CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE OUTDOOR COUNCIL
The Wyoming Outdoor Council is Wyoming’s oldest independent statewide conservation group. In 1967, Tom Bell, also the founder of High Country News, came together with other conservation leaders to establish the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Since then, the Wyoming Outdoor Council has grown to be a nationally recognized leader in protecting Wyoming’s environment and quality of life. We appreciate your interest!
WILDLIFE & PUBLIC LANDS ORGANIZER
JOB DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1967, the Wyoming Outdoor Council is the state’s oldest independent conservation organization. We work to protect Wyoming’s environment and quality of life now and for future generations. Our goal is to develop productive and lasting solutions for managing our public lands, protecting clean water and air, safeguarding wildlife habitat and sustaining local communities’ quality of life. As a respected voice for conservation in Wyoming, we draw on two strengths—experienced and effective policy staff, and the belief that engaged citizens can make a difference
We are seeking a motivated, dynamic conservation organizer to join our team and support our ongoing campaigns to achieve protection for Wyoming’s big game migration corridors and large landscapes. The position will involve regular travel (both day and overnight). The ideal candidate will have a passion for—and demonstrated
• Co-create, manage, and implement outreach efforts to inform and mobilize citizens about ongoing wildlife and public lands campaigns in communities around the state. These activities may vary, from planning complex events requiring extensive coordination of logistics, media, and volunteers, to informal meetings and other strategies. This position will require regular travel to communities around the state.
• Build partnerships with volunteer citizens and citizen groups to share information, and support local organizing efforts. The organizer will also work with citizens to identify local needs, create events that draw in new activists and recruit and support citizen spokespeople.
• Work with program staff to create and manage a long-term citizen outreach strategy and calendar. This includes creating strategic milestones, planned activities and reporting back for campaign assessment.
• Work with lead program staff and communications team to generate messaging (including social media) related to wildlife and public lands campaigns. The organizer will also communicate with the media as a representative of WOC and speak/present on behalf of WOC at public meetings as required.
• Support and assist program staff in meetings with decision-makers. Attend meetings with decision-makers as needed and facilitate citizen attendance as appropriate.
• Assist in conservation leader training and outreach programming around the state. Work with program staff to design and implement programming efforts statewide to teach citizen advocacy skills and empower Wyoming citizens and communities.
• Interface with partner groups. WOC works alongside many conservation partners and in several coalitions. The organizer will participate in (and sometimes lead) coalition calls and meetings as required.
An ideal candidate will thrive in a busy work environment, work well within teams, and accomplish the tasks above as demonstrated by a suitable combination of academic background, training, and experience. They will also be personable, organized and self-directed; have a good sense of humor; be a great communicator (in person and in print)
• 1-2 years minimum experience in community organizing, engagement, and/or outreach or work with volunteers.
• A passion for wildlife and Wyoming’s wild open spaces. Basic familiarity with fundamental principles of ecology, landscape management, and/or conservation science.
• Knowledge of and passion for Wyoming and its unique communities. Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with a diversity of Wyoming constituencies, including decision-makers, sportsmen and sportswomen, and other community members.
• Experience organizing public events in multiple formats and at multiple scales.
• Familiarity and enthusiasm for working in teams and coalitions.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, for both internal and external audiences, including comfort with public speaking and presentations.
LOCATION: This position will be based at the Wyoming Outdoor Council home office in Lander.
COMPENSATION: This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The Wyoming Outdoor Council will provide excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; a generous leave policy; and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.
CITIZEN LOBBYIST INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Wyoming Outdoor Council’s power comes from informed and engaged citizens. This is especially true during the state legislative session — when key policy decisions about our public lands, wildlife, and environmental quality are made every year.
As part of our effort to increase civic engagement in Wyoming, we are excited to offer an annual Citizen Lobbyist Internship Program during the legislative sessions in Cheyenne. Our first program ran in 2018 with three different week-long internships held by a dedicated group of interns who ranged in age, interests, and experience. It was so successful that we continue to offer this to the Wyoming community.
We believe a deeper familiarization with our state’s “citizen legislature” will empower members to be better advocates — and to engage others in their own communities.
Each internship includes a dynamic and in-depth curriculum that covers:
The basics of how a bill becomes law and orientation to the Capitol
Hands-on training in lobbying and communicating with legislators
Researching actual legislation filed — including possible meetings with government agency staff and creating fact sheets
Attending committee hearings and monitoring floor debates
Participating in strategy meetings with other lobbyists and interest groups
Opportunities to testify before committees and/or lobby legislators directly about upcoming bills
Outdoor Council lobbyists will provide the majority of this training, often through on-the-go learning related to the Outdoor Council’s own work. Each internship will vary based on the pace and schedule of the upcoming legislative session that year. Interns will be needed in Cheyenne for the duration of the week, starting with an orientation meeting that Sunday evening and finishing by Friday afternoon. The Outdoor Council may be able to provide lodging or provide a stipend to cover lodging, if necessary.
Each internship week will have its own unique agenda and pace, based on the legislative schedule, bill deadlines, and committee meetings that week. If you are interested in finding out more about the application process or the internships, contact our Program Director, Steff Kessler. We’d love to hear of your interest, and we’ll continue to post more information and materials as the year progresses.