Manager, Federal Relations

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Published: April 18, 2023
Washington, D.C.
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Policy / Program Management
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation specializes in bringing all parties to the table – individuals government agencies nonprofit organizations and corporations. Together we protect and restore imperiled species, promote healthy oceans and estuaries, improve working landscapes for wildlife, advance sustainable fisheries and conserve water for wildlife and people.

We believe that good organizations start with good people, and we strive for excellence in pursuit of our mission through the values that guide our work:

  • A passionate commitment to conservation
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism and pursuit of excellence
  • Sense of community

We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace believing that a range of backgrounds perspectives and experiences contributes to the success of our mission and offer a competitive benefits package to attract the best candidates.

  • If you believe your values experience and skills would complement our mission please join our team!


The Manager, Federal Relations responsibilities include managing NFWF’s annual appropriation agreements with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the NOAA DARRP partnership; coordinating environmental policy review clearance for FWS funded projects; managing select agency directed, national, and event oriented cooperative agreements; developing agreement paperwork for new and continuing federal cooperative agreements; development of agency-level partnership reports; tracking and quality control over periodic and final reports for cooperative agreement reports to federal partners; and assisting with other Government Relations activities as needed.   


  • Manage, in conjunction with the Senior Director Federal Relations, all aspects of the annual FWS, BLM, and USFS appropriation agreements including development of awards with agencies, tracking project obligations, developing environmental compliance implementation strategies, coordination with agency and NFWF staff, and ensuring all reporting requirements are met. 
  • Manage the NOAA DARRP partnership in coordination with program staff and assist with other small or one-time partnerships as needed. 
  • Develop federal cooperative agreement and partnership paperwork – scope of work, budget, and federal application forms – in coordination with NFWF Science and Program staff. 
  • Assist the Senior Director Federal Relations in overseeing federal agency relationships including preparing meeting material, participating in meetings, and briefing NFWF staff on meeting outcomes.
  • Provide project management support for partnership and projects managed by the Senior Director Federal Relations. 
  • Assist Senior Director in the development and routing of federal applications and agreements through NFWF’s funding source database. 
  • Work with the Senior Director Federal Relations on maintaining and managing NFWF’s federal awards though grant systems such as,, and GrantSolutions. 
  • Notify staff of Federal partner interests and inquiries as they arise. 
  • Assist the Government Relations staff with other duties as assigned.


  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes and agency reporting. 
  • Assist Government Relations staff on developing material for Congressional offices or for the NFWF Board of Directors.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education or experience. Degree program focused on natural resources, environmental science, or related fields preferred. 
  • Experience completing federal applications and/or working directly with a federal agency, particularly a natural resources agency, is preferred. 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills. 
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment. 
  • Computer proficiency.


Commensurate with experience.


Washington, DC  


  • Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and resume.   
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis. 

Equal Opportunity Statement - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws in its commitment to being an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, personal appearance, citizen status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, identity or expression, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, political or union affiliation, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.  

Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.

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