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Wild Places Program Director

2018 Youth Conservation

Wildlife Outreach Organizer


Wild Places Program Director

Full-Time Exempt

Position Summary:

WildEarth Guardians' Wild Places Program protects wild places across the American West through innovative and bold strategies and campaigns. There are more than 300 million acres of federal public land in the 11 western states, and our goal is to protect priority wildlife, wildlands, and waterways, and to simultaneously rewild and restore priority fragmented and degraded landscapes on this land. Wild Places is Guardians' oldest and largest program, with five Campaigns and a staff of six including the Director. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that ensure these Campaigns translate into success for WildEarth Guardians' mission and vision:

  1. Greater Gila - long-term protection of the Gila Bioregion, including buyouts of livestock grazing allotments on federal public lands.
  2. Keeping Public Lands in Public Hands - challenging legislative and administrative efforts to seize our public land for private gain.
  3. Restoration - hands-on restoration work, primarily restoring riparian habitats in New Mexico and working with local tribes and pueblos to do so.
  4. Rewilding - reconnecting and restoring wildlands, wildlife habitat, and waterways damaged and fragmented by old logging roads, culverts, dams, and motor vehicle use.
  5. Wildlands for Wildlife - protecting the habitat of imperiled species such as grizzlies, lynx, Mexican spotted owls, and New Mexico meadow jumping mice.

The Director will also participate in the Conservation Team, which is the leadership group designed to guide the conservation strategies of the entire organization. The Director's responsibilities are carried out with the support, oversight, and insight of the Conservation Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing key legal, policy, political, and communication strategies for the Program that ensure the Program meets Guardians' strategic objectives.
  • Managing the 5 staff members, 5 Campaigns, and budget of the Wild Places Program.
  • Managing litigation, including coordinating with staff attorneys and outside counsel.
  • Collaborating and strategizing with Guardians' other programs: Wildlife, Wild Rivers, and Climate & Energy.
  • Communicating the work, success, and vision of the Program to the public, the media, the organization, and to allied organizations, individuals and communities.
  • Assisting with fundraising.
  • Handling other administrative duties.
  • Providing organizational leadership.

Qualifications/Requirements:
While we recognize the benefits of hiring someone with a strong background in American West public lands advocacy, we want to be clear that the below qualifications are not exclusive. We strongly encourage people with transferable skills to apply. Our priorities are:

  • Robust campaign skills, meaning the experience to identify a goal and chart a path, using multiple creative tactics to achieve the goal, along with the ability to pause midstream, reassess, and develop a new path when needed.
  • Extensive-at least 5 years-advocacy experience, even if outside the realm of protecting wildlife, wildlands or waterways. This is not a position for people new to advocacy work.
  • Strong management experience, with at least 3 years of managing staff.

Other qualifications we are looking for:

  • Passion for our work.
  • Leadership skills, including an interest in bringing out the best in staff and providing motivation when the work is tough.
  • Law, biology, or environmental management degree, or other relevant degree or education.
  • Ability to handle multiple and diverse issues in short timeframes.
  • Demonstrable skills in organization, writing, and oral advocacy.
  • Experience with political advocacy.
  • Capacity to embrace conflict and cooperate without compromising organizational values.
  • Willingness to take calculated risks.
  • Emotional maturity, integrity, and sense of humor.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability and desire to lead, collaborate, and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Regular travel around the Western U.S. and to Washington, D.C. Expect flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours.

Compensation and Benefits:

WildEarth Guardians offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including full health, dental, and disability insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacation, health and family leave, a sabbatical, paid holidays, and a fabulous work environment. Our primary offices are in Santa Fe, Denver, Missoula, and Portland, however we may have flexibility on the job location.

As an advocate for the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We highly value diverse perspectives and experiences. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and externally. We acknowledge the intersections between social, racial, and economic injustice and the inequities that are driving the climate crisis and harming wild nature. Applicants with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively strives 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 identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis. Our first application review will begin on 3/23/18. The position will remain open until filled.

Please submit your application electronically to apply@wildearthguardians.org. Applications should include, in a single PDF, the following: cover letter, résumé, one writing sample that is predominantly your own work, and three professional references.

Click here to download a PDF copy of this job announcement.


2018 Youth Conservation Valles Caldera National Preserve and
Santa Fe National Forest Watershed Improvement Project

WHAT, WHEN, AND WHERE?

From April 25, 2018, until late October 2018, WildEarth Guardians is organizing a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program in New Mexico. The work project will be located within the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest. The project will focus on harvesting plant material from the, planting vegetation, fencing, thinning, construction of erosion control and in-stream structures, and weed control within the two project locations  WildEarth Guardians’ YCC program strives to provide employment and job training for youth interested in a natural resource management career. The program is a combination of training and fieldwork in the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. The WildEarth Guardians YCC program is funded through the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

WildEarth Guardians invites individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, who will be able to commute daily to the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Jemez District of the Santa Fe National Forest to apply for the YCC program. Applicants must be unemployed at the time of application and New Mexico residents. WildEarth Guardians will select 8-12 crew members (ages 18-25).

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

The WildEarth Guardians YCC program includes training opportunities throughout the work period in the areas of forestry, hydrology, wildlife biology and rangeland sciences. Work projects will require extensive manual labor and may include forestry work, fencing, weed removal, and planting native vegetation. Participants will receive training, which includes, Forest Workers Safety Certification Course, Chainsaw Certification Course, felling training, and First Aid/CPR.

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO BE AVAILABLE?

All crew members will be required to be available on the jobsite Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, April 25, 2018, for orientation, training, and work through the end of October 2018.

WHAT ABOUT LODGING, FOOD, AND GEAR?

Crew members will commute daily to the jobsite. The following equipment must be provided by the corps member:

  • Solid work boots – preferably steel toe
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Rain/snow gear
  • Long pants
  • Daily lunch
  • Hourly wage of $11.50 with an opportunity of a pay increase based on performance
  • Training in restoration ecology skills that are relevant to a variety of careers
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • The ability to work as a team to improve the health and utility of New Mexico’s public lands

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

  • Hourly wage of $11.50 with an opportunity of a pay increase based on performance
  • Training in restoration ecology skills that are relevant to a variety of careers
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • The ability to work as a team to improve the health and utility of New Mexico’s public land

HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION

You can get more information by contacting Jim Matison via e-mail at jmatison@wildearthguardians.org.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

You may obtain an application by clicking here.

Applications must be received by WildEarth Guardians no later than April 1, 2018.

Applications may be submitted via email to jmatison@wildearthguardians.org or sent via U.S. Mail to:

WildEarth Guardians
Attn: Jim Matison
516 Alto Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

WHEN DO YOU HEAR BACK FROM US?

We will review all applications and select candidates for interviews immediately after the January 10 deadline. We will call you if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted during the following week. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the program.

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Summer Wildlife Outreach Organizer

  • Applications considered on a rolling basis until position is filled
  • Review starts April 25, 2018
  • Desired start date: Mid-May 2018
  • End date is flexible

Position Summary:

The Wildlife Outreach Organizer is a 12-15 hour/week temporary contract position with WildEarth Guardians. You will educate New Mexicans about the cruel, unscientific, and outdated practices of trapping and coyote killing contests and engage the public in realizing Guardians’ vision of a state wildlife governance structure that recognizes and respects the critical role native wildlife plays in our diverse ecosystems. Primarily, the Organizer will work to bring public opinion to bear in the form of a 2019 legislative public lands trapping ban in New Mexico. You will meet people in their communities to engage them in our work and to empower them to bring about wildlife policy changes.

You will build public support for and raise public awareness of key wildlife issues affecting New Mexico and the southwestern U.S. generally. You will distribute information, build lists, cultivate relationships, train, educate, empower, and communicate in order to achieve our campaign goals. Communication skills, discipline, an outgoing personality, resilience, desire to learn, commitment to advocating for the natural world, a healthy sense of outrage, and the will to win are essential.

By working for this campaign, housed within Guardians’ Wildlife Program, you will have the unique opportunity to be bold, dedicated, and supported as you put in motion strategies to combat unjust, unethical, and outdated practices that kill our native wildlife and endanger the public and companion animals. You will play a key role in fighting for science-based, ethical, and modern wildlife policies, while defending the vulnerable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We hope you will join us.

Location: New Mexico (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, or Las Cruces preferred). Strong candidates in other areas of NM will be considered.

The Organizer will be expected to carry out work both independently and under the direct supervision of our Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate. The majority of work will occur in the field at community events, meetings, and other outreach opportunities. However, our main office is located in Santa Fe and space and resources (e.g., printer) can be made available to you when needed. A monthly budget will be provided for printed organizing materials, transportation, etc. Candidate must have a vehicle and valid driver’s license and be able to lift 40 lbs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate to implement Guardians’ New Mexico Wildlife Program outreach campaign;
  • Conduct outreach at community events, partner events, Guardians’ events, and other opportunities in New Mexico;
  • Collect signatures and information, identify key campaign volunteers, educate the public, generate media, and engage would-be activists.

Essential qualifications include:

  • Strong interpersonal verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to comprehend and articulate WildEarth Guardians’ wildlife priorities in New Mexico;
  • Ability to independently create and set up displays, tables, and additional materials for outreach work;
  • Strong organization skills and an attention to detail;
  • Competence using iPads and basic tracking software (Google forms, Google docs, MS Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Ease in working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and composure when interacting with diverse stakeholders;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Passion for animal welfare and wildlife conservation;
  • A healthy sense of outrage and a sense of humor

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience tabling and/or canvassing;
  • A background in wildlife, biology, or ecology;
  • Spanish language skills;
  • Formal organizing training;
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy;
  • Intermediate or advanced social media skills: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Special Job Requirements: 
The position will require significant weekend and some evening hours. Some travel around New Mexico will be required.

Compensation and Benefits: 
$15 an hour, opportunities for growth and development, and the knowledge that you are working for an exceptional cause. No additional benefits are offered for this part-time, seasonal contract. The contract will last 10-15 weeks (suitable for college or graduate students during summer break).

To apply:
Send applications addressed to Christopher Smith to apply@wildearthguardians.org with subject line “Outreach Organizer.” Applications will be considered on rolling basis starting on April 25, 2018 and should include in one document (PDF preferred):

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Three references

No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applicants and other workload, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity:
As an advocate for the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We highly value diverse perspectives and experiences. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and externally. We acknowledge the intersections between social, racial, and economic injustice and the inequities that are driving the climate crisis and harming wild nature. Applicants with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively strives 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 identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

Click here to download a PDF copy of this job announcment.