Agriculture Policy Research Director

The newly created WPC Initiative on Agriculture and Agriculture Director will provide in-depth research, analysis and insight on the critical issues facing this critical part of our state’s economy. This will include tracking legislation introduced in Olympia, closely following agriculture policy issues around the state and country, writing Policy Briefs, commentary, and opinion-editorials, media appearances, public speaking engagements and various other assignments as necessary to educate and inform lawmakers and citizens. The Agriculture Director will report directly to and work in concert with the WPC Environmental Director and will also work closely with the Eastern Washington Director, Vice President for Research and the President of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to research and understand complex agriculture public policy issues
  • Track and communicate agricultural, water and natural resources issues to citizens, lawmakers and the media throughout the state
  • Provide consistent, accurate research, including studies, commentary, op-eds and recommendations to improve the agricultural economy in Washington state
  • Media appearances and public speaking engagements
  • Coordinate messaging and work with WPC Environmental Director
  • Manage Agriculture annual operating budget
  • Work closely with WPC Agricultural Advisory Board

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • Knowledgeable about Ag & Water issues in Washington, understanding its critical role in state’s economy
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Experience writing opinion-editorials, appearing on radio/television preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • In-state travel


  • Start date: May-June 2016
  • Full time: Hours: 8:30-5:00pm, M-F (some evenings for scheduled events)
  • Vacation: 2 weeks paid (after 3 months)
  • Holidays: 11 paid holidays a year
  • Benefits: 90% employer-paid health (medical/dental/vision) insurance for employee, 80% for dependents
  • Employer matched 401(k) plan when eligibility requirements met
  • Salary: DOE
  • Location: WPC Tri-Cities Office preferred

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Braden Goodwin, Operations Manager, bgoodwin@washingtonpolicy.org

WPC’s Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program

Washington Policy Center offers part-time internship positions geared toward undergraduate students and recent graduates for each academic quarter including summer. Interns work approximately 15 hours per week. WPC allows flexible hours to work around the intern’s class schedule while attending nearby colleges and universities. Through the Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program, WPC has had the privilege of excellent interns each quarter since 1999. Former WPC interns have gone on to work in Washington D.C., have run for office, have completed prestigious academic endeavors and have begun successful careers in the private sector. Many credit their interest in policy to their time as a WPC intern.

Research Internship

Research interns work directly under the Center’s research department. 
Their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research
  • Filing research material
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Assisting at WPC public policy events

A student in political science, history, or government with an interest in Washington state public policy issues is desired; however, applicants from all majors are eligible. Applicants should have an above average GPA with great communication skills and strong command of search engine utilization and Microsoft Office.

Depending on the institution, WPC’s research internship may be eligible for academic credit. The internship is also a paid position earning the current minimum wage rate. 

To Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Operations Manager Braden Goodwin at the address below. Be sure to include explanation of your desire to work with a free-market, public policy organization like Washington Policy Center. Applications are received on a rolling basis so please also indicate in your cover letter for which quarter you are applying. 

Email: bgoodwin@washingtonpolicy.org
Mail: Braden Goodwin
Operations Manager
Washington Policy Center
P.O. Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-36343


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