Legislative Analyst, Government Relations

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


This Legislative Analyst will support members of the Political Affairs team in their work to advance climate, clean energy, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and other pro-environment legislation in Congress. The Analyst will conduct research, track legislation, attend congressional hearings, draft communications pieces, and assist with strategy development. The Legislative Analyst may also participate in internal and external meetings on behalf of EDF. This person will report to Senior Managers of Federal Affairs, and will work collaboratively with the Political Affairs team and other program staff across the organization.


Key Responsibilities


Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research and track key legislation and administration actions that will advance or could hinder EDF’s priorities.
  • Help the Political Affairs team communicate with Congress by sending out statements, EDF reports and publications, and other correspondence to congressional offices.
  • Track and support the drafting and submission of public comments and other correspondence in response to administrative actions.
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings, administration and Regional Fishery Management Council meetings and events, and stakeholder coalition meetings on behalf of EDF and produce polished notes.
  • Identify opportunities for the Political Affairs team to advance our message to Congress and the administration, including monitoring and tracking statements made by members of Congress and high-level administration officials; identifying opportunities for cross-EDF collaboration; and harnessing stakeholder partners.
  • Research climate and environmental impacts in key congressional districts.
  • Monitor grant deliverables and consultant progress.
  • Create talking points on priority legislation, customized for specific state and stakeholder audiences.
  • Provide support to the Political Affairs team in executing fly-ins and other events.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Political Affairs team to ensure interactions with congressional offices are coordinated and aligned.
  • Support the tracking of meetings and contacts in EDF databases.


  • Demonstrated interest in climate change and environmental issues, in particular marine and fisheries policy.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of professional and/or research experience in environmental policy, environmental advocacy, or related field, or a Master’s degree and 1 year of related experience.
  • Must be comfortable with various online meeting and communications platforms.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, detail-oriented and able to meet sometimes quick deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving skills, calm composure in high-pressure situations, and a respect for unique and diverse perspectives.
  • Preference for candidates who have worked within a congressional office or with C-Suite staff in some capacity. 
  • A desire to advance EDF Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental challenges we face. This includes fostering equitable systems and empowering diverse constituencies both internally and externally.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.