National Wildlife Refuge Campaign Coordinator (Denver, CO or Durango, CO)

General Description

The Wilderness Society (TWS) seeks an entry level candidate to join our team as National Wildlife Refuge Associate. The Associate will be an integral part of the TWS Campaign team and working under the direction of the Senior Campaign Director, will lead TWS’s engagement on the designation of new National Wildlife Refuges. Specifically, this position will lay the groundwork for The Wilderness Society in efforts to designate new refuges and ensure they are part of the solution to climate change.

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 National Wildlife Refuge Campaign Coordinator will integrate these priorities throughout our work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.   This is a termed position lasting for two years from the start date.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of a science-based vision and campaign strategy to designate new National Wildlife Refuges

  • Conduct research and writing assignments designed to deepen TWS and the conservation community’s knowledge base around detailed aspects of the designation process including applicable law and agency policy, historic precedent and other factors.
  • In conjunction with TWS Campaign and Science Teams, research and detail top tier refuge proposals from across the country.
  • In reviewing potential proposals, analyze factors such as political viability, value in protecting critical wildlife habitat with an eye towards diverse representation of habitat and ecosystem type, value from the perspective of climate adaptation and resiliency as well as other factors
  • Identify, evaluate and conduct outreach to a diverse group of potential partners associated with top tier refuge designation campaigns for both specific landscapes as well as overarching themes including sportsmen, climate resiliency, and underserved communities.
  • Draft recommendations and an initial campaign plan based on above activities that can serve to guide the community in implementation of National Wildlife Refuge Campaign.
  • Initiate work to execute campaign plan


Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Minimum 1 year experience in political or advocacy campaigns or natural resource management
  • Proven ability to deliver results, work independently and communicate effectively
  • Familiarity with and preferable some course work in issue/advocacy, campaigns or public policy and public land or an eagerness to learn about them
  • 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. 
  • Commitment to helping TWS foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization
  • 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.
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

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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