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Wyoming Conservation Manager

Website The Wilderness Society

uniting people to protect America's wild places

General Description

The Wyoming Conservation Manager is a member of The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) Conservation program team, which plays a leading role in advancing the organization’s mission to unite people to protect America’s wild places and our vision to create a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. The Conservation Manager will help develop and lead major aspects of the organization’s work in Wyoming, including supporting TWS’s regional and national campaign or policy priorities tied to our collective impact results. The person in this role will coordinate closely with key partners, support TWS’ priority landscape conservation work, as well as help advance community-led conservation to ensure all people in the state benefit equitably from public lands. This position plays a critical role in cultivating and managing relationships with a wide range of partners, supporters, and the press, as well as with federal, state, and tribal officials, and their staffs, to advance conservation outcomes.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader and strong project manager who works collaboratively and will help coordinate The Wilderness Society’s Wyoming conservation efforts across all parts of the organization.  This person will bring strategic focus in helping to achieve the organization’s priorities in Wyoming and ensure we approach our conservation work in a manner that is equitable in terms of who benefits from conservation outcomes and inclusive in terms of who we engage.

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 Wyoming Conservation Manager will integrate these priorities throughout our work in the state.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help develop and execute strategic program priorities for the state in furtherance of TWS’ Strategic Framework and collective impact results. This includes supporting state-based tactics to advance TWS national campaigns.
  • Identify, cultivate, and organize support for administrative and legislative conservation efforts, including permanent conservation designations in Wyoming.
  • For TWS priority landscape (Greater Yellowstone High Divide) that is partially located in Wyoming, the Conservation Manager will support the landscape team’s vision with specific state-based projects , including BLM and Forest Service land-use planning
  • Provide knowledgeable background on federal public land management and energy development policy—and state wildlife policy—for TWS’s policy and place-based proposals and responses to federal environmental analyses.
  • Position TWS as a trusted collaborator with partners and decision makers and represent TWS in select collaborative and coalition efforts.
  • Work effectively with a wide range of individuals, disciplines, and organizations; including scientists, researchers, policy specialists, journalists, grassroots activists, ranchers, hunters/anglers, members of industry, and other public land users. Identify and cultivate local community members  to speak out in community settings and in the media to build support for conservation proposals.
  • Build highly functional relationships with tribes, federal agencies, congressional staff, local and state government, businesses, the media, and diverse stakeholders, including rural communities and conservation and recreation groups.
  • In coordination with the Wyoming Senior Manager, effectively engage with government relations, research, policy, communications, and fundraising experts at TWS to ensure our work in Wyoming is well integrated with organizational priorities and fully utilizes TWS’s expertise and resources.
  • Ensure TWS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of all of our work in the state and strive for equitable outcomes in development and implementation of our in-state goals. This includes early and effective engagement with Native American nations and when possible, elevating other communities that have been historically marginalized.
  • Interact with and inform senior management on Wyoming-specific issues.
  • Assist with grant proposal and report writing and other fundraising efforts as needed.
  • Manage select contracts as needed to provide support to multi-disciplinary TWS teams.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications

Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Minimum five years of progressively complex professional experience working on issue/advocacy campaigns, natural resource management issues, or public policy.
  • Proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships and networks among diverse stakeholders, ideally including industry (ranching, energy, mining, etc)
  • Experience with Wyoming public land issues and/or environmental policy preferred, but not required.
  • Commitment to supporting others in accomplishing our goals in an equitable and inclusive manner.  Proven cultural competency working with communities of color, particularly Native American, is preferred.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills that can be applied to complex conservation issues, partnerships and coalitions.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to achieve conservation goals.
  • Experience building and maintaining strong relationships and networks among key stakeholders, government officials, donors, and partner organizations.
  • Good time management skills, with the ability to aptly balance short- and long-term demands.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to speak effectively in public, with donors, partners, elected officials, and the media.
  • Comfortable working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively (primarily in state).

To apply for this job please visit workforcenow.adp.com.

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