Conservation Advocate

Conservation Advocate

Job Title: Conservation Advocate
Reports to: Program Director
Time of Work: Full-time, salaried
Classification: Exempt
Location: Lander, WY (Laramie or Cheyenne negotiable)

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 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 Conservation Advocate to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and a demonstrated history of effective environmental quality and public land advocacy.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work as part of the program team to develop conservation strategies for public lands, wildlife, clean air, and clean water campaigns. This work includes extensive written and oral advocacy, and citizen engagement.
  • Understand state and federal environmental laws and regulations and analyze proposals that implicate these.
  • Communicate highly technical information and complicated processes to a variety of audiences, including the general public, decision makers, and partner groups. Write accessible information pieces for the public, speak to decision makers, and draft formal correspondence.
  • Speak at hearings or public open houses to inform the public, influence decision makers, and advocate conservation priorities.
  • Meet with agency officials, including the BLM, Forest Service, EPA, state DEQ and Game and Fish Department as well as local, state and federal elected officials and other decision makers to further our conservation goals.
  • Provide leadership to support WOC’s citizen advocacy trainings, including legislative internships, Conservation Leadership Institute, “Beers and Bills” nights, and other programs.
  • In coordination with the communications director, develop content for our website, print publications, press releases and social media posts.
  • Conduct outreach to or build coalitions with other groups or entities—such as hunters, anglers, recreational users, outdoor businesses, landowners, industries, and conservation partners.
  • Although not required, experience with GIS software and map design is preferred.
  • Take on other related tasks as assigned by the program director.

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 and meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Three or more years of related professional and/or academic experience in environmental/natural resource law or policy, science and/or community engagement;
  • Demonstrated community, professional, or academic leadership;
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate complex information in an accessible way for lay audiences;
  • Familiarity with the geography, natural resources, and culture of Wyoming;
  • Willingness to travel (mostly within Wyoming, but at times out of state) and interact with
    people with diverse interests and backgrounds; and
  • Commitment to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Lander, Wyoming (Cheyenne or Laramie negotiable)

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.

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.

To Apply:
Email a letter of interest explaining how your experience and skills match this position description, a resume, two writing samples and contact and relationship information for three references to Linda Sisco at linda@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org (please put “Conservation Advocate” in the subject). The position will remain open until filled.