Press Secretary

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full Time Nonprofit

Job Description

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing. 

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Press Secretary to work with the Communications team in our Washington, D.C. office. The Press Secretary reports to the Federal Communications Director, and will work with other communications staffers and program experts in Washington (as well as in other NRDC offices) to promote the full array of NRDC’s federal agenda, which includes climate change, clean air, clean water, clean energy, transportation, energy efficiency, decarbonization of buildings, regenerative agriculture and health issues. The Press Secretary will craft and implement proactive media strategies, respond in real time to media inquiries (from TV networks and cable television to the trade press and activists-bloggers), draft press statements, media advisories and talking points for our program experts, ghost Op-Eds, and letters to the editor, and collaborate with other environment groups in joint efforts.


  • The Press Secretary occupies a key role in the Communications team, projecting NRDC and its positions on a wide variety of environmental issues. The target audiences include media that reach not only the general public but also the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as interest groups and stakeholders.
  • The Press Secretary is expected develop, maintain and expand NRDC’s list of media contacts--and to reach out to them regularly in order to shape stories, thereby creating a desired narrative BEFORE a contrarian story line has taken hold.
  • The Press Secretary is expected develop, maintain and expand NRDC’s list of media contacts--and to reach out to them regularly in order to shape stories, thereby creating a desired narrative BEFORE a contrarian story line has taken hold.
  • The Press Secretary also will help program staffers conceive, develop and shape reports by advising on concept as well as structure—and ensure that the relevant messages and findings are clear, compelling and of interest to press and decision makers. Working in collaboration with program staffers, the Press Secretary will shape the content and messages on issues-papers and fact sheets.


  • At least three years of experience in writing and editing is required, preferably involving public policy, with an emphasis on science and/or environmental issues.
  • Strong organizational skills and project management capacities are essential. Initiative is highly desirable.
  • Experience in, and detailed knowledge of, politics, particularly in the federal arena, are preferred.
  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to quickly conceive, organize, compose public messages, and to translate complex material into everyday but compelling language.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Job grade for this role is Solves 2 with a salary ranging from a minimum of $65,000 to a midpoint of $70,000. Note that candidates with more or less experience will be considered, and the salary will be commensurate with experience. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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