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At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, interning with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.
WildEarth Guardians has the following job opening:
The Public Lands Director is responsible
for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public
lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government
affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further
WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands.
This position reports to the Wild Places Director and is located in Denver, CO
or Missoula, MT.
- PROGRAM: The Public Lands Director manages 2-3 staff to achieve program goals that
further Guardians’ mission—i.e., develops visionary, strategic, and creative
approaches to conservation, guides individual project leaders to fulfill their
project goals, and ensures that overarching conservation program goals can be
attained. The Director will co-lead the
annual strategic planning process with program staff and will oversee the
monthly goal process to ensure accountability. The Director supervises and provides support for individual
program staff and program staff contractors on campaign(s) implementation. The Director will develop and maintain working relationships
with other conservation organizations, legal counsel, elected officials,
congressional staff and others working on issues related to the Wild Places
Program. The Director will oversee and implement the Legacy Roads
and Trails/rightsizing campaign. The Director
will develop new creative strategies and tactics and seize new opportunities to
move the campaign towards meeting its objectives. The Director will also develop and implement,
with Wild Places Program Director and staff, political and policy strategies
related to other major campaigns, e.g. voluntary grazing permit retirement,
Clean Waters, Wild Forests; integrating legal and policy approaches to achieve
desired outcomes. (35%)
- LEGAL: The
Public Lands Director develops and coordinates with the senior counsel and the Wild
Places Program Director law-related activities including litigation,
administrative challenges and policy initiatives. The Director will manage
deployment of this resource as well as develop outside legal resources. (20%)
- COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH: The Public Lands Director will work independently,
with program staff and with communications staff to ensure high visibility of
all of the programs’ campaigns and strategies. This includes working with traditional
(print, TV, radio) and new (all e-platforms) media to amplify program
activities and successes. The Director will also work to involve members in
conservation issues, including recruiting and overseeing volunteers and interns
working on campaign issues. The Director
with Conservation Services staff as needed on communications, events, etc. (10%)
- GRASSROOTS LOBBYING: The Public Lands Director represents WildEarth
Guardians in Washington D.C. to advocate for campaign objectives with key national
and regional agency leadership and elected officials in partnership with other
program staff. The Director will develop and build strong relationships in
order to further campaign goals, developing new legislation and/or opposing
harmful legislation. (20%)
- STAFF MANAGEMENT: The Public Lands Director will manage two to three
program staff, including a Program Attorney and one or possibly two regional
advocates focused primarily on roads, motorized recreation, wild watersheds and
travel management issues. (10%)
- ADMINISTRATION: The Public Lands Director will complete, at least on
an annual basis, evaluations of campaign staff, support hiring new campaign
staff and outside contractors to fulfill campaign commitments. The Director will partner closely with Conservation
Services staff to secure continued funding (foundation and private donor) for
implementing current and future campaigns and projects, prepare grant reports, write grant proposals and
develop campaign budgets. (5%)
Essential qualifications include:
- Passion for protecting public lands in the
American West, a demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy.
- A minimum of five years of experience in natural
resource law and/or program development and/or a strong background in forest
science, river ecology and water policy.
- Proven experience achieving campaign objectives,
particularly through development and deployment of national strategies with
familiarity with the policy framework for public lands management and in
particular, familiarity with the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule.
written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be
- Ability to
multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines.
attention to detail, problem solving, and trouble shooting skills.
computer skills including basic database management.
- Ability to work
effectively with a diversity of people and constituencies.
Additional desirable qualifications
- Graduate of law school
or masters degree in biodiversity protection or natural resources strongly
- Knowledge of
conservation and quality of life issues the Western United States.
with event and activity logistics and planning.
Special Job Requirements:
Some travel around western United
States as well as occasional travel to Washington D.C. Expect flexible work
hours, including some weekend and evening hours.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is $45,000 to $55,000 DOE plus
vacation, sick leave, health insurance, retirement and exceptional work
Send inquiries and
applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include cover letter,
resume, references, and writing sample and must be received by October 1,
2014. WildEarth Guardians is an equal
Download a PDF copy of this job announcement here.
"Interns at Guardians get valuable experience while working on
current environmental issues. The satisfaction that comes from watching
your work contribute to forward-thinking solutions vaults the internship
ahead of any academic experience- hands down." - Jesse Tremaine, Legal
Intern Summer 2010
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