Location: Denver, Colorado
Department: Field Conservation
Supervisor: Director, Rockies and Plains Program
Salary Range: $48,000 - $55,000
This professional-level position is responsible for overseeing and implementing strategic plan objectives and strategies for the Rockies and Plains Program, with a focus on efforts to promote restoration of wolves to the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado. The goal of this program is to pave the way for wolf restoration in Colorado by strengthening the already-strong base of support for wolves in Colorado (around 70% in many polls) and mobilizing these supporters to promote restoration. The program representative works closely with the Denver-based national outreach representative and D.C.-based communications staff to inform the public of the importance of wolf recovery to restore Colorado's natural balance, work with diverse stakeholders to pave the way for wolves in the state, and grow a large, in-state constituency in active support of this goal.
General responsibilities include: outreach to diverse constituencies, including but not limited to private landowners, local elected and agency officials, and members of the general public; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders' existing members and supporters; expanding social acceptance and support for wolf recovery in Colorado; contributing to the development of an effective social and multi-media educational effort on behalf of wolf restoration; and, working in close collaboration with other wolf conservation partners, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
The program representative works with other staff members in the Rockies and Plains program and throughout Defenders in implementing the overall mission and goals of Defenders, and may be responsible for additional imperiled wildlife-related conservation and other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Expand the base of support for wolf restoration among the general public across Colorado, including diverse constituencies such as: private landowners; livestock owners; outdoor recreation businesses; fish and wildlife conservation enthusiasts; academics; local, state and federal officials; and religious, scientific and environmental organizations.
Mobilize Coloradans to promote and support positive agency actions to conserve and recover wolves and oppose anti-wolf actions that undermine or are contrary to wolf restoration.
Collaborate and coordinate conservation actions with other environmental community partners who are supportive of wolf restoration.
In coordination with Defenders' communications and marketing departments and other conservation partners, create and implement an outreach plan to promote wolf restoration.
Work with landowners, livestock owners and agencies to promote human-wildlife coexistence and tolerance for wolves and other wildlife on the landscape in advance of wolf restoration.
Represent Defenders and Defenders' interests to the public, the media, and key decision-makers.
Represent Defenders in selected working groups, committees, and processes.
Inform the public and members on key issues through mailings, e-mail alerts, social media, dissemination of educational materials, and Defenders magazine.
Work with Defenders' National Headquarters staff to provide information to members, foundations, and other donors, and help identify and develop potential sources of funding to support work activities and Defenders' priorities.
Assist in developing a network of experts and grassroots activists to assist Defenders in accomplishing its objectives.
Identify key information relating to policy, strategy, and decision-making, and communicate it as appropriate and in a timely manner to the immediate supervisor and other relevant staff members.
Supervise support staff, volunteers, and contractors as necessary.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
An equivalent combination of demonstrated education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed below:
Education: A Bachelor's degree in conservation biology, political science, natural resources management, environmental planning, environmental or public policy, or a related natural resources discipline. An advanced degree is preferred but not required.
Experience: 3+ years of conservation advocacy, community engagement, coalition building, or other non-profit experience. Experience in wolf biology or wolf conservation preferred.
Demonstrated awareness of and experience with the concerns and needs of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
Hands-on experience with wolf research or management.
Experience working with ranching and/or hunting communities.
Strong oral advocacy and verbal communications skills.
Superior writing and research skills with attention to detail.
Excellent strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Colorado resident or strong knowledge of Colorado's social, political and ecological landscape.
Ability to travel extensively throughout Colorado and be productive remotely.
Ability to work independently to initiate project ideas as well as to manage them through to completion.
Ability to work constructively as a member of a team.
Experience participating in coalitions and/or convening diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities.
Excellent interpersonal skills to work productively with both colleagues and opponents.
Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies and other organizations.
Analytical skills to anticipate and make recommendations on policy issues impacting wildlife.
Experience with community building to elevate public awareness of issues and build a constituency for solutions.
Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in response to unexpected change and complex situations.
Personal interest in and commitment to wildlife conservation.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
Ability to walk in natural areas including mountainous terrain to perform field work on occasion.
General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
Travel throughout Colorado is required.
Occasional weekend and evening work required.
Occasional field working conditions involving walking in mountainous terrain.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation's wildlife and wild places.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.