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Public Lands Outreach Coordinator

Denver CO

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. We strive to ensure our organization and work embodies the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connects and inspires people to care about the outdoors.

For nearly 80 years The Wilderness Society has been at the forefront of the nationwide movement to protect America’s last remaining wilderness. To achieve this goal, The Wilderness Society is leading efforts to defend against attempts to sell off our public lands, achieve balanced management of our public lands that protects wildlands from energy development and other threats while guiding those uses to the right places, and ensures sustainable practices including transitioning away from fossil fuels to address climate change. Working with our Agency Policy and Planning team and other TWS staff, as well as partner organizations across the country, the Outreach Coordinator will provide critical support and leadership in engaging in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service planning processes and policy efforts to promote conservation goals. In addition, this position will contribute to and reinforce a positive organizational culture that is grounded in trust, accountability to shared goals and outcome, and which is campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, adaptive and transparent.

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

**This position is located in Denver, CO. Relocation assistance is not provided**


Essential duties and responsibilities

The Outreach Coordinator’s responsibilities will involve implementing campaigns that bring together local constituencies with the legal, policy, and communications expertise as well as developing other resources on which local campaigns can draw. Success requires collaborative work with organizations and individuals regionally and nationally.


Specific duties include:

Coordinating activities within TWS and with other activists and networks of conservation groups nationwide to defend against attempts to sell off our public lands, and to improve protection of wildlands.

Moderating and monitoring coalition communications, facilitating coalition and agency meetings, ensuring frequent communication and strategic coordination with other staff across TWS.

Coordinating grants issued to partner organizations to support their work and providing regular updates on funded efforts.

Working effectively with a wide range of individual and organizations, from lawyers, scientists, and policy specialists to grassroots activists to ranchers, hunters/anglers, local elected officials, members of industry and other public land users.

Tracking and reporting on land use planning and management decisions and energy development.

Assisting with outreach to conservation partners and the public on opportunities to engage in land management plans, travel plans and other agency decisions.

Assisting with drafting newsletters, website content, action alerts and other communications materials.

Conducting research to support advocacy and incorporate in outreach materials.

Organizing trainings/workshops/events that educate partner organizations and the public on engaging in land use planning and/or bring conservation organizations and leaders together with non-traditional allies.

Traveling as needed to gain first-hand knowledge of wild lands and develop relationships with partners and key players throughout the region.

Helping conservation partners develop and maintain relationships with land management agencies.

Performing other related duties as assigned.



Desire and ability to work in teams.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.

Strong intellect, creativity, drive, and initiative.

Experience (0-3 years) or interest in in grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, campaign work and/or public lands issues.

Ability and interest in supporting the Agency Policy & Planning Team operations, including managing data and information and creating and maintaining tracking spreadsheets.

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

Ability to translate complex technical information into user-friendly language and forms.

Comfortable communicating with diverse constituencies, agency representatives and other governmental decision-makers.

Willingness and ability to travel.

Work experience or education in public lands or natural resources issues preferred.

Solid understanding of or interest in public land management planning and/or issues and land management agency culture and policy preferred.


The Wilderness Society offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.


For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume (saved and uploaded as one file) through the online application system.


Posted July 6, 2017

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