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.