Conservation Representative

General Description

The Wilderness Society (TWS) seeks an ambitious self-starter to join our team as Conservation Representative. The Representative will be an integral part of the Washington State team, and working under the direction of the Washington State Director, will lead TWS’s engagement on national forest issues and campaigns in the state. Specifically, this position will represent The Wilderness Society in efforts to permanently protect critical wildlands in the North Cascades and support the advancement of a regional effort to ensure that national forests in the Pacific Northwest are part of the solution to climate change and that all people – regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status – have access to and benefit from public lands.


This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Conservation Representative will integrate these priorities throughout their work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset. 


The Wilderness Society is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire people to care for our wild places. We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. We strive to ensure our organization and work embodies the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connects and inspires people to care about the outdoors.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  • Support the development and implementation of a science-based vision and campaign strategy to ensure national forests in Washington are managed for climate adaptation and resilience and that critical wildlands within these forests are permanently protected.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including tribes, rural communities, federal agencies, congressional staff, and conservation and recreation groups.
  • Coordinate all aspects of TWS’s advocacy on forest issues in Washington State, including providing strategic focus, building support internally and externally, and working with multiple departments and staff levels within TWS.
  • Lead Washington partners in the development of a strategic coalition to advance national forest management goals and represent TWS in existing coalitions focused on permanent protection efforts in the state.
  • Engage TWS research staff to identify the most pressing research needs that will inform campaign goals and strategies and develop a plan to meet those needs.
  • Coordinate with TWS government relations and forest policy staff to ensure consistency when engaging with agency and congressional leaders.
  • Prepare written and visual materials, such as policy papers, fact sheets, and action alerts that demonstrate the importance of wildland protection and forest conservation to the health, economic vitality, and quality of life for the people living in nearby communities.
  • Support TWS communications staff in the implementation of a communications plan that conveys the positive benefits of forest conservation and wildlands protection.
  • Assist with grant proposal writing and other fundraising efforts as needed.




Experience, Competencies, and Education


  • Minimum three years’ experience working on issue/advocacy campaigns or public policy.
  • Track record working successfully in teams and with people representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender. 
  • Excellent analytical and verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to write and speak concisely and persuasively to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to achieve campaign goals.
  • Ability to manage complex processes involving a wide range of interests, strategically balance multiple assignments and priorities, and meet deadlines with consistently high-quality products.
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Profiency in Microsoft Office suite.


Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to take initiative, be proactive in managing projects and solving problems, develop ideas, and see them through implementation.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Able to keep a level head and function at a high level when responding to rapid changes in campaign dynamics and plans.
  • Eagerness to learn about wilderness and public land conservation.
  • Commitment to helping TWS foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.


The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.  TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.


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