The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator to engage and organize individual hunters, anglers, sportsmen’s groups, businesses, and other conservation organizations to support Mississippi River Delta (MRD) and Gulf Coast restoration.
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The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator to engage and organize individual hunters, anglers, sportsmen’s groups, businesses, and other conservation organizations to support Mississippi River Delta (MRD) and Gulf Coast restoration. This employee will be part of a highly engaged team of NWF staff and other NGO partners advocating for large-scale coastal restoration projects and a strong plan for hurricane protection throughout the Gulf with an emphasis on coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and possibly Alabama.
The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator will work closely with Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited (DU), Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Bass Angler Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and other pertinent organizations ensuring that deliverables for a major coastal Louisiana grant-funded program are successfully fulfilled. The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator is responsible for promoting activism among sportsmen and other outdoor interests, recruiting, developing and deploying sportsmen leaders around Louisiana, Mississippi, and possibly Alabama through positive outreach efforts. The ultimate goal is to build a politically powerful network of hunters, anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, and community and industry leaders that take action to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf coast. The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator will also work cooperatively with the NWF staff in maintaining their issue-specific website and social media tools, developing outreach materials, creating Letters to the Editor (LTEs) and Op Eds, developing and maintaining a sportsmen’s database, regular reporting to the Director, Vanishing Paradise, and assisting in all grant reporting requirements.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Grasstops cultivation and deployment: Establish and maintain key relationships within the hunter-angler conservation community and industry partners that advance Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast restoration. This capacity includes taking action themselves, activating their own constituencies, and speaking on behalf of Vanishing Paradise. Maintain and update contact database.
Grassroots cultivation and deployment: Recruit and deploy rank and file hunter/angler activist base through outreach events that take action to advance Mississippi River Delta and Gulf restoration. Work with NWF affiliates in Louisiana, Mississippi and possibly Alabama to engage these activists through online action alerts, round tables, call-in days, letter to the editor submissions, national fly-ins, and other strategic activities.
Local Organizing: Work with the Director, Vanishing Paradise, to plan and implement hunter and angler campaign goals that are fully integrated with the overall Mississippi River Delta and Gulf restoration campaigns.
Communication: Work with media staff and partners to take advantage of opportunities to advance a message about coastal Louisiana and Gulf restoration in the media. Ensure consistency of national hunter angler message. Written communication through social media and online advocacy efforts and direct writing for industry and outdoor publications and newspapers. Develop materials for publication as LTEs and Op Eds for grasstop constituents. When appropriate either serve as a spokesperson or work to identify spokespeople. Work with Communications staff to develop and maintain an outdoor/sports media contact database.
Fundraising: Assist the Director, Vanishing Paradise as needed in activities to report to major funders and secure additional funding through sponsorships, point-of-purchase marketing, and Sportsmen’s Advisory Council.
Volunteer Tracking: Develop, track and mentor volunteer leadership for involvement in NWF-related affiliate programs and NWF programs. Act as support and back up for the National Outreach Coordinator pertaining to the engagement and management of the Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff. Identify next steps for deepening volunteer engagement and follow up.
Candidates should have the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, fish and wildlife or related field is helpful. Communications experience also helpful.
- Minimum of three years of relevant work experience in organizing, natural resource management, communications, or related field. Must be familiar with conservation issues related to Coastal Louisiana and the Gulf coast and hunters and anglers. Strong background in hunting and fishing is helpful.
- Ability to work strategically and as a team player
- Strong written and oral communication skills required
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with targeted constituencies
- Ability to organize volunteers and groups around a specific advocacy campaign
- Attention to detail and ability to multitask required
- Facility with all aspects of Microsoft Office required
- Experience working with volunteer leadership preferred
- Experience with environmental advocacy and environmental issues preferred
- Excellent judgment to make quick decisions and rapidly respond to any question posed by members in the field
- Experience working with diverse constituencies
This role will require frequent travel to meet with and cultivate constituents/grasstops in targeted districts (including Louisiana) and to D.C. to meet with Congressional potential champions. We anticipate the candidate will be gone between 50-75 nights per year.
The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.