Position Title: Working Wild Challenge Intern
Organization: Western Landowners Alliance (WLA)
The Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) was founded in 2012 by landowners dedicated to keeping working lands in the American West whole and healthy. We advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. Western Landowners Alliance is a West-wide organization, operating programs for landowners and managers across the 11 states west of the 100th meridian. We know that we have to take good care of the land if we want it to take care of us. WLA ensures the voice of landowners is represented in policy making, provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, and helps the public understand the value of working lands and private stewardship.
Position Overview: WLA is looking for a student intern to join our fully remote team across the West to help support WLA’s Working Wild Challenge (WWC) program. The WWC is a landowner-led effort that recognizes the challenge of ranching with wildlife, and facilitates constructive dialogue between wildlife managers and working lands stewards to solve problems through peer learning, public policies, and increasing access to technical and financial assistance. Our approach leads to stronger partnerships, more resilient ranches, and ultimately, better-connected landscapes.
In particular, WLA’s WWC program is seeking someone to provide support for the Conflict Reduction Consortium led by WLA. The Consortium envisions landscapes where people, livestock, and wildlife all thrive, where effective management practices reduce conflicts and economic solutions support resilient, biodiverse working lands. The Consortium works to reduce human-wildlife conflict through collaborative learning, research, and improved management practices, and to develop and share policy recommendations and educational resources in support of our vision. Six subcommittees within this group of about 40 individuals meets monthly or biweekly. Subcommittees focus on scaling up conflict reduction efforts, supporting the economic viability of working lands challenged by expanding wildlife species like grizzly bears and wolves, and creating mutual understanding across the rural urban divide.
Dates: The position will be 5 to 10 hours per week starting as soon as possible in 2021 with opportunities to earn academic credit and receive hourly compensation. With the breath of Consortium subcommittees, specific responsibilities can be tailored to meet a student’s academic schedule. The intern will report directly to WLA’s WWC program coordinator Alex Few.
Responsibilities: We are looking for a highly motivated intern who is eager to learn from and support landowners in wildlife conservation. While working closely with Working Wild Challenge program staff, you will attend and coordinate collaborative stakeholder meetings. Specific responsibilities include alerting meeting participants of upcoming meetings and assignments, taking and synthesizing meeting minutes, and distributing follow-up communications.
Desired Qualifications Intern candidates have excellent written and oral communication skills and are comfortable operating in a virtual environment and providing technical support on Zoom. Successful candidates will display good judgement and the ability to recognize sensitive subject matter and seek assistance in communications accordingly.
How to Apply: To apply, please provide a roughly one page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and its alignment with career objectives, a resume or CV, and contact information for 3 references. Applications should be emailed to Alex Few at email@example.com and Drew Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.