Program Director, Wyoming Outdoor Council

Lander, WY

Position Title: Program Director

Organization: Wyoming Outdoor Council

Location: Lander, Wyoming

Organization Overview: The Wyoming Outdoor Council is Wyoming’s oldest independent conservation organization. Founded in 1967, they are a member-based advocacy group. They use scientific, legal, and policy expertise to advocate the protection of public lands, wildlife, and clean air and water. They provide support and resources to empower citizens to do the same. They bring people and groups together to find workable solutions to tough conservation problems. The Wyoming Outdoor Council offers excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; generous paid family leave and vacation policies; and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan. Job title and scope of responsibilities may change depending upon experience. They are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work.

Position Overview: As program director, you will oversee the work of the Outdoor Council’s program team, providing mentorship and leadership. The program director also takes on specific advocacy roles depending on organizational need and prior experience. The Wyoming Outdoor Council focuses primarily on the following conservation issues: lands, water, wildlife, climate change, air quality, the state legislature, traditional ecological knowledge, and citizen engagement. This position typically becomes a member of the management team after an introductory period. As a member of the management team, you will work closely with other directors to shape the vision for and ensure the success of the Wyoming Outdoor Council


  • Manage a team of 4-5 conservation advocates and program managers with diverse
    expertise in conservation in Wyoming, providing team supervision and mentorship, and
    supporting each staff member’s professional development goals.
  • Lead strategic program planning efforts while maintaining consistency between strategic
    goals and day-to-day efforts.
  • Serve as a leading voice for the organization’s conservation advocacy, ensuring
    consistency, clarity, and depth of expertise, including representing WOC in the media, in
    WOC publications, as well as via written and oral advocacy efforts.
  • Evaluate new areas of potential program work, directing research and engagement on
    emerging issues.
  • Engage with WOC members, partner group colleagues, Tribal, federal, state and local
    leaders, citizen stakeholders, and agency decision makers to find creative, grounded
    conservation solutions.
  • Collaborate with relevant program staff and the development team to manage
    communications with key funders and partners, support grant proposals, and meet grant
    reporting milestones.
  • Work closely with the communications team and engagement staff to develop and
    manage creative efforts to engage WOC members and the public through effective
    outreach and communications.
  • Operate as the lead liaison for program team to the management team and the WOC
    board of directors.
  • Travel around the state as needed to represent WOC at events and public meetings, and with decision-makers.

Qualifications: You like working collaboratively, and approach roadblocks and challenges in the spirit of
problem-solving. You’re as comfortable in a one-on-one conversation with a supervisee as you
are testifying in front of a legislative or regulatory body; you’re also an excellent writer, and
enjoy preparing or reviewing both technical and popular communications.
You always keep in mind “where the people are” – remembering to ground truth advocacy
efforts with the people and WOC members who critically undergird conservation work in
Wyoming. You care deeply about reaching out to people in communities around Wyoming,
sharing resources and helping interested Wyomingites make their voices heard. You’re
partnership-oriented, and a great listener, striving to meet people where they are and leverage
the unique strengths of a diverse team in service of ambitious goals.
And, most of all, you are committed to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Salary/Pay: 65,000.00 salary plus benefits

Application Deadline: Open until filled

How to Apply: Email a letter of interest explaining how your experience and skills make you the right person to join the team. Include a resume and three references (with contact and relationship
information) to Misti Haase at (please put “Program
Director” in the subject).