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Wyoming Public Lands & Energy Associate

Lander, Rock Springs, or Laramie WY

Salary Range : 45000.00 To 55000.00 (USD) Annually

**This position can be located in Lander, Rock Springs, or Laramie, Wyoming. Unfortunately, relocation assistance is not available for this position**


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 over 80 years The Wilderness Society has been at the forefront of the nationwide movement to protect America’s last remaining wilderness and promote conservation on America’s public lands. To advance our mission, The Wilderness Society is leading efforts to stop the 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 ensure energy development on public lands is part of the climate solution including transitioning away from fossil fuels. Working with our Agency Policy and Planning team, the Wyoming Representative, other TWS staff as well as partner organizations, the Wyoming Associate will provide critical support and leadership in engaging in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service planning processes and federal policy efforts to promote conservation goals and defend wildlands against rollbacks to bedrock conservation laws and policies, energy development and other threats.

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 Wyoming Associate 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.


Essential duties and responsibilities

The Associate’s responsibilities will involve bringing together local constituencies with the legal, policy, and communications expertise to achieve campaign and policy outcomes as well as developing other resources on which local campaigns can draw. Success requires collaborative work with organizations and individuals regionally and nationally.



Coordinating activities within TWS and with other activists and networks of conservation groups to stop efforts to sell off our public lands, and to improve protection of wildlands in Wyoming.

Tracking energy development proposals on federal lands in Wyoming building coalitions and developing strategic, coordinated responses for those proposals TWS prioritizes.

Engaging in TWS’ priority defense efforts around land use and energy policy, providing Wyoming examples and spokespeople for the organization’s larger national advocacy and communications 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. Identifying and cultivating local community members and other voices to speak out in community settings and the media, and build agency, oil and gas industry, and community support for TWS proposals.

Facilitate coalition and agency meetings, ensuring frequent communication and strategic coordination with other staff across TWS, as well as with partner groups.

Point person for TWS engagement in priority land use planning efforts in Wyoming, such as the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan revision.

Help develop and build support for detailed recommendations on energy development and other proposals in planning processes, including conservation designations, and strong policies and practices that reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as impacts to wildlife and recreation, associated with oil and gas development on public lands.

Traveling as needed to gain first-hand knowledge of Wyoming’s wild lands and develop relationships with partners and key players throughout the region. Periodic travel out of state and to Washington, D.C. as needed.

Performing other related duties as assigned.


Experience, Competencies, and Education

Minimum 1-3 years experience in grassroots organizing, environmental or other issue advocacy, campaign work, public policy and/or public lands or natural resources. Past experience with conservation or social issues in Wyoming is desired but not critical.

Ability to think and act strategically to achieve advocacy, policy or campaign goals.

Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing and speaking.

Ability to work constructively with diverse constituencies and effectively in a coalition setting, including rural communities in the West.

Knowledge of Forest Service and BLM land management planning processes and the federal legislative process helpful.

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred but not required; additional education and/or work experience in public lands or natural resources issues helpful.

Experience working with the media to place stories, Op-Eds, and letters to the editor is preferred, but not required.

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

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


Desired Characteristics

An enthusiastic, highly motivated, self-starter with demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines.

Desire and ability to work in teams.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.

Strong intellect, creativity, drive, and initiative.

Campaign oriented, nimble, innovative, adaptive and transparent.

Ability and willingness to travel and perform occasional evening or weekend work.


The Wilderness Society offers a 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 across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.


For consideration please submit your resume & cover letter through the application system.

Posted October 9, 2017

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