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Senior Coordinator, Riparian Connectivity

Job Location

Missoula, MT


Type of Job



$50,000 - $55,000

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Published Date

Jan 6, 2022

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that everyone in America has clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to the daily benefits of nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.


Our organization operates from offices across the country, including our headquarters in Reston, Virginia; a National Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C.; and seven regional centers. The Federation also works with 52 state and territory affiliates—autonomous, nonprofit organizations that take the lead in state and local conservation efforts and collaborate with the National Wildlife Federation to conduct grassroots activities on national issues.


The Northern Rockies, Prairies & Pacific Region spans a large and diverse geographic landscape across the states of Alaska, Hawai’i, Oregon, and Washington in the Pacific; Montana and Idaho in the Rockies; and North and South Dakota in the Great Plains. Our work is based out of two primary offices, in Missoula and Seattle, and a smaller office near Portland, Oregon.


Our regional team has proven its commitment to wildlife and landscape-scale conservation through four decades of successful campaigns to protect grizzly bears, restore bison on public and Tribal lands, secure safe habitat for bighorn sheep, and fight for runs of wild salmon. Working closely with our affiliates, Tribal/Native/Indigenous entities and other conservation and community partners, our programs help expand Monarch migration pathways, restore beavers for riparian health, expand protection for Native Hawaiian seabirds, connect children and families with nature, and more. Some of our conservation programs extend beyond our region, including work on western water, wildlife habitat connectivity, and youth and adult education. Details on these and other program priorities can be found on our regional website:


As a member of the regional wildlife conservation team, the Senior Coordinator, Riparian Connectivity is responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating about projects to improve riparian and aquatic habitat in NWF’s Northern Rockies, Prairies and Pacific Region, and supporting implementation of the National Wildlife Federation's strategic plan (A Common Agenda for Wildlife) and our Equity and Justice Strategic Plan.


Major responsibilities include ensuring completion of grant-funded work in close collaboration with contractors and partners, reporting on project work to funders and NWF team members, and expanding existing relationships to develop new opportunities in the future. Managing funding, strategic planning, education, advocacy. and communication activities are also required to support these and other water-related projects and policy priorities within the region. The Senior Coordinator serves as a cross-disciplinary resource to support integration and prioritization of internal NWF and state affiliate water-focused projects/programs in the western U.S. To achieve success, the Senior Coordinator will work closely with staff across both Northern Rockies, Pacific and Prairies, and Rocky Mountain regional programs (e.g. Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program, Wildlife Connectivity Program) and national programs (e.g., Public Lands) to generate strategies for riparian and aquatic connectivity, and restoration work.


The Senior Coordinator, Riparian Connectivity reports to the Regional Director of Wildlife Programs. When the offices open, the position will be based, and in-office work is expected, Missoula, MT. Other remote work locations in MT will be considered.

Your major areas of responsibility:


  • Project Management: Develop and supervise new and ongoing projects to achieve long-term conservation successes aligned with NWF’s Western Water program priorities. Oversee implementation of grant-funded projects through to completion and reporting. Manage employees and volunteers as needed to build and expand projects, acting in a professional and inclusive manner. Develop communications materials and present at conferences and workshops.
  • Program Advocacy, Outreach, Coordination and Communication: Coordinate and provide facilitative leadership for Montana Beaver Working Group, including regular communications with coalition partners, strategic planning and prioritizing, and outreach within and beyond Montana to promote beaver restoration. Other wildlife program advocacy and outreach may be incorporated into this position. Work with internal NWF programs including the Wildlife Conflict Resolution and the Wildlife Connectivity Programs to develop and help coordinate new projects that integrate the goals, strategies and methods of these programs. Develop communications materials such as blog posts, press releases and social media posts that promote riparian connectivity and other program stories including policy advocacy.
  • Fundraising: Work closely with the Wildlife Director, Regional Executive Director, and philanthropy staff to increase revenue from grant and foundation sources to support and expand conservation programs. Provide both direct development as well as guidance to program staff for fundraising opportunities. Develop and collaborate on budget and programmatic strategic planning.


Basic Qualifications:


Strong candidates for this position will bring experience in project development and implementation in a water or related natural resources setting, including teambuilding and collaboration to achieve lasting results. These proficiencies are typically consistent with three or more years of professional experience, including all of the following:


  • Serving in a responsible role in project coordination and implementation
  • Cultivating relationships with community and organizational partners
  • Familiarity with water and/or riparian resources, policy, or conservation
  • Working for or with public resource agencies, or a solid understanding of their mandates and practices
  • Strong analytic and communication skills, both oral and written


Preferred Qualifications:


  • B.A. or B.S. in Natural Resources, Environmental Science or Policy, or related field; post-graduate degree and/or relevant work experience desirable
  • Ability to thrive in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, set priorities and follow through to completion, with excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Hands-on experience with riparian or aquatic restoration projects, or familiarity with low-tech process-based restoration
  • Ability to identify, engage and cultivate key contacts to develop strategic partnerships
  • Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with potential funders and provide substantial assistance in preparing funding proposals and reporting on grants
  • Ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities, and to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process


Desired Competencies:


The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. These may be demonstrated by:


  • Working collaboratively with diverse teams of professionals
  • Appreciating diversity of opinion as well as respect for individuals
  • Being a self-starter capable of putting plans into action and meeting deadlines
  • Prioritizing time and working efficiently
  • Showing a high-level of performance in independent work and using problem solving, initiative and creativity
  • Organizing and presenting thoughts coherently and confidently in front of groups of all sizes
  • Negotiating and being innovative when presented with obstacles
  • Setting long-range goals and achieving measurable outcomes to achieve goals
  • Delegating work while providing necessary direction and resources to ensure success
  • Exercising good judgment
  • Handling conflict effectively by listening and encouraging productive resolutions
  • Motivating and inspiring others by providing passion and optimism that is grounded in reality
  • Fostering a work environment that is enjoyable and meaningful and plays to each team member’s strengths.


Travel Requirements: Local travel (day trips) 1-3 times per month; extended travel 1-2 times per month during field season, up to 15 nights a year. Occasional long drives up to 5 hours.


COVID Consideration:


The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in early 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.


Compensation and Benefits:


This position pays $50,000 - $55,000 depending on experience.


We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.


We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:


  • Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
  • We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
  • Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
  • Therapist available at no cost
  • Pet insurance and discount perk program
  • Annual wellbeing allowance


In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:


  • Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
  • Annual year end retirement contribution
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
  • Pet adoption stipend
  • Student Loan management


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at


We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


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