Posted: Sep 13, 2022
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Community-Led Conservation Specialist

Full-time
Salary: $57,000.00 - $71,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Sep 25, 2022
Natural Resources/Environmental
Salary Range:$57,000.00 To 71,000.00 Annually

To apply for this position please submit your cover letter & resume through our online portal by Sunday, September 25th, 2022.  

Location: This position can be a remote position within the Western or Intermountain West U.S. preferred. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The position’s main objective is to support the development of The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) Community-led Conservation programs. The Community-led Conservation (CLC) Team focuses on working with individuals, organizations, coalitions/collaboratives, elected officials and public agencies in urban and rural places. The team develops partnerships and uplifts program and policy solutions aimed at increasing the personal, ecological, economic and community well-being in TWS’s priority landscapes. 

The CLC Specialist will collaborate with program directors and managers to sustain and grow their outreach and community engagement efforts, track expenses, serve as a liaison to non-CLC teams, plan events, write reports, research, review and provide feedback on CLC digital content and participate in strategic planning sessions (as needed). 

This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the CLC Specialist will integrate these priorities throughout our work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign-oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the development of strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, organizations, and industries to advance CLC program goals and objectives.
  • Represent TWS CLC team at conferences, workshops, meetings and tabling events
  • Collaborate with partners to advocate for public investments and public policy to support outdoor equity
  • Convene meetings partnerships and coalitions, coordinate and attend meetings, prepare agendas, and presentations as needed
  • Provide research and coordination support to carry out programmatic priorities in urban and rural communities
  • Support outreach and engagement efforts, including but not limited to attending public meetings and meeting with local stakeholders to organizing special events
  • Assist with note-taking/record keeping, and writing program updates and issue briefs or memos
  • With support from Communications staff, curate and write content for various communication channels and support planning, content development and production of materials 
  • Assist Government Relations, External Affairs and Philanthropy teams with other duties as related to CLC programs
  • Participate in internal working groups/committees as needed
  • Special projects as needed

QUALIFICATIONS
ExperienceCompetencies

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in urban planning, public policy, or related field, with an interest in the environment, conservation, social justice, land use planning, advocacy, civic engagement, and/or community organizing
  • Knowledgeable on issues of conservation, park access, park equity, access to jobs, rural housing and economic transition/just transition
  • Ability and interest in researching and drafting policy and issue briefs/memos
  • Exemplary skills in oral, written, and online communication
  • Familiarity with public processes
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diversity of stakeholders from local communities to federal agencies
  • Comfort executing program, event coordination and logistical support
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans
  • Ability to work independently, taking initiative, and creative problem-solving with minimal supervision 
  • Strong sense of personal accountability
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives (i.e., gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background) 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite   
  • Ability to travel within the U.S.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear.   The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.  

 WORK ENVIRONMENT  

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

 This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. 

 The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.  TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.  

TWS has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all staff reporting to a TWS office or engaging in in-person work meetings.  There is an exception to the vaccine mandate for any staff who have an objection because of a medical or religious reason.  We will do our best to devise reasonable accommodation that respects your objection while balancing the competing demands of your specific position. 

 As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits. 

 To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society