Montana Carnivore Conflict Reduction Manager

Website Heart of the Rockies Initiative

Connected habitat and working land for people and wildlife

Title:               Montana Carnivore Conflict Reduction Manager

Hours:            1.0 FTE (40 hours/week);

Term:             3 years; grant-dependent possibility to extend

Salary:            $61,000 – $66,000, starting

Status:            Exempt

Location:        Remote within Montana, and ideally in central location within the region

About Us

Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a transboundary organization that works to ensure connected habitat and working lands for people and wildlife by increasing the pace of durable conservation in the Central Rockies of North America. As a partnership of 29 land trusts working across five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, we envision a region where actively engaged people and communities work together across geographic and organizational boundaries to protect, restore, and steward the lands and waters that sustain natural systems and support community livelihoods. We know that we’ll only achieve our mission and vision by hiring and creating an inclusive space for a diverse staff that reflects the communities across the landscape in which we work.

We work toward our mission by helping our land trust members protect private land through our Keep It Connected program, ensuring the permeability of private lands for wildlife through our Carnivore Conflict Prevention program, enhancing conservation outcomes by convening the High Divide Collaborative, and helping rural communities thrive through our Rural Development program. Heart of the Rockies is led by an 11-member Board of Directors and currently has nine staff members; we expect to grow our staff to 13 within the year.


Position Summary

Heart of the Rockies is seeking a collaborative and organized individual with experience working with rural communities to join our team as the Montana Carnivore Conflict Reduction Manager.

Heart of the Rockies, in partnership with Western Landowners Alliance, has been awarded a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support the adoption and expanded use of carnivore conflict prevention techniques by landowners and agricultural producers in Montana, Oregon, and Colorado. Additionally, Heart of the Rockies is partnering with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for administration of the America the Beautiful Challenge grant that will support similar conflict prevention work. This position will coordinate grant projects in Montana by (1) conducting community-level outreach throughout the state to inform Tribes, landowners, and agricultural producers about the projects and funding opportunities, share information about available prevention practices, and identify and document potential barriers to practice adoption; (2) engaging with community partners, federal and state agency staff, and staff from other non-governmental organizations to convene outreach events, host workshops, and facilitate dialogue across stakeholder interests to support coordinated implementation and continued innovation of conflict prevention strategies on working lands; and (3) support NRCS program delivery by documenting, tracking, and reporting partner contributions, project progress, and project success/impact.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Tasks and Areas of Responsibility:

  • Facilitate community outreach and knowledge exchange through field days, workshops, or other relevant events. (25%)
  • Coordinate with state and federal resource and land management agency staff, as well as other NGO partners,  to support implementation of conflict prevention practices. (25%)
  • Work with partners to capture project outcomes at the individual, community, and state levels. (25%)
  • Support partners in collaborative conservation delivery by offering subject matter expertise and hosting trainings. (20%)
  • Participate in ranch visits with producers, NRCS field staff, and other partners to conduct resource evaluations and assessments. (5%)

Results and Outputs Expected of this Role:

  • Professional semi-annual reports of project progress.
  • Updated and correct project information on website.
  • Well-organized community events and workshops in partnership with agency and NGO partners and development of associated outreach materials.
  • Detailed and accurate input of project information into Salesforce.
  • Effective, clear communication with prospective community partners and existing partners.

Qualifications

We welcome people with diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives to apply. Strong candidates will be experienced project managers who meet many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications – we encourage interested candidates to apply if they meet 75% of them.

Experience and Knowledge

  • 5+ years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in conservation, social science, and/or work directly with rural communities.
  • Proven ability to successfully convey information clearly and adapt communication style based on audience.
  • General knowledge of the important ecological roles of grizzly bears, wolves, and other large carnivores, and awareness of the strong emotional responses they tend to elicit.
  • Experience with conducting surveys and using other social science tools.
  • Familiarity with Customer Relationship Management software, such as Salesforce, or the ability to learn Salesforce.
  • Motivated by values of equity and inclusion, with awareness of current and historical injustices embedded in conservation work.
  • Proficiency in entering, analyzing, and presenting data in spreadsheets, presentation software, and word processing applications. Experience with Microsoft Office or Google applications preferred.
  • Experience working in rural Montana and with agricultural producers preferred.
  • Familiarity with NRCS practices, programs, and processes preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to connect with various communities, including Tribal members, rural communities, agricultural producers, and individuals across both the political and socioeconomic spectrum.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate complex information to various audiences.
  • Demonstrated integrity, and the ability to exercise confidentiality and sound judgment.
  • Ability to think strategically, manage complex projects from start-up to completion, and adopt new approaches in response to changing circumstances.
  • Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to manage and organize data and other information.
  • Ability to think critically about complex issues.
  • Patience to work through complex issues with partners who may work at different paces.
  • Ability to work within dynamic working lands communities.
  • Treats others with dignity and respect.
  • Ability to conduct the majority of your work remotely and at a computer.
  • Ability to travel frequently (up to 50%) within Montana, occasionally to/through areas with limited/no cellular service or internet (must have or be willing to obtain a driver’s license).

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting salary is $61,000 – $66,000/year, depending on experience, and is based upon a wage analysis for the region and organizational size.
  • Flexible work options including working from home, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks.
  • Annual paid time-off includes three weeks of vacation leave, nine holidays, two weeks of sick/wellbeing leave, and additional leave options, including the opportunity for paid sabbatical every five years and six weeks of paid and six weeks of unpaid family leave.
  • Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Retirement plan with employer matching.
  • Heart of the Rockies values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere, and supports personal resilience.

How to Apply

The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply.

  • To apply, submit one PDF of your cover letter and resume via email to nathan@heart-of-rockies.org, with the subject line “MT CCR Manager Application”. Please use the following naming format for your file: LastnameFirstname_CCR Application
  • Applications will be accepted through April 23, 2024.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews with top applicants in late April, with a goal start date of May 29, 2024.
  • If you have a disability and require accommodation or assistance with our application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 406-552-3388.
  • If selected for this position, we will check references and conduct a background check.

Heart of the Rockies strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of people and wildlife. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job email your details to nathan@heart-of-rockies.org

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