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Policy Advocate/Environmental Lobbyist

Job Snapshot: 
In a competitive and challenging world where environmental messages don't always get the attention they deserve, you help bring green issues to the forefront. You represent concerned groups who seek to influence legislators on new and existing regulations and laws. Your job is not only to present environmental problems, but also to suggest and advocate for the most effective solutions. This is an exciting and competitive field with potential for national impacts. If you're a natural networker and love to talk, argue and negotiate, this career may be a great fit!
Roles & Responsibilities: 
Your main responsibility is to present the right issues to the right people, so developing a network and gaining access to influential policy makers will be key. Much of the work will involve holding high-level meetings and advocating for positive environmental change in current policy. In addition, your work may include creating public awareness using innovative marketing and media strategies, and using public forums and events to engage the public in a particular cause.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: variety of environmental policies and trends, socio-economics

Skills: communication, persistence, negotiation, writing, interpersonal

Education and Recommended Courses: 
A university degree is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in law or public policy is an asset. More importantly, most employers will want extensive experience in the green industry, including an established network and a thorough understanding of the environmental policies and politics at play. Courses in political science, law, sociology, economics, and environmental science are very useful.
Potential Earnings: 
$35,000-$80,000
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: You will be working with government officials, other policy advocates, special interest groups, non-governmental organizations, media.

Atmosphere: Often in an office, though national travel will likely be necessary.