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Environmental Policy Legislative Correspondent

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i is hiring a legislative correspondent to focus on a broad portfolio of issues related to the environment, including agriculture, climate, energy, oceans/fisheries, public lands, and wildlife.  This position has great potential for growth within the office, and it provides an opportunity to join a rewarding work environment with a team of committed, experienced professionals.    


The responsibilities for this position include:

  • drafting constituent correspondence,
  • conducting policy research,
  • writing memos,
  • contributing to the development of legislation; and
  • meeting with constituents and stakeholders.

The legislative correspondent will assist in developing and advancing the senator’s environmental policy priorities.  This includes work on legislation to address climate change, protect Hawaii’s public lands and native species, and advance ocean and coastal policy.  This staffer will assist with the senator’s work on important environmental programs in his role as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Experience and Skills

Applicants should have:

  • intellectual curiosity and flexibility;
  • a demonstrated interest in improving lives through public policy;
  • an academic, professional, or volunteer background in environmental policy; and
  • familiarity with Hawai‘i from time spent as a current/former resident or through significant professional or educational experience in the state.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • have a strong work ethic;
  • have strong writing, communication, research, and organizational skills; and
  • work well as part of a team; exercise sound judgment; and operate well under pressure.

The Office of Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Schatz’s office is a great place to work.  The office is made up of more than 50 driven, talented, personable staffers, and it is one of the most diverse and highly educated offices in the U.S. Senate.  Staffers help to advocate for the people of Hawai‘i, make sure the federal government does what it should, and communicate how government works for people.  Most staffers are based in offices in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu—though some staffers work on the islands of Hawai‘i, Kauai, and Maui.


The position is based in the senator’s Washington, DC, office.

Start Date

This position is available to start now.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $47,500 per year.  U.S. Senate employees are eligible for a number of benefits including student loan repayment, employer contribution for health care insurance, transit subsidy, car and bicycle parking, retirement plans, life insurance, borrowing privileges from the Library of Congress, access to the Senate staff gym, and personal and professional development courses.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through this portal. Please submit your application as soon as possible.