The Conservation Director is responsible for leading the organization in strategizing, framing, and implementing Wild Virginia’s conservation program.
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POSITION SUMMARY: WILD VIRGINIA
The Conservation Director is responsible for leading the organization in strategizing, framing, and implementing Wild Virginia’s conservation program, and will work collaboratively with the Director, the Board of Directors, and volunteers to accomplish Wild Virginia’s vision and programmatic direction. S/he will develop, implement and articulate a coherent and integrated forest conservation program that leads to securing the organization’s vision for Virginia’s national forests.
The successful applicant will have a familiarity with Virginia’s geography and culture, work well with other people from a diversity of backgrounds, be able to strategize and plan at both a site specific and regional scale, and have a keen interest in Wild Virginia’s mission and conservation programs.
This part-time position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia but could potentially be based elsewhere in the region.
The Conservation Director will report to the Director and Board of Directors of Wild Virginia.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with the Director and Board of Directors (15%)
• Collaborate with Wild Virginia’s Director and Board in strategizing about Wild Virginia’s present and future.
• Work with the Director and Board to develop annual work plans, and oversee and ensure implementation of those plans with regular updates.
• Coordinate manage and involve volunteers in Wild Virginia’s campaigns and work.
• Maintain accurate records and report regularly to the Director and Board.
Oversee and Manage Conservation Program (60%)
Work with Wild Virginia’s Director, Board and Volunteers to:
• implement a conservation program that strives to improve the state of Virginia’s national forests for wildlife, plants, biological diversity, and watersheds.
• coordinate, implement, monitor, and evaluate the advocacy and community engagement components of the conservation program.
• assist with crafting and implementing Wild Virginia’s communications and media strategies.
• develop and present conservation program materials to the public
• focus attention on specific areas and issues related to Virginia’s national forests.
Spokesperson for the Organization (25%)
• Serve as a spokesperson with members, other conservation organizations, legislators and the general public, including traveling to meet with these people.
• Serve as a spokesperson with the media, in concert with the Director and Board.
• Help build stronger relationships and communication between Wild Virginia and the communities surrounding Virginia’s national forests.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses many of the following characteristics:
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
• Knowledge of conservation biology, environmental science and public lands/environmental law.
• Experience, environmental advocacy work or conservation.
• Experience with research and report writing.
• Strong communications skills, both written and public speaking, including the ability to work well with the media and to articulate organizational positions and concerns.
• Superior self-motivation, initiative and ability to work without direct supervision.
• Ability to envision a strong conservation future for Virginia’s forests, and an understanding of strategies, policy changes and public/community support required to reach that vision.
• Proven experience and success in strategizing, planning and implementing community engagement, strategic partnering and constituency building activities that will mobilize public support for the conservation program.
• Proven leadership and managerial skills in working with and supervising volunteers in a collaborative work environment.
• Ability to collaborate and communicate well with the Director and Board of Directors.
• Strong computer skills (must be able to use entire MS Office suite. GIS preferred).
• Familiarity with the Commonwealth, as well as the habitat and wildlife science issues of eastern forests, desired.
• Experience in outreach and development including fundraising and grant writing ideal.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
This position is part-time, 25 hrs/week. Position funding is in place for one year. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience and skills. No paid vacation or holidays. Health benefits offered. Scheduling is flexible.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send a letter of introduction, resume (MUST include three reference names with phone numbers), and any pertinent materials you think help detail your experience and qualifications.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (include Conservation Director Application in the subject line) or mail to: Wild Virginia, PO Box 1065, Charlottesville, VA 22902.