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Conservation Programs Manager

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The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

The Mountaineers is seeking an energetic and hardworking Conservation professional, who is passionately committed to the mission of promoting outdoor education, conservation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest. The Conservation Programs Manager is a part time position- 4 days a week, including some evenings and weekends, with the opportunity to move to full time in the future. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape, create and lead the organization’s conservation initiatives and programs. This will be a critical position within in the organization and the right individual will play a lead role in evaluating and drafting policy statements, maintaining existing (and establishing new) partnerships, developing programs and initiatives to engage our membership with on the ground conservation. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently with little direction and be energized about the opportunity to shape, plan, strategize, and implement the conservation agenda for The Mountaineers. The role will be approximately
• 1/3 advocacy and policy, working with partners, politicians and public agencies to make sure the decisions they make are good for recreationists
• 1/3 educating and informing members through our conservation currents e-newsletter, website, blog, magazine, organizing outreach events
• 1/3 delivering programs such as Leave No trace training, Junior Naturalist or advocacy training

The Organization
The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the wild areas and peaks in the Pacific Northwest. The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field and in the community and has over nine thousand five hundred members with branches from Olympia to Bellingham. Our dedicated staff, members and volunteers are deeply committed to successfully accomplishing our mission. Each year over 700 volunteers deliver outdoor skill courses to 2,500 students and lead over 2,000 recreational trips. In addition we advocate for access and protection of recreation lands. Last year we helped protect 30,000 acres of public land in Washington state. The organization also publishes more than 500 outdoor recreation and conservation advocacy books via its Publishing Division. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people by helping them explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the wild lands and waters of the Northwest. The Mountaineers has a staff of 30 employees (14 employees at the Program Center where this job is located) and an annual operating budget of four million dollars. For further information, please visit The Mountaineers at www.mountaineers.org. The site offers in-depth information about The Mountaineers organization, its activities, programs, and mission.

Key Responsibilities
The Conservation Programs reports to the Mountaineers Executive Director and is responsible for managing The Mountaineers’ conservation programs including:
- Advocacy: Establish partnerships with like-minded organizations. Work with partners, politicians and public agencies to advocate for decisions beneficial to Mountaineers including signing onto letters and drafting original letters, attending events, organizing members and volunteers on behalf of The Mountaineers. Respond directly to travel management/ recreation planning processes throughout the state advocating for recreational opportunities and land protection. Managing and analyzing Mountaineers policy database.
- Create and market annual conservation agenda: Work with the Executive Director, staff, board and volunteers to create and establish The Mountaineers top 4-5 annual conservation initiatives. Communicate conservation, travel and recreation management priorities to The Mountaineers membership as well as other recreation and conservation organizations.
- Engage and educate The Mountaineers membership: Develop new and innovative programs to educate and engage Mountaineers members. Create and deliver monthly e-newsletter dedicated to conservation issues. Contribute to The Mountaineers publications and act as the conservation editor for the Mountaineers’ magazine.
- Deliver on-the-ground conservation programs: Organize volunteer stewardship projects including trail work parties for national trail day, deliver leave no trace training to volunteer leaders, conduct ground truthing visits, deliver Junior Naturalist programs.
- Manage budget and develop funds as necessary to conduct above programs: Develop annual budget and fund development plan. Write grant proposals and follow-up with needed reports, plan and implement special events, develop donors with the assistance of development staff.
- Recruit and work with volunteers for The Mountaineers: Responsible for working collaboratively with conservation volunteers and helping to rebuild and recruit new members to the conservation and recreation committees. Staff leader for conservation/recreation committees.
- Partnership management: Establish and facilitate relationships/ collaborations with relevant partners.
- Events: Assist with the coordination of conferences and events related to The Mountaineers campaigns, represent The Mountaineers and our issues in public venues.

Candidate Requirements
The position requires demonstrated skill, experience and success in the following areas:
- Relevant college degree with experience in fields of public land management and planning. At least 2 years experience in a comparable position is required.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully work independently with minimal day to day supervision.
- Experience working with, and contacts in, state and local land management agencies.
- Experience collaborating with volunteers and volunteer committees.
- Ability to effectively reach out and work with traditional and diverse allies on both an individual and organizational level.
- Ability to think strategically and provide leadership in advocacy as well as policy development.
- Experience creating a workable plan for advocacy and policy development.
- Knowledge of conservation and recreation issues and constituencies on Pacific Northwest public lands.
- Understanding of the policy process surrounding those issues.
- Ability to effectively create and lead on the ground conservation programming – experience in this area preferred.
- Administrative experience in budgeting, resources development, marketing (and management).
- Ability to use all MS Office applications.
- Comfortable with technology and learning new applications.
- Personal interest in human-powered recreational activities.
- Ability to cultivate and support volunteer programs and projects.

The successful candidate will possess the following competencies:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a sense of humor.
- A passion for the outdoors.
- Collaborative, hard working, resourceful and creative.
- Desire to work in a small nonprofit work environment.
- Self-motivated, well organized, plans ahead, takes individual initiative, sets and follows through on priorities.
- Collaborative.
- Accountable- holds self and others accountable for performance.
- Fiscally responsible and results oriented.

Compensation and Benefits
This position is for a part-time exempt employee and will include some evening and weekend work. A competitive salary and a strong benefits plan are offered. Health and disability insurance, retirement and vacation benefits are offered.

How to Apply
Please visit www.mountaineers.org for more information.
Interested candidates should email a 1 page chronological resume and a 1 page letter of interest explaining 1) what experience, skills and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you to Emily Noel, [email protected] as soon as possible. Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received by September 1, 2010.

The Mountaineers provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected

Location

The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States