Government Affairs Program Manager, California

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Audubon seeks a motivated, dynamic individual for a State Government Affairs Program Manager for California. They will be responsible for working with the Director of Public Policy to advance Audubon conservation program priorities through advocacy, engagement with state officials and staff, and legislation. They will serve as the primary representative for Audubon with the California Legislature, representing our interests in hearings and meeting with legislators, their staffs, and other government officials. They will also collaborate with Audubon program staff, members, chapter leaders, and external partners. The Government Affairs Program Manager will have the opportunity to work on a wide diversity of issues, including biodiversity conservation, building climate resilience, water management, renewable energy development, and increasing more equitable access to nature and its benefits.

Essential Functions

  • Working closely with the Director of Public Policy to set a legislative and policy agenda and advance Audubon priorities in Sacramento.
  • Coordination with Audubon California staff to identify Audubon program needs and priorities that can be addressed through state policy action.
  • Serve as the primary representative for Audubon with the California State Legislature and manage relationships between Audubon and other state officials.
  • Track state legislation and state budget developments relevant to Audubon priorities.
  • Represent Audubon in coalitions that include NGOs, community-based organizations, and other partners that focus on state legislative conservation and climate solutions.
  • Update Audubon California staff on developments, opportunities, and challenges in the California State Legislature and other relevant state governmental entities.
  • As directed by the Policy Director, collaborate with National Audubon staff on national policy matters that impact California priorities.
  • Assist with educating and activating Audubon’s membership to advocate for priorities with state legislators and other officials.
  • Assist with messaging and communicating Audubon policy priorities, coordinating with Audubon’s communications team to effectively inform and active Audubon’s members and supporters.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years general policy/government relations experience with at least 3 years’ experience working on legislation, development of regulations, and/or direct advocacy with elected officials.
  • Firm grasp and understanding of the California Legislature’s processes, including for legislation and budgets.
  • A strong desire to work on issues related to the conservation of birds, biodiversity protection, climate resiliency, and expanding more equitable access to the benefits of nature.
  • Good political sense, collaborative approach, and ability to reconcile different viewpoints to achieve outcomes.
  • Existing relationships with contacts within the California State Legislature and other governmental officials a plus.
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team, to coordinate partners, and communicate effectively.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills preferred.
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to occasionally work evenings and weekends as required.

This position is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).



EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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