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Environmental Policy Analyst 

Non-Union Position
Envir. Mgmt & Sustainability-A; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 4473  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


NW Natural seeks a Climate & Environmental Policy Specialist to join a small team reporting to the Environmental Policy and Programs Manager. 

The specialist’s primary focus will be to analyze and interpret both external policies and internal initiatives in service to the company’s decarbonization and sustainability efforts.  NW Natural has set its sites on carbon neutrality by 2050 through a suite of decarbonization efforts. Find out more about this plan on the company’s informational site:

Day to Day:


  • Monitor environmental policy landscape at the municipal, state and federal level to ensure coordinated response and broad awareness within the company. 
  • Communicate company environmental goals to a variety of stakeholders
  • Support organizational sustainability initiatives
  • Work with company Sustainability, Equity and Engagement Committee on employee led efforts toward greater sustainability and environmental justice
  • Participate in the analysis of energy and climate policies with focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in the energy sector 
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams relevant to the interplay between energy, climate and environmental policy
  • Participate relevant in agency workshops and conferences  

Come on your first day with:



Academic Background


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in public policy, environmental science, political science, applied natural sciences, other relevant discipline or combination of education and relevant experience in the field


Professional Background


  • 2 or more years’ experience in related field  
  • Experience in analyzing energy policy issues relating to environmental initiatives (energy, climate, air quality, carbon regulation)
  • Developed understanding of the energy sector and of environmental policy instruments including carbon pricing, regulatory mandates, and other market- and non-market instruments.


Important Skills & Abilities


  • Critical Reading:  Ability to read and digest a variety of policy documents, summarize key points, and evaluate potential impacts to the company and our customers. 
  • Public Speaking:  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people with a variety of viewpoints.
  • Technical Communication:  Be able to concisely explain complex scientific concepts at a simplified level for the general public to understand. Use personal judgement and breath of knowledge to elaborate on concepts depending on the audience and level of interest.
  • Climate/ Science: familiarity with basic climate science and policy.  Understanding greenhouse gas emission sources/ chemistry, knowledge of climate regulation and reporting, understanding greenhouse gas emissions in the context of other air contaminates, etc.
  • Government and Agency Experience: experience working with government entities. Understanding of basic structure, responsibilities, and drivers of different departments and levels.
  • Familiar with common economic models and economic theory

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $68,650.00 - $94,200.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level 2, 7.5% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 6/6/23


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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