Careers and Internships


Director of Communications

NACD is seeking a full-time Director of Communications that will oversee both internal and external communications and work closely across NACD’s policy, education and member services teams on strategic communications priorities  to ensure successful delivery of NACD’s style, brand, and marketing. This position manages project portfolio and grants deliverables with dynamic team of staff and contractors. Interested candidates please email resume, cover letter and two writing samples to the attention of NACD HR with ‘Director of Communication’ in the subject line to hr[at] no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 to receive priority consideration.

Finance and Administration Specialist

The National Association of Conservation Districts is seeking a full-time Finance and Administration Specialist that will be responsible for managing general ledger accounting, financial reporting, grants management, auditing, and payroll. Interested candidates please email cover letter and resume to the attention of NACD HR with ‘Finance and Administration Specialist’ in the subject line to hr[at] no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 to receive priority consideration.

Government Affairs Associate

The National Association of Conservation Districts is seeking a full-time Government Affairs Associate that will be responsible for assisting to develop and advance the association’s conservation policy priorities, program implementation, and stakeholder relations. Interested candidates please send cover letter and resume to the attention of NACD HR with ‘Government Affairs Associate’ in the subject line to hr[at] by June 17, 2022 to receive priority consideration.

Graphic Designer (Contract)

NACD seeks a contract with a graphic designer who can take direction from written or spoken ideas and convert them seamlessly into images, layouts and other designs. More specifically, we’re looking for someone who will be able to create and design specific conservation elements and images for grade specific curriculum guides that are currently under development. These guides are being created by NACD staff and a curriculum specialist in STEM-based experiential learning. Proposals must be submitted to the project contacts by June 24, 2022 to receive priority consideration. 

Internships at NACD

NACD interns work with NACD’s government affairs and communications staff to advance the association’s legislative agenda. Interns are given projects to enhance their understanding of Congress and the legislative process. Additionally, they will learn the interworkings of federal natural resources and environmental agencies as well as the roles conservation districts and state conservation agencies play in the development of natural resources, agricultural and environmental policies.

NACD interns are often college juniors or seniors who are interested in natural resources policy, environmental science or agricultural fields. They traditionally work for 10 weeks during the summer or 15 weeks during the fall or spring and are expected to work full- time, although special arrangements can be made. A performance-based stipend is awarded at the end of the internship.


  • Assisting in summarizing and disseminating policy information to conservation leaders;
  • Assisting with coordinating grassroots outreach efforts;
  • Representing NACD at meetings, press conferences, receptions and other events;
  • Helping write and edit newsletters and other special reports relative to policy and programs;
  • Attending hearings and briefings on subjects relative to private lands conservation funding and policies;
  • Interpreting data and creating reports and charts; and
  • Performing any and all related duties that advance the mission and purposes of NACD.

How to Apply

Internship applications are accepted year-round. To apply, send a completed application, cover letter and resume to hr[at]

Fall Session: 15 weeks, September through mid-December
Summer Session: 10 weeks, June through mid-August
Spring Session: 15 weeks (flexible), mid-January through May

*Arrangements for shorter internship terms, including winter mini-mesters, are available upon request.

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