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Government Relations Associate

Government Relations | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective. 

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.


The Role

Reporting to the Vice President of Government Relations, the Government Relations Associate is responsible for providing professional support to the Government Relations team with an overall goal of achieving results in advancing Saildrone’s legislative and policy priorities. The position requires sound judgment, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, an ability to communicate well orally and in writing, and a curious and professional attitude.

The Associate has some knowledge and experience in the area of Government Relations, with an interest in building additional expertise in federal policymaking, legislative analysis, and advocacy. The Associate has a critical role in achieving Saildrone’s strategic objective of creating a favorable legislative and regulatory environment within which Saildrone can maximize sales to government customers.

The Associate is a professional with a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent who works under supervision of the Vice President of Government Relations. The Associate collaborates with other staff and intern(s) of the Government Relations team and organization.


The Government Relations Associate will be responsible for supporting the functions of Saildrone’s Government Relations team. Work duties may include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting with the preparation of materials for senior executive team members including remarks, briefing memos, presentations, and other materials related to government relations and business development activities.
  • Coordinating and tracking the submission of materials to support Saildrone’s advocacy efforts.
  • Scheduling and coordinating logistics for Capitol Hill and Administration meetings.
  • Assisting with communications to Members of Congress and the Administration.
  • Developing subject matter knowledge in select climate and national security policy issue areas.
  • Representing Saildrone at political events, external meetings, and conferences as needed.
  • Attending hearings, briefings, and bill markups.
  • Providing administrative support to the Vice President for Government Relations, including scheduling, travel arrangements, and expense submission.
  • Keeping the team well-informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Managing all aspects of Saildrone’s Washington office services. Evaluating and assisting in developing office policies and procedures for improved work flow and anticipating future needs as the office grows.
  • In conjunction with HR, supporting employee recruiting and onboarding and ensuring that prospective candidates as well as newly-hired employees feel welcomed at Saildrone.
  • Replenishing office materials such as snacks, printer supplies, paper, office supplies, etc.
  • Providing hospitality to visitors, customers and guests and helping to create a welcoming environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required skills and experience

  • Must have a bachelor's degree.
  • 1-2-years of House or Senate experience as personal office or committee staff.
  • Experience providing administrative support to a senior principal and working as a member of a highly motivated team.

 Skills and Abilities

  • Strong team player, comfortable working collaboratively and transparently with corporate leadership and business units.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to develop a deep understanding of Saildrone’s products and the potential impact of legislative and regulatory action.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, managing multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to deal with unexpected or last-minute requests, while executing more regular tasks and projects.
  • Demonstrable integrity and discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must be in good professional standing.

Location: This position is based in Washington, D.C., and is not remote.  Saildrone’s DC office is conveniently located at Metro Center in downtown Washington, D.C., between the White House and Capitol Hill.  Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States and a willingness to report to the office full-time and in-person will be considered.  


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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