Southwest Montana Community Conservation Specialist, The Wilderness Society

Bozeman, MT

Job Title: Southwest Montana Community Conservation Specialist

Organization: The Wilderness Society

Location: greater Bozeman, MT area

Duties: Focused on the Montana portion of the Greater Yellowstone-High Divide, this position will:

  • Respectfully and collaboratively work with existing coalitions of Montana community and conservation partners in the Greater Yellowstone-High Divide region to advance collaborative partner agreements for conservation and other community outcomes tied closely to TWS Strategic Plan Results.
  • Play various roles within coalitions depending on need, at times leading, facilitating, supporting, or contributing in other ways while demonstrating a belief that no task is too big or too small.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with a wide variety of community and landscape partners including rural individuals, organizations, elected officials, sovereign Tribal Nations, federal/ state agency staff, businesses, public land user groups (inc. timber, ranching, recreation), and others.
  • Identify and pursue partnership opportunities that expand equitable benefits of- and broaden support for- TWS Strategic Plan priorities in Montana communities of the Greater Yellowstone and High Divide landscape.
  • Coordinate closely with and participate in cross-functional, multi-disciplinary TWS internal teams to develop and implement equitable landscape conservation strategies in the Greater Yellowstone-High Divide that deliver outcomes tied to TWS Strategic Plan Results. Cross-functional teams will include staff with expertise in science, communications, government relations, philanthropy, and conservation.
  • In coordination with the TWS Rural Communities Director, engage with an internal TWS team of community-based conservation practitioners located in different geographies across the US to support adaptive learning, joint-strategy development, and a shared community-outreach toolkit based on lessons-learned from direct community engagement in various settings.
  • Work collaboratively with TWS Communications staff to organize media opportunities/events that message positive benefits of community-based conservation efforts in the GYE-HD. As appropriate, serve as a TWS media contact for select projects and campaigns in the Montana portion of the Greater Yellowstone-High Divide landscape.
  • Prepare written and visual materials such as fact sheets, news releases, and action alerts that demonstrate the importance of community-based conservation to the health, economic vitality, and quality of life for the people living in southwest Montana’s communities.
  • Represent TWS in public land management processes relevant to TWS Strategic Plan Results such as US Forest Service Forest Plan Revisions, and other processes as needed.
  • Assist with grant proposal writing, grant reporting, and other fundraising efforts as needed.


  • Minimum 3 years demonstrated ability to inclusively and transparently coordinate complex processes involving a wide range of interests including local citizens and stakeholders, organizations, Tribes, federal, state, and/or local agencies.
  • Successful track record collaborating with and organizing diverse interests in an inclusive, transparent, and effective manner.
  • Long-term vision for how to effectively move community-led conservation forward including how to build durable, inclusive, diverse, and equitable coalitions.
  • Outstanding track record of working respectfully, transparently, and successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race, gender and other identities.
  • Must be a humble, respectful and collaborative person – effective at operating with a multitude of audiences and committed to supporting others in accomplishing our conservation goals.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, ability to write and speak concisely and persuasively, proficiency in communicating with the public and media professionals.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple demands and deadlines.
  • Must be able to manage projects and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Solid experience participating in and coordinating campaigns in conservation, social justice or other political oriented fields.
  • Existing knowledge and relationships with partners (agencies, Indigenous especially) across southwest Montana and understanding of their work and priorities is desirable

Salary/Pay: $55,000-$60,000 annually

Application Deadline: April 24th

How to Apply: Please click here to view the full job description as well as how to apply.