Job Posting: Policy Staffer, Land Conservation & Water

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MEC seeks a Land Conservation & Water Policy Staffer to support our efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the Michigan Capitol. The position will have a primary focus on public lands, land conservation, and surface and groundwater policy. The position will report directly to the Water Policy Director but will also work in a collaborative environment with MEC’s policy team.

The Policy Staffer does the following for MEC’s public lands, land conservation, and water priority policies: conducts research; analyzes policy proposals; educates decision makers on policy priorities and organizational positions; develops and executes issue strategy campaigns; and advocates in the Legislature, administration and state agencies. An ideal candidate will utilize a range of skills and relationships to strengthen Michigan’s environmental resilience in the face of weakened environmental standards, unsustainable land use practices and a changing climate. The position will be based in MEC’s Lansing headquarters. A significant portion of this position involves directly interfacing with elected officials and government staff.


  • Provide written and oral advocacy to further MEC’s land conservation, groundwater and surface water priorities at the Michigan Legislature, its executive branch and its state agencies
  • Analyze environmental policy proposals in both legislative and executive branches and monitor their progress
  • Educate policymakers and staff about environmental concerns and priorities
  • Work with external consultants and partners to align strategies and goals
  • Represent MEC at various workgroup and stakeholder tables
  • Generate research and advocacy reports
  • Strengthen, develop and nurture relationships with state decision makers, elected officials and a network of allies
  • Support the Water Policy Director in efforts to advance policies that improve water quality, increase land conservation and expand sustainable agricultural land use practices throughout Michigan
  • Assist Program Directors in the design and implementation of program goals and campaigns
  • Monitor and engage on other policy areas as needed
  • Attend legislative committees and, as needed, public hearings

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One to two years of experience in legislative, policy advocacy or a related field
  • Some knowledge of Michigan legislative and administrative processes
  • Strong written and oral communications advocacy, interpersonal relationship and teamwork skills
  • A proven strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google (GSuite)
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, to meet deadlines and to balance multiple tasks
  • Experience or aptitude working in diverse coalitions, alliances or other groups
  • Professional demeanor, sense of humor and positive attitude

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in legislative analysis, policy or political advocacy
  • Extensive understanding of and familiarity with Michigan’s legislative and political landscape
  • Understanding and familiarity with land conservation and water policy
  • Aptitude for and interest in politics and environmental public policy

Other Position Notes:

  • The successful candidate for this position will be required to register as a lobbyist
  • This position is based in Lansing and requires occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and nationally. Due to COVID-19, the position will be remote until such time as it is safe to resume in-office work
  • This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
  • MEC has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless you qualify for a federal government approved accommodation

Compensation Package & Title:

MEC provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. The Policy Staffer will obtain a salary between $41,000 and $62,000 and a title of either specialist or coordinator. Both title and compensation are commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

Submit a single PDF with 1) a strong, detailed cover letter, 2) a resume and 3) at least three references (minimum two professional) to [email protected] Include “Policy Staffer: Land Conservation & Water” in the subject line. Please direct questions about the job description to Water Program Director Megan Tinsley at [email protected] Application review underway and continues until the position is filled.


MEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the Michigan citizens we serve. MEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

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  • Beau Brockett
    published this page in Careers 2022-01-04 16:11:05 -0500