Lead, Government Relations

Conservation Ottawa, Canada
Posted 1 month ago


WWF-Canada is hiring a Lead, Government Relations to help drive the dynamic partnerships, policy and advocacy work needed to fulfill the ambitious goals of our 10-year strategic plan, Regenerate Canada.

As nature loss and climate change become top of mind for people in Canada, governments at the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels are increasing their focus on actions, partnerships, and resources to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change while also supporting local and Indigenous communities. The Lead, Government Relations role is essential to building productive partnerships with all orders of governments.

This role will work closely with government officials to advance WWF-Canada’s priorities and help ensure that government policies, regulations and legislation reflect the needs of wildlife, nature, and people. The Lead advocates for WWF-Canada, identifies opportunities for collaboration and resources, increases the visibility of WWF-Canada with key governments, participates in relevant government consultations, and provides government actors critical insight on issues facing wildlife and nature in Canada.


The responsibilities for the position will be captured primarily under two core focus areas – strategy for partnership and for advocacy. Additional duties and responsibilities may be captured within the scope of this position as appropriate.



  • Develop and oversee the planning and implementation of a whole-of-government strategy and engagement plan for federal, provincial, and territorial governments that is aligned with Regenerate Canada.
  • Provide guidance and support to a professional staff of conservation experts who also engage directly with government officials.
  • Assist with the development of public engagement strategies that include increasing supporter awareness of issues and Calls to Action.



  • Maintain and grow positive relationships with government officials in areas relevant to Regenerate Canada goals.
  • Influence and inspire government partnerships.
  • Oversee government communications and engagement activities with the utmost professionalism.
  • Identify opportunities to connect government funding opportunities to our work.
  • With a deep understanding of WWF-Canada’s conservation work, monitor government decision-making, and legislative, policy and regulatory activity.
  • Oversee and draft government correspondence, pre-budget submissions, position papers, and related documents.
  • Represent WWF-Canada at meetings, consultations, roundtables, coalitions, and conferences, as needed.



  • 6+ years’ experience in government relations at the federal, provincial or territorial levels.
  • Deep understanding of Canada’s political and policy climate including key stakeholders/partners and relevant issues.
  • Understanding of and respect for Indigenous-led conservation and conservation as an act of reconciliation and resurgence.
  • Influential and persuasive proponent of wildlife and the environment; aligned to WWF-Canada’s mission and committed to act on its behalf to harness and strategically invest the collective power of our donors.
  • Strategic thinker with proven relationship building and 5 years of project management skills, project management designation preferred.
  • Knowledge of the CRA rules as they pertain to lobbying and political activities.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual (French & English) is an asset.


Additional Information

  • WWF-Canada is a hybrid work environment
  • This position is based out of Ottawa, ON
  • Some travel to WWF-Canada priority regions will be required


Deadline to Apply

You can submit your cover letter and resume by clicking the “APPLY” button.
Please ensure that you application is received on or before June 11, 2022, 5 pm EST.

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

WWF-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.

WWF-Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Representative in a timely fashion of any accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest in joining WWF-Canada. Given the volume of applications received, we request that you do not follow up your application with a phone call or email. We will contact only those candidates selected for interviews and thank you for your understanding.