writing sample (no more than 5 pages).

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