Wildlife Project Coordinator
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
As a Wildlife Project Coordinator, you will work in collaboration with regional NWF staff, project partners (e.g., The Nature Conservancy, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), landowners, and others to implement a Southwest Montana project exploring and implementing approaches to mitigate impacts of fencing on wildlife movement.
Fencing is a nearly ubiquitous feature on the landscape but little is known or considered regarding its effects to wildlife. Fence location, density and type are all factors that have consequences on multiple species and as such, innovative and scientifically-proven fence designs are needed to account for multi-species use. In concert, fence designs must continue to sustain their overall objective in keeping livestock in appropriate pastures. The Wildlife Project Coordinator will be expected to work collaboratively to build support for and implement cost-effective solutions for fencing issues, which the project team believes provides a ‘win-win’ approach for both landowners and wildlife.
This position is based in Southwest Montana with (a minimum of) two study sites (Horse Prairie area and the Big Hole Valley). This is a temporary, full-time assignment expected to last one year. Applicants will need to begin work March 1, 2021 and, as a result, acceptance of applications closes February 1, 2021.
In this role you will:
Evaluate, coordinate and oversee ongoing fence mitigation projects with the project team
You will identify and evaluate opportunities to build new partnerships and collaborate with state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders engaged in ongoing fence mitigation projects, as well as pursue new opportunities in the project area. The work will include tracking funding requirements (i.e., matching funds, assess material needs, assess fence mitigation requirements). You will manage budgets, people and logistics to complete fence modification and/or removal projects, which include coordinating parties involved, funding sources, contracts, volunteers, materials, site logistics, inspection, monitoring, and report writing.
Expand, identify and work with key stakeholders
You will work closely with FWP biologists and landowners to identify opportunities based on wildlife movement data and field observations and assess their needs for fence accommodation, coordinate on-the-ground efforts with all stakeholders so that implementation can be targeted/prioritized based on wildlife needs, and assist with on-the-ground projects and monitoring where applicable. Where needed, and coordinating with parties involved, you will track and account for volunteers, materials, site logistics, inspection, monitoring, and create reports (including reports required by funders).
Maintain and stay abreast of ongoing relevant science and mapping needs
In order to fill gaps in our understanding of this evolving field of study and ensure our work is based on the best available science, you may monitor and contribute to ongoing relevant mapping research where applicable and as responsibilities allow, as well as explore additional opportunities in close collaboration and communication with partners.
Review and present findings as applicable to future projects
You will review and discuss findings and conclusions with the project team, including technical, programmatic and biology staff, prior to finalizing any evaluation or determination of projects. You will assist the Regional Wildlife Biologist with proposals and formulation of plans incorporating the recommendations shown by the work produced and completed by this position.
Fundraise and look for opportunities to expand the work
You will work with NWF staff and coordinate with state, federal and NGO’s stakeholders to find and apply for funding sources to support fence mitigation projects. This may include writing proposal narratives, meeting with potential funders, presenting work to and/or creating promotional components to be used to educate about the work and/or raise funds.
- Knowledge of the scientific frameworks specific to migration and fence mitigation. Multi-disciplinary, familiarity with wildlife management, communication, team-building, fundraising and physical work
- Understanding and ability to use the required computer platforms and process to document the work
- Demonstrated ability to work remotely on projects with diverse groups and individuals, stakeholders and team members (i.e., ranchers, landowners, agency personnel, NGO’s), while maintaining professional conduct and completing on-the-ground projects. This includes excellent organizational skills, ability to track budgets, attention to detail, communicate with all parties in a timely manner.
- You will be expected to work outside, lift a minimum of 25lbs and work with hand tools proficiently, weather during the work will vary.
- A current state driver’s license and vehicle with current insurance.
- Undergraduate degree; graduate-level studies or at least 3 years equivalent ecological/wildlife field experience.
- Ability to thrive in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, set priorities and follow through to completion, with excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Field project management experience strongly preferred.
- Strong analytic and communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to present technical information to diverse audiences, and a demonstrated interest and/or experience communicating about projects in rural communities and with state, federal and NGO partners.
- Provide education and outreach opportunities when applicable.
- Proficiency with word processing, GIS, databases and PowerPoint software.
- Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation and that of the overall partnership: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. The successful applicant will often be the face that represents all partners to landowners and communities.
- Understanding of and familiarity with SW Montana geography, stakeholders and community.
Due to the COVID pandemic, travel will be restricted. If/when it is deemed safe to travel, there will be travel of up to 4 times a month with extended travel 1-2 times. There may be occasional long drives of up to five hours.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The salary range for this position is currently $45,000 - $50,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.
The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.
Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.