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Climate Solutions Associate

Job Location

Denver, Durango, or Albuquerque


Type of Job



$47,000-$54,000 (depending on location)

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Published Date

Oct 7, 2021

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Please note the preferred locations for this position are Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO or Durango, CO.



The Wilderness Society focuses on making America’s system of public lands part of the solution to the most pressing conservation challenges of today: climate change, unprecedented species extinction and inequitable access to nature’s benefits.

Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has been uniting people to protect America’s wild places. The Wilderness Society has led the charge to protect 111 million acres of wilderness since its founding and has directly contributed to the passage of almost every major conservation law while fighting hard against attempts to undermine them.

The Wilderness Society envisions a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet.


General Description

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is hiring a Climate Solutions Associate (Associate) who will work to advance our efforts to make public lands part of the climate solution. We do this through four major pathways: reducing emissions, sequestering carbon, promoting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping to provide for a just transition for communities, away from fossil fuel extraction and towards clean energy.


The Associate will assist in the development and implementation of campaigns designed to further our goal of achieving net-zero emissions from public lands by 2030 and pollution free public lands by 2050. This will happen via the four pathways identified above, through existing and to be developed work streams. The Associate will engage in a variety of tasks, working to build public and decision maker support for these efforts as well as to help gain positive press coverage through earned and opinion media. Working with members of the climate solutions team and others throughout the organization, the Associate will execute on tactics that will feed larger strategies to influence and change policy as it relates to the management of federal public lands. This is a highly collaborative role that involves quick turnaround and attention to detail to help ensure the needs of the campaign are met. Reporting to the Advocacy Director for Climate Solutions, this position works as part of a cross functional team with other TWS staff including communications, regional field offices, government relations, legal experts, and research staff.


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 Associate will integrate these priorities throughout our climate solutions work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

· Assist with development and implementation of campaigns, helping to develop strategies and tactics through shared campaign plans

· Assist in the coordination of campaigns, including logistics of calls and meetings, serving as a coordinator on key bodies of work for the organization-wide climate solutions team

· Collaborate with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) lead organizations and communities to ensure their perspectives and values are integral in the conversation around, and work to advance, making public lands part of the climate solution. This will include, among other perspectives, Traditional and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and values from a wide array of diverse communities.

· Work closely with TWS colleagues in Government Relations, External Affairs, and other business units to support an internal team including tracking and monitoring activities and progress of the campaign.

· Play a lead role in executing tactics to further strategies defined in campaign plans

· Identify and engage new and non-traditional constituencies in support of campaigns, and build relationships with partner organizations representing TWS and its values

· In coordination with colleagues, serve as a point of contact where appropriate for external partners by leading or attending calls, meetings, and trainings

· Assist in the research and production of advocacy materials and products including but not limited to fact sheets, reports, story maps, issue briefs and web content.

· Contribute to development and delivery of impactful messages and communications strategies

· Support the work of local partners and TWS regional staff by developing materials and presentations, facilitating workshops on issues and effective advocacy

· Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned.



Experience, Competencies, and Education

· 1-2 years’ relevant experience supporting electoral or issue advocacy campaigns

· Proven ability to perform under pressure and with tight deadlines

· Detail oriented with strong organizational and time management skills

· Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender

· Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

· Eagerness to or experience in working within coalitions and engaging a diverse set of partners.

· Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas and see them through implementation.

· Proven ability to serve in a variety of roles within a high functioning team

· Knowledge of congressional legislative process, land management agencies, public lands, climate or conservation policy is preferred.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, or handle; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.


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.

To learn more about our commitment, please see

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