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Public Policy Analyst

Pipeline Safety Trust
Bellingham, Washington, US
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Jul 4, 2022

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Title: Policy Analyst

Reports To: Program Director

Salary Range: $75,000 - $95,000 DOE

Location: Bellingham, WA

The Pipeline Safety Trust (PST) seeks a Policy Analyst to join our team dedicated to protecting people and the environment from pipeline accidents. The Policy Analyst will write policy recommendations, provide expertise on relevant issues surrounding pipelines, and build collaborative relationships with decision makers and subject matter experts to further PST's policy goals. A law degree is preferred, but not required, for this position. We do not expect candidates to currently have an extensive knowledge of pipeline policy and we have resources available to build expertise.


The Pipeline Safety Trust (PST), based in Bellingham, WA is a national non-profit watchdog organization on the US pipeline industry and its regulators. Founded in response to the fatal 1999 Olympic Pipeline Explosion, PST has since been a tremendously successful public safety advocate - fighting for basic and common-sense safety regulations, testifying before Congress, educating and engaging the public about pipeline safety, and helping state, local, and Tribal governments make sense of regulations, responsibilities, and levers of power. PST is the only national pipeline safety advocacy organization.

Our mission is to promote pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.

The Pipeline Safety Trust also recognizes that the transportation of oil and gas by pipelines contributes to planetary warming. While ensuring the integrity of the pipelines that run through communities, farms, and natural environments remains our primary mission, the PST's dedication to pipeline safety, ecological sustainability, and environmental justice requires us to work toward a rapid and just energy transition.


The Board and staff of the Pipeline Safety Trust value:

  • Public safety and public interest
  • Trust and credibility
  • Fearless independence
  • Inclusiveness and accessibility
  • Proactive strategies


The Pipeline Safety Trust is seeking a conscientious and resilient advocate with a commitment to keeping communities and the environment safe from pipeline dangers including the potentially largest threat from pipelines - climate change.

The Policy Analyst, in this newly created position, will work in collaboration with the rest of the PST team to advance key pipeline safety policies, educate the public and elected officials, and respond to requests for information. The Policy Analyst will be essential to advancing Pipeline Safety Trust's policy agenda before state and federal lawmakers, state and federal executive agencies, allied organizations, and the public.

The ideal candidate will also have an active interest in engaging in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice work; investigating how pipelines impact communities, including impacts related to Environmental Justice; and creating solutions to pipeline issues through the lens of climate change.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Track and prepare written analyses of pipeline-related state and federal rulemakings, policies, and legislation
  • Create and maintain strong working relationships with legislative and agency staff on pipeline issues
  • Create programs to reduce barriers to allow for more public participation and engagement on pipeline issues
  • Build a more inclusive and diverse engaged public
  • Create fact sheets, talking points, and other outreach materials
  • Contribute to the PST's annual Pipeline Safety Conference traditionally held in New Orleans, LA
  • Represent the PST in the media where appropriate

Skills and Qualifications:

We encourage anyone drawn to and inspired by this work to apply so long as some of the desired educational or working experience is met. We don't expect everyone to meet all the listed skills and qualifications.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience evaluating and analyzing legislation and regulations
  • Working knowledge of federal regulatory and legislative processes
  • A J.D. (not required, but preferred)
  • Experience working productively within diverse and inclusive coalitions, including affected communities, environmental organizations, labor unions, industry, and governmental representatives
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills


The Pipeline Safety Trust office is located in Bellingham, WA. We prefer our Policy Analyst live in or near the Bellingham community in order to draw inspiration from the place, community, and tragedy that formed the organization, but are open to a remote position for the right candidate.

Further Information

Media coverage of some of PST's current priorities:

CO2 Pipelines for Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Climate Impacts of Regulatory Gaps on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Pipelines

New Regulations Strengthening Safety Regulations on Hazardous Liquids Pipelines near Coastal Areas


Email resume and cover letter to

Applications are due by July 15th, 2022. We plan on holding the first round of interviews via Zoom the week of July 25th.

PST is committed to equal employment opportunities and encourages applications from individuals of any race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, national origin, or ability.
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