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California Director

Anywhere CA

Western Watersheds Project seeks a California Director to expand and continue WWP’s campaign to protect and restore public lands in California and parts of Nevada, particularly in the context of reining in livestock grazing and related environmental problems. The position will entail administrative and legal oversight of federal decisions, fieldwork, data collection and analysis, participation in agency planning processes, media outreach and legislative advocacy. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, be able to synthesize and understand ecological and biological concepts, and have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Coordinate and develop WWP’s public lands and waterways protection in California and Nevada and work with current staff on existing projects and threats posed by domestic livestock/sheep grazing on public lands across the West; 
  • Collect and track research documenting the impacts of livestock on public lands, and utilize a variety of tools to determine focal areas for protection emphasis;
  • Submit data, public comments, and appeals and engage in discussions with the Forest Service and BLM about how to protect public lands from domestic livestock, including the use of grazing permit retirement;
  • Work with WWP’s Public Policy Consultant to pursue legislative options specific to livestock grazing and predator defense issues;
  • Participate in outreach opportunities including press releases, op-eds, position statements, newsletter articles, and blog posts;
  • Meet with public lands livestock grazing operators to discuss options for conflict reduction;
  • Visit public lands grazing allotments, documenting habitat conditions and management.


  • Educational background in science, law, or policy and/or advocacy experience;
  • Affinity for and knowledge of remote and rugged areas in the West;
  • Willingness to travel and camp alone in field sites;
  • Highly organized and able to use GIS software, mapping tools, and basic database software;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to make a difference in protecting native species from livestock grazing impacts on public lands;
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team;
  • Self-directed and accountable;
  • Position will be located in California or Nevada, Reno preferred.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably administrative or legal appeal) and 3 references in a single .pdf file by January 31, 2018 to jeremy@westernwatersheds.org. Position open until filled.

Posted November 27, 2017

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