Job Title: Wyoming Energy Programs Practitioner
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Overview: Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, to create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. Currently tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of the core values is commitment to diversity. Therefore, they strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, they use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
Position Overview: The Wyoming Energy Programs Practitioner plays a lead role in implementing the Mining the Sun (MTS) program in Wyoming to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission. S/he serves as an integral part of the Wyoming chapter’s conservation team, designing and implementing conservation programs and working with partners to achieve the policy and conservation outcomes of the chapter’s strategic plan. This is a full- time, two-year term position, with potential for extension.
- Works with Southwest Wyoming Program Director and the national and state MTS teams to design the Wyoming program and build the support necessary to implement it on the ground;
- May supervise administrative staff, contractors and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff;
- Financial responsibility to complete projects and assist with budget development and meeting chapter fundraising goals;
- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements;
- Works within scope of program’s strategic goals;
- Provides research and policy analysis in support of developing incentives for siting energy projects on disturbed lands;
- Influences the outcome of policy at the state and local level;
- Prepares program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications;
- Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, policy makers, academia, and industry; and
- Works independently, working with supervisor as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree and three years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Fluency in English;
- Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure;
- Experience working within teams to develop programs and achieve desired outcomes;
- Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership; and
- Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.
- Multi-cultural experience appreciated;
- Experience with energy policy, siting, development or reclamation, particularly renewable energy;
- Experience, coursework, or other training in energy or natural resource policy, business and conservation;
- Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results;
- Experience building partnerships, networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders;
- Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts;
- Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight; and
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.