Location: Tucson, Arizona
Department: Field Conservation Programs
Supervisor: Director of Southwest Program
This professional-level position is responsible for representing and promoting Defenders in the Southwest field office, and achieving regional conservation successes through strategic project development and implementation, education, and advocacy. Program areas include local, state, and regional conservation programs and their interface with national and international programs and policies. The present areas of focus will be jaguar conservation and renewable energy and transmission siting, with some work on local and federal land use management planning. The trajectory and activities of this work are guided by strategic plans.
This position entails knowledge and experience in conservation biology, land-use planning, federal lands policy, mitigation, permitting, wildlife laws, advocacy, public outreach, grassroots organizing, donor relations and media communications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead Defenders’ efforts in the US and Mexico to recover the jaguar
- Increase support, improve coordination, and become more directly involved with local, national and binational partners working on jaguar conservation.
- Lead the Southwest office’s efforts to promote “smart from the start” renewable energy and transmission siting, and coordinate these efforts with Defenders’ national renewables program and goals
- Monitor state and federal activities on southwest public lands, including energy corridors, and border infrastructure and operations, and prepare comments on land-use management plans in coordination with other divisions of Defenders
- Monitor and participate in the ongoing development of Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and related regional habitat conservation planning efforts; work in close collaboration with a leading environmental coalition focused on guiding planning efforts
- Meet regularly with regional decision makers, local government staff members, and other key players to promote Defenders’ Southwest Program. Coordinate the development
- and implementation of public outreach and education projects promoting Defenders’
- Southwest Program.
- Promote Defenders’ regional goals and projects through the media, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and editorial board visits
- Lead Defenders’ strategic planning on jaguar conservation, and participate in strategic
- planning for renewables and transmission and other program areas
- Support other Defenders’ staff and departments including Development, Communications and Marketing and Online Communications in a timely manner
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s (B.A/B.S.) degree or equivalent in conservation biology, ecology, political science, environmental planning, natural resources management or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.
- Experience: 4+ years of experience in conservation biology, ecology, political science, land-use planning, environmental planning, or natural resources management. Specific expertise in federal lands policy, mitigation, permitting and wildlife laws. Experience with legislative procedures, wildlife and conservation programs, grassroots organizing, media, communications, and environmental advocacy. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
- Demonstrated ability to engage with senior leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies and other organizations
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate with senior level staff across organizations to reach agreements on complex broad policy issues; demonstrated ability to work productively in a lead role in coalitions of environmental organizations
- Demonstrated ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations to senior managers within Defenders and other organizations
- Demonstrated ability to elevate public awareness of issues and build a constituency for solutions; campaign experience
- Ability to think strategically about long term goals and what needs to be done
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities
- Strong research and writing skills with attention to detail
- Excellent verbal communications skills with the ability to conduct presentations to large and diverse audiences
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends
- Fluency in Spanish preferred
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
- General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants please reference Southwest Representative in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.