Environmental Lobbyists

Environmental Lobbyist Speaks at Sierra Club

Lobbyists are people who strive to influence legislation on behalf of a special-interest group or a client. Like other lobbyists, environmental lobbyists strive to influence state or federal legislation in order to achieve a goal or to benefit a special-interest group. Environmental lobbyists, however, deal specifically with environmental issues. They urge legislators and other government officials to support measures that will protect endangered species, limit the exploitation of natural resources, and impose stricter anti-pollution regulations, among other goals. Lobbyists may also be known as government affairs representatives, government relations managers, and legislative associates.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Government Affairs Representatives, Government Relations Managers, Legislative Associates
Duties Strive to convince legislators and other government officials to support measures that will protect the environment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in Washington, D.C., and state capitols
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Government
Experience Three to five years of legislative experience dealing with environmental issues
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Lobbyists working on the federal level must register with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Government Relations Director at an Environmental Association
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Legislative Staffer or Government Relations Coordinator