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The Wilderness Society - North Cascades Program Manager

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The Wilderness Society
720 Third Avenue Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

The Wilderness Society, a national non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving wilderness and inspire American’s to care for our wild places, seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join its dynamic Pacific Northwest team. This position reports to the PNW Regional Director.

The ideal candidate has a minimum of 5-7 years experience in the Pacific Northwest in conservation, public lands, environmental, and/or political work, a proven track record of collaborative and/or coalition work, excellent interpersonal skills and strategic instincts, excellent writing skills, a love of challenge and the ability to maintain a sense of humor. Knowledge of planning and/or public affairs is helpful; experience with public lands conservation issues is desirable. A strong interest in and personal commitment to conservation is essential. The ability to lead initiatives, juggle competing priorities, and work effectively within teams and coalitions is critical.

The North Cascades Program Manager, in coordination with the PNW team, will work closely with the conservation and recreation communities and other allies in Washington State on furthering the North Cascades Initiative. This position is fast-paced and challenging, and offers a wealth of opportunity to increase and diversify skills and experience, exercise leadership and fuel creativity. Regular travel within Washington State and occasional travel outside Washington State is required. Some evening and weekend work is also required.

• Coordinate closely on a day-to-day basis with the conservation and recreation communities, local, state, and federal government officials, and citizens throughout the North Cascades on to advance TWS conservation and recreation goals;
• Lead coordination of TWS’ North Cascades work, including participating in and leading coalitions of organizations, including conservation, public interest, recreation and business groups;
• Lead, in partnership with PNW Regional Director, TWS’ efforts with the North Cascades Initiative Working Group and, in partnership with PNW Regional Director and Communications team, TWS’ efforts with the North Cascades Initiative Marketing and Outreach Committee.
• Implement TWS’s conservation and recreation efforts within the North Cascades;
• Lead North Cascades Initiative efforts to broaden TWS’ constituent base, develop new partnerships and diversify outreach; ensure that other TWS work outside North Cascades region is well coordinated with North Cascades Initiative goals;
• Develop and maintain close working relationships with public land management agencies throughout the North Cascades;
• Inform, educate, and lobby as necessary appropriate government personnel, Congressional staff, and legislators;
• Track and monitor restoration and recreation projects throughout the North Cascades, and provide formal comment on agency plans, policies and proposals as necessary;
• Help to develop written materials including citizen guides, fact sheets, correspondence with agency officials, and internet-based communications;
• Coordinate closely with other PNW staff on communications, fundraising, research, and advocacy for both North Cascades program enhancement, and to ensure coherency with other TWS Regional and National programs and projects;
• Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers to assist in N. Cascades program efforts;
• Assist the PNW Regional Team on other issues related to the protection of lands within the Pacific Northwest Region as needed.


BA degree or equivalent experience is required.

• Minimum 5-7 years of directly relatable experience (see above)
• Proven success working with coalitions and diverse groups of people
• Experience with environmental or land conservation issues preferred
• Familiarity with public land management agencies is helpful
• Proven track record of handling diverse/multi-faceted conservation programs/projects

• Leadership in group and coalition settings
• Impeccable interpersonal skills in person, on phone and email
• High quality written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking
• High comfort level and professionalism when working with people who have different policy priorities
• Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Ability to work calmly under pressure and in a collegial fashion with a diverse group of colleagues, and to foster and maintain strong relationships with coalition partners
• Competence in using MS Office software, including MS Word
• Demonstrated commitment to furthering public lands conservation

We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package, including health and dental insurance and a pension plan. At TWS, we advocate for and protect the rich variety of life, values and experiences that wild places provide; as an organization we are equally committed to honoring diversity in our staff and creating an inclusive work environment.

Submit résumé, cover letter, and 2-3 short writing samples to:

Heather Blakely
Pacific Northwest Regional Office
The Wilderness Society
720 3rd Avenue, Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98104
[email protected]

No phone calls, please


The Wilderness Society
720 Third Avenue Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98104
United States