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Program Director – Visit With Respect

Website Friends of Cedar Mesa

About the Position

The Visit with Respect (VWR) Program Director will have the overall responsibility of expanding the Visit with Respect Initiative: leading a communications campaign to promote VWR principles, working across the organization and with partners to identify cultural and natural sites that may be threatened by visitation or other land uses, assisting staff across the organization in integrating and promoting VWR principles, and supporting collaboration with partners to (ultimately) mitigate any threat to the sites.

The Program Director will become the organization’s expert on Visit with Respect and work with our Executive Team and partners to develop and lead a campaign promoting said principles. The Director will also manage and work to grow our on-the-ground, volunteer-based VWR Ambassador program. This program engages volunteers to monitor and mitigate lasting damage to the natural and cultural resources of the greater Bears Ears region. Additionally, the position will work closely with partners at the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, Utah State Parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and others to ensure collaboration and mutual benefit.

A successful candidate will be someone with a passion for the unique natural and cultural aspects of the Colorado Plateau and the greater Bears Ears region, a desire to help encourage respectful visitation and land use, an interest in refining their presentation and public-speaking skills, and the grace to work with a growing group of energetic volunteers in Bears Ears National Monument.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to expand the organization’s Visit with Respect campaign
  • Collaborate with organizational leadership to build partnerships, develop materials, expand communications, and make Visit with Respect a “household name”
  • Support fundraising and partnership efforts to expand the reach of Visit with Respect campaign into the outdoor recreation industry
  • Manage and expand the Visit with Respect Ambassador program
  • Train and support Visit with Respect Ambassador volunteers to monitor and document potential threats to regional cultural and natural resource on public lands
  • Coordinate with public lands agencies to help implement management goals and to ensure Visit with Respect principles are upheld in greater Bears Ears region
  • Assist in identifying and monitoring impact of visitor use through collection of data from Ambassador volunteers and others as appropriate
  • Support collaborative efforts to ensure the success of the Utah State Historic Preservation Office’s site stewardship program
  • Work with staff and volunteers to organize group hikes and volunteer projects
    Support colleagues with field trips, presentations, and education center duties
  • Help with fundraising and administrative tasks as needed

Candidate Qualifications

The VWR Program Director will be thoroughly committed to FCM’s mission and her/his professional development. All candidates should have proven education, outreach, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, natural resource management, anthropology, education, or other related field with experience working with diverse groups in an outdoor setting. Equivalent professional experience related to this work may be substituted for degree requirement on a year-by-year basis.
  • Desire to develop leadership and direct a communications campaign promoting Visit with Respect principles.
  • Strong verbal communication experience, especially in public speaking, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures; excellent interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Strong awareness and sensitivity regarding Indigenous connections to cultural and natural resources.
  • Competent hiking skills and the desire to be outdoors for extended periods of time in all seasons.
  • Collaborative spirit and willingness to work with multiple partners on a shared goal.
  • Passion for the Bears Ears landscape and protecting the natural and cultural sites in and around Bears Ears National Monument.
    Desire to become a national leader on Visit with Respect principles.

Work Environment

This position can be remote with work in Bluff, UT at least ten days a month. This role expects communication with staff and partners via in-person meetings, phone, video conferencing, and email. This position requires frequent travel into Bears Ears National Monument and occasional travel to other locations for training, fundraising, and meetings.

About the Organization

Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) works to protect and build respect for the cultural and natural landscapes of the greater Bears Ears region. FCM has been an essential local voice for protecting the culturally rich, publicly managed lands of southeast Utah since 2010.

FCM accomplishes its mission through six primary focus areas:

  • Indigenous Connections: Supporting Indigenous collaborative management through technical expertise, local knowledge, visitation to cultural sites, and advocacy
  • Field Work: Carrying out tangible on-the-ground projects to protect resources and improve the visitor experience in a way that blends archaeology with cultural heritage
  • Stewardship: Monitoring land uses and visitor impacts to identify and mitigate threats to cultural sites, wilderness values, and natural resources
  • Education: Changing visitor behavior by inspiring appreciation and teaching “Visit with Respect” principles, both at the Bears Ears Education Center and out on the landscape
  • Advocacy: Working collaboratively with partners to create robust protections and prevent damage through harmful policies
  • Research: Enhancing knowledge of cultural and natural resources through documentation, partnerships, fiscal sponsorship, and volunteer support of research projects

Friends of Cedar Mesa is committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all of our work. We strive to support Indigenous leadership in our work and achieve our mission through collaboration and partnerships.

We believe diversity makes us stronger and we encourage interested candidates who have a strong desire to apply for this position, even if a few of the qualifications or duties may be a challenge for the candidate. Our ideal candidate will be someone who is willing to expand their skills and to develop into an expert on Visit with Respect principles as we grow this program and our organization.

Application Process

Send a resume and cover letter explaining how your experiences and skills match this position to hiring@cedarmesafriends.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. It is our desire to fill this position by September 2022.

Friends of Cedar Mesa follows all state and federal law, as well as organizational policy, designated to safeguard against discrimination on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy status, and genetic information.

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@cedarmesafriends.org

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