Now Hiring: Conservation Director
Applicants should want to live in a small mountain town on the west slope of Colorado, engage in meaningful public lands conservation work at the local state and national level, and help direct and shape the future of public land conservation on the West Slope of Colorado. We’re a smaller, nimble organization that takes our mission to heart and our work very seriously. While we engage in national issues (think the Methane and Roadless Rules) our bread and butter is keeping the local backcountry wild – field trips required. Our strong relationships with local land managers allow us to continue making real progress even with a hostile Congress and Trump administration. Our partnerships with state and national groups, plus a stable and growing donor base, allow us to punch above our weight in the fight to protect our public lands.
Conservation Director Job Description
The Wilderness Workshop’s mission is to protect and conserve the wilderness and natural resources of the Roaring Fork Watershed, the White River National Forest, and adjacent public lands. Wilderness Workshop (WW) is a non-profit organization that engages in research, education, legal advocacy and grassroots organizing to protect the ecological integrity of local landscapes and public lands. We focus on the monitoring and conservation of air and water quality, wildlife species and habitat, natural communities and lands of wilderness quality.
In fulfillment of Wilderness Workshop’s mission, the Conservation Director develops, leads and implements Wilderness Workshop’s (WW) conservation program in partnership with the Executive Director and other program staff. The Conservation Director develops and implements WW’s forest, restoration, aquatic, responsible recreation, and wilderness programs. These programs evolve over time or change depending on the current set of threats to our public lands, and the Conservation Director plays a lead role in identifying new opportunities for program impact. The Conservation Director collaborates with other staff to choose the specific conservation goals and projects undertaken by WW. The Conservation Director is also responsible for ensuring policy consistency in WW’s Community Programs including our Hike series, Restoration Program, Naturalists Nights and Wilderness Monitoring programs. Lastly, the Conservation Director develops strong relationships with County Commissioners, colleagues at partner organizations, grassroots activists, and staff at the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Congressional offices.
Reports to: Executive Director
1. Strategic Program Leadership
- In collaboration with Executive Director and program staff, develop, direct, implement, and coordinate WW’s conservation programs, strategies, campaigns, and actions.
- Strategically partner with sister environmental organizations, recreational user-groups, outdoor brands, non-traditional allies, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and elected officials to fulfill WW’s conservation program goals.
- Integrate and leverage WW’s conservation goals with parallel efforts in the local, state, and national conservation community.
- Participate in land management decisions and processes in support of WW’s conservation goals, including drafting NEPA comments, filing administrative appeals and driving public comments and advocacy.
- Work with and influence members of Congress on public lands and conservation issues including Congressional designations and policies.
- Track national public lands issues that may affect WW’s work or are of outsized importance to public lands conservation; serve as a spokesperson on these issues.
2. Community Program Leadership
- Ensure WW’s community programs best enable our strategic program goals.
- Direct Capital Watch, WW’s national conservation education and advocacy program.
- Direct WW’s Internship and Restoration Programs.
- Oversee WW’s Hike Series and Naturalist Nights Programs.
- Support the Community Organizer in running WW’s Latino Outreach Program, Defiende.
3. Advocacy and Communications Leadership
- Empower and enable WW’s membership, grassroots, and grasstops to engage in advocacy in support of conservation program goals.
- Engage and educate members of Congress, public land management agency staff, and other decision makers in support of WW’s conservation program goals.
- Communicate and advocate WW’s conservation goals and issues to members, the public, press, and important decision makers.
4. Operations Leadership
- Actively participate in fundraising efforts as needed and work closely with WW’s Development Director and Executive Director to develop and plan community and fundraising events.
- Supervise staff as appropriate, providing input, counsel, and direction.
- Present information as needed at board meetings and work with board members on specific projects as appropriate.
Qualified candidates will have a deep passion for and connection with public lands and wilderness. Additionally, candidates will have experience and/or skills in these areas:
- Management-level experience in leading internal functions or large projects for independent organizations, political offices or government agencies.
- In-depth knowledge of western public lands history/policy, ecosystem protection, resource management, or conservation biology.
- Ability to professionally represent the organization in front of members of Congress, agency staff, other decision makers, the press and public.
- Proven ability to manage staff and volunteers to achieve measurable results.
Advocacy & Program Management
- Minimum three to five years of relevant work experience in policy, advocacy or environmental fields.
- Experience in designing and managing programs, preferably conservation advocacy or policy projects in the field.
- Experience with grassroots, non-profit environmental advocacy.
- Experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); some experience in analyzing EAs and EISs, drafting comments, and filing administrative appeals preferred.
- Excellent writing, public speaking & presentation skills.
- Experience in a political office or in running political or advocacy campaigns highly valued though not required.
- Ability to read a map and safely navigate challenging backcountry conditions.
- GIS mapping experience would be useful.
- Computer literacy required; social media proficiency preferred.
- Self-motivated and ability to work outside of a highly structured work environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to quickly interpret and strategcially respond to others emotions, opinions and statements.
- Sense of humor.
- Collaborative by nature.
- Undergraduate degree in applicable field required; graduate degree preferred.
- Willingness to live and be an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Ready to Apply?
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at email@example.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically. The position will be open until filled.
The Wilderness Workshop provides equal employment opportunities to all persons.
No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, otherwise qualified handicap or disability, or veteran status.