This professional-level position is responsible for overseeing and implementing Defenders’ strategic plan objectives to conserve wolves in the Northern Rockies. Priorities include: 1) improving state conservation and management of wolves in Montana and Idaho; 2) minimizing lethal control by reducing / preventing conflicts between wolves and livestock; 3) improving social acceptance of wolves through targeted advocacy, public outreach and education, and field activities. The Senior Representative pursues conservation objectives through a variety of tools including developing and advocating for science-based laws, policies and plans; strengthening and mobilizing public support; cultivating diverse messengers; promoting and supporting the implementation of predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies with partnering landowners and livestock owners / managers; and other means.
This position requires advanced knowledge and experience in a broad array of wolf conservation issues, state and federal wolf policies, federal land management policy and predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies. The Senior Representative may oversee contractors working for Defenders on some of these issues. Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with key stakeholders, agencies, legislators and commission members, and organizations engaged in grey wolf conservation is required, as well as demonstrated established ties to the larger conservation community.
The Senior Representative works closely with other members of Rockies and Plains program staff on Montana wolf issues as well as with Northwest program staff on Idaho wolf issues. The position will also work with other staff members throughout the organization on additional priority wolf-related issues as well as in implementing the overall mission and goals of Defenders.
This position requires working independently with minimal oversight.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and lead Defenders’ strategies and activities for wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies, particularly in the states of Montana and Idaho, in coordination with other partners.
- Advocate for administrative, legislative and political actions in support of strong state-level management plans that can sustain robust wolf populations using a range of strategies including:
- Seeking policy and programmatic changes by relevant state and federal agencies
- Recommending litigation where appropriate and providing technical support
- Participating in direct and grassroots lobbying of the U.S. Congress and the Idaho and Montana legislatures and state agencies.
- Secure sufficient funding (state and federal) to support ongoing agency needs to implement needed wolf recovery and management efforts.
- Coordinate with and provide support for other program staff on wolf conservation efforts in other western states.
- Increase support for wolf conservation among regional residents.
- Mobilize regional residents to urge decision-makers to conserve wolves and oppose actions that undermine wolf conservation.
- Represent Defenders in selected working groups, committees, and processes.
- Represent Defenders and Defenders’ interests to the public, the media, and key decision-makers.
- Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ programmatic and outreach work.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with relevant conservation partners and stakeholders.
- Identify key information relating to policy, strategy, and decision-making, and communicate it as appropriate and in a timely manner to the immediate supervisor and other relevant staff members.
- Monitor and strategically engage on significant state and federal activities and prepare comments on wolf management plans and proposed land-use activities impacting wolves in the Northern Rockies in coordination with other programs in
- Supervise support staff, volunteers, and contractors as necessary.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent
Experience: 6 years of relevant experience
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
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.
Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant’s disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.