The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Public Policy Specialist for the Wildlife Protection Department. The primary purpose of this position is to advance the humane treatment of wildlife that are managed, provide direct and long-term humane responses to human-wildlife conflicts, and advance policy reforms for managing wildlife populations that utilize fertility control and conflict prevention strategies. Will also oversee our wild horse and burro policy and advocacy work.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing and managing our policy work on the management of wildlife and responses to wildlife conflicts;
  • Lobbying at the community, corporate, local, state and federal levels; working with regulatory agencies; working on advancing fertility control; registering immunocontraception vaccines at the federal level and in key states; attending meetings; and general support to further the mission, goals and objectives of the section;
  • Providing scientific and general support in developing policies for more effective and humane management in communities by developing the message, goals, strategy and materials on wildlife management and conflict issues;
  • Drafting and compiling education and outreach materials, factsheets, background materials, scientific resources, organizational comments, testimony, and advancing policy reforms;
  • Building community and political support for our Wild Neighbors program, humane management plans and fertility control projects for wildlife that include, but are not limited to deer, beaver, coyotes, geese, wild horses and burros;
  • Supporting wildlife protection through advocacy and public education at the local, state, federal, and tribal levels;
  • Promoting and advocating for the humane and effective management of wild horses and burros on federal, state, and tribal lands, including, but not limited to, Bureau of Land Management lands, National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, National Forests and Grasslands and Tribal Lands;
  • Establishing and building upon professional working relationships with advocates, other NGOs and government agencies involved in wildlife management and wildlife fertility control projects, coordinating and leading wildlife protection coalitions, working groups in which The HSUS involved;
  • Serving as an HSUS liaison for local constituents and members, and responding to requests, inquiries, and complaints regarding animal protection issues.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum two years of experience, public policy, advocacy, or legislative affairs required;
  • Experience in wildlife protection preferred;
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • A high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional executive presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others, internal and external to the HSUS, as well as for facilitating meetings and conducting public speaking/presentations;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant wild horse and burros issues at the state and national level. Strong knowledge of wildlife human-conflict issues and wildlife fertility control;
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and writing for diverse audiences;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities and issues of varying complexity, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member;
  • Demonstrated propensity to be creative, proactive, and self-motivated in the execution and completion of assigned accountabilities.;
  • Willingness to travel extensively.

Please submit a cover letter and resume using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD or may be remote.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.


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