Reports To: NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs & PLC Officers

General Responsibilities:

This person serves as the chief lobbyist representing cattle and sheep producers in western states on resource issues affecting their operations. The primary focus will be protecting the permits issued by the federal land managing agencies to graze public lands. Other issues include clean water act, tax policy, endangered species act, property rights, and other matters that affect livestock production in the west as reflected in policy enacted by PLC and NCBA.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Leads public lands and natural resource lobbying efforts by working daily with Congressional and Administration contacts to advocate on behalf of the members of both NCBA and PLC in regard to the policy from both organizations on federal lands, natural resources, and conservation policy.
  • Leads and manages litigation efforts for PLC. Provides advice and input on NCBA litigation efforts pertaining to federal lands, environmental, and conservation matters.
  • Oversees staffing for the NCBA Federal Lands Committee and Property Rights & Environment Management Committee and is responsible for coordinating, planning, and executing the committee meetings with the respective Chairmen and Vice Chairmen.
  • Serves as the executive staffer of the Public Lands Council managing the day-to-day operations of PLC. Works with the PLC officers and board to make management decisions and then executes those decisions.
  • Serves as the public face of PLC in radio, television and print media.
  • Coordinates and manages officer and board calls for PLC.
  • Plans and executes annual PLC meetings.
  • Travel to NCBA and PLC state affiliate meetings to provide updates and information to members.
  • Develops, implements, and manages PLC budget and NCBA federal lands budget.
  • Builds and leverages coalitions of groups to implement policy priorities of both NCBA and PLC.
  • Supervises, trains, and mentors all PLC staff and such NCBA staff as may be appropriate.
  • Manage the Public Lands Endowment Trust, including organizing and maintaining year-to-year proposals and projects funded through the Trust.


  • Five + years lobbying experience or work on the hill involving resource issues and preferably public lands issues.
  • Experience managing staff is required.
  • Law degree is preferred.
  • A strong commitment to working issues in a bipartisan manner.
  • Experience in working directly with a Board of Directors and in preparing and managing budgets.
  • Trade association experience a plus.
  • Ability to work within a dynamic team

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Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) seek policy interns in the government affairs office in Washington, D.C. This internship offers a unique opportunity for students interested in the livestock industry and federal policy to engage with PLC and NCBA staff on issues concerning policy, communications and membership.

PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated solely to representing cattle and sheep ranchers on federal lands. PLC works to maintain a stable business environment in which livestock producers can continue to conserve the resources and ranching heritage of the West while feeding the nation — and the world.

NCBA is the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing America’s cattle farmers and ranchers. NCBA is producer-directed and consumer-focused, which creates a unique opportunity to unify policy and marketing efforts for the beef industry. PLC and NCBA work hand-in-hand on many issues, sharing office space in the heart of our nation’s capital.

This public policy internship gives students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work on behalf of America’s livestock producers in Washington, D.C. Interns work alongside the lobbying team, many regulatory experts, the communications team and the political action committee (PAC) to ensure legislative and regulatory actions don’t harm producers.

PLC and NCBA public policy interns gain valuable skills to prepare them for a career after college, firsthand exposure to the public policy process and an opportunity to live in our nation’s capital.

Position: PLC/NCBA Public Policy Intern
Location: Washington, D.C.
Hours: 40 hours per week

Applicants should be a junior or senior undergraduate student or a graduate student. A background or major in agriculture is preferred. Excellent research, writing and communication skills desired.

• Agriculture major preferred
• Must be available for the duration of the internship
• Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

To apply:
• College transcripts (must be emailed with application; official or unofficial accepted)
• Two letters of recommendation
• Resume
• All applications must be submitted to

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