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Conservation Director

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Wilderness Workshop
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Central Mountains, Western Slope
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Position Summary 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.

Areas of Responsibility

Primary Responsibilities 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.   Primary Responsibilities (continued) 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.
  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • Technical • Ability to read a map and safely navigate challenging backcountry conditions. • GIS mapping experience would be useful. • Computer literacy required; social media proficiency preferred.
  • Personal Qualities • 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.
  • Other • Undergraduate degree in applicable field required; graduate degree preferred. • Willingness to live and be an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley.

The salary range for the Conservation Director position reflects the senior level of the position and the market conditions of the surrounding area. The benefits package includes a sabbatical policy, health insurance, wellness days, sick days, and a simple IRA contribution. Relocation support is also available for qualified candidates who are ready to move to our mountain community.

How 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: All applications are to be submitted electronically. The position will be open until filled, but preference will be given to candidates who apply before January 22, 2019. 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.

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