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WildEarth Guardians has the following job openings:

Conservation Director

Work Level: Full-Time Exempt

Application Deadline: January 30, 2017

Position Summary:

We’re looking for someone who’s up for the challenge of leading a team of smart, creative, passionate and hard-working leaders of one of the best environmental organizations around. We love what we do and we need you to help make what we do and who we are even better. The Conservation Director is the strategic heart of WildEarth Guardians and is essential to meeting our mission of protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. The Conservation Director is responsible for overseeing our litigation and conservation programs to ensure campaigns are strategic, synergized, and successfully executed. The Conservation Director supervises our four senior Program Directors and works closely with the Senior Attorney and development and communications staff. The Conservation Director is supervised by the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, support, design, develop and help implement cutting-edge legal and political strategies for WildEarth Guardians’ priority campaigns.
  • Supervise, support, evaluate, and strategize with the four Program Directors.
  • Build and maintain close relationships with other environmental organizations, key congressional staff, donors, local communities, citizen activists, and the media.
  • Author print and electronic outreach including op-eds, mass emails, social media posting, and blogging.
  • Support fundraising efforts for all of the organization’s priority campaigns.
  • Support the Executive Director.


Essential qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any conservation related field. Advanced degree or equivalent additional experience preferred.
  • Passion for protecting environmental and cultural values, and natural heritage of the American West; a demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy; biocentric.
  • Sense of humor.
  • A minimum of four years of experience in western lands, water or wildlife litigation and program development.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker who has experience in successfully implementing short and longer term conservation advocacy campaigns.
  • Smart worker with integrity and grit.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Comfort with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced campaigning environment, including juggling multiple priorities.
  • A healthy sense of outrage.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of politics, conservation and quality of life issues in the American West.
  • Formal training in grassroots organizing and campaigning. 

Special Job Requirements:

Extensive travel around the West to satellite offices and to Washington, DC. Expect flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and DOE plus vacation, sick leave, health and dental insurance, family leave policy, retirement benefits, sabbatical policy, and exceptional work environment.

Job Location:

Our main offices are located in Santa Fe, Denver, and Missoula. Our preferred locations for this position are Denver or Santa Fe, but we will consider exceptional applicants in other western locations.

To apply:

Send applications to Applications should include cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample in a single pdf, which must be received by January 30, 2017. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to having a diverse and inclusive staff. 

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Membership Manager

Work Level: Full-Time Exempt

Offices in Santa Fe, Denver, Tucson, Missoula, Portland, and Seattle.

Application Deadline REVISED: Open Until Filled

WildEarth Guardians is looking to hire a Membership Manager to join our development team. Do you have a passion for the wildlife, wild rivers, and wild places of the American West? Do you have excellent writing skills, knowledge about current conservation issues, experience managing a membership program, working knowledge of Blackbaud products, and love to interact with like-minded people? If you have all this and are also a project manager looking to help grow the most effective conservation organization in the American West, this job may just be for you! Learn more here:

WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore the wildlife, wild rivers, wild places, and health of the American West. We believe in nature’s right to exist and thrive. We act on this belief with compassion and courage by preserving the wild world. We defend wildness, empower life, end injustices, and stand for healthy, sustainable ecosystems and diverse human communities. We embrace conflict and cooperate without compromising our values. We execute our campaigns strategically and decisively; we mobilize, inform, and inspire others, and work to heal wounded landscapes. Our enduring and fierce advocacy leads us to success.

We operate four major programs—Wildlife, Wild Places, Wild Rivers, and Climate & Energy—and rely on a potent combination of litigation, education, scientific analysis, and public advocacy in our work. Today, Guardians has almost 200,000 members and e-activists, the majority of whom live in the 11 western states. We have offices in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Our 28-person staff (with openings) includes lawyers, policy experts, scientists, ecosystem restoration experts, organizers, and fundraisers. Our 2017 budget is $4.1 million, which comes from diverse sources, including members and donors, foundations, government grants, and legal fees.

Position Summary:

The Membership Manager reports to the Development Director and will be responsible for managing and growing our membership program, including writing all written and electronic appeals, managing the mailing and email calendars, managing and maintaining Guardians’ Blackbaud products, overseeing all donation entry and acknowledgements, and developing and implementing an aggressive membership growth plan. This position is also integral in supporting Executive, Associate, Development, and Program Directors in engaging members and donors. This is an associate position and the Director of Development will prioritize work as needed. Nonetheless, we are looking for an individual with conservation experience and knowledge, strong writing skills, experience working in or managing a membership program, and who is knowledgeable about Raiser’s Edge, Luminate, and RELO plug-in. The successful candidate will be given responsibility, autonomy, and independence commensurate with their experience.


  • Conduct the full range of activities required to steward, retain, and grow Guardians’ membership.
  • Create and manage mailing calendar.
  • Write snail mail, e-appeals, acknowledgments, and other membership communications throughout the year.
  • Lead in developing and implementing annual membership plan.
  • Manage monthly donor program.
  • Research and execute strategies on membership stewardship, retention, and growth.
  • Understand Guardians’ institutional history and programs.
  • Serve as Guardians’ Raiser’s Edge, Luminate, and RELO plug-in expert.
  • Maintain membership information and manage all donation processing, data entry, and acknowledgement.
  • Create and mail weekly donation report and thank you letters, cards, emails, and welcome packets.
  • Make/support interactions and appointments for Executive, Associate, Development, and Program Directors as appropriate with members and other prospects.
  • Proofread other fundraising materials as needed.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Brilliant written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive communications.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Luminate, and RELO plug-in.
  • Experience in interacting with members and donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Good contributor in team environments.


  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in membership preferred.
  • Minimum two years of experience working with Raiser’s Edge, Luminate, and RELO plug in, preferably in an administrative role.
  • Previous experience with and knowledge about conservation issues.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.

Compensation and Benefits:

WildEarth Guardians offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including full health and dental insurance, paid vacation, health leave, sabbatical, and paid holidays. Salary depends on experience. Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Send the following materials electronically: cover letter explaining how your experiences and skills match this position; résumé; two recent and relevant writing samples; expected salary range; and contact and relationship information for three references to: Kevin Gaither-Banchoff, Development Director,

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