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Montana Wildlife Federation North-Central/Eastern Montana Field Coordinator

The Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) is Montana’s oldest, largest, and most effective wildlife conservation organization. Our roots trace back to 1936 when hunters, anglers, and other conservationists joined landowners to address the loss of Montana’s natural lands, healthy waters, and abundant wildlife. The decades of westward expansion prior to the 1930’s left wildlife populations decimated throughout North America, and Montana was no exception. That year the first North American Wildlife Conference was held in Washington D.C. and wildlife conservation was thrust into the limelight. The National Wildlife Federation, Montana Wildlife Federation, and many other state wildlife organizations were formed. Since then, MWF has championed scientific wildlife management and fought to conserve the great natural resources found in this state, and wildlife populations have rebounded. This legacy is maintained through our dedicated staff and volunteers.

MWF is the Montana affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), 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 MWF’s North-Central/Eastern Montana Field Coordinator, you will work under the direct supervision of MWF and in close collaboration NWF’s Northern Rockies, Prairies & Pacific Regional Center to build relationships, improve wildlife habitat, and advocate for wildlife conservation in north-central and eastern Montana. This is a unique position, jointly funded by MWF and NWF, aimed at achieving mutually agreed-upon conservation goals and build social capital, trust, and partnership opportunities across this region.

This remote position is based in north-central/eastern Montana. You may work from home anywhere within this broad region.

In this role you will:

  1. Act as an ambassador and advocate for wildlife conservation through a variety of outreach and communication, including:
  • Organizing and implementing local and regional events
  • Creating and sharing social media content, blogs, and articles
  • Public speaking/listening in a variety of settings to engage diverse rural community members
  • Engaging with the media from time to time
  1. Build networks and organize grassroots support for wildlife, by:
  • Identifying and recruiting grassroot leaders
  • Recruiting new MWF members
  • Supporting local affiliate development
  • Engaging with landowner, agency personnel, elected officials, and other tribal and local leaders
  • Joining and working regularly with collaborative networks and conservation allies, including but not limited to the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance.

Your actions are expected to reflect the shared values of MWF and NWF: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. The successful applicant will often be the face that represents our organizations to landowners and potential partners throughout north-central and eastern Montana.

3. Support regional wildlife habitat restoration/enhancement projects through hands-on project participation, volunteer recruitment, and local stakeholder engagement

4. Cooperate with NWF staff and partners to implement regional conservation and education initiatives, including but not limited to: Wildlife Xing and Garden for Wildlife.

5.  Work as a team player with fellow staff and Board and affiliate leaders and participate remotely in weekly team meetings and quarterly Board meetings, with occasional written updates as required.

6. Actively work to achieve organizational priorities for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice through all your program and outreach work, continuously seeking opportunities to learn, grow, and improve our work

Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for fish and wildlife conservation and/or outdoor recreation
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to connect and work with people from a variety of backgrounds in rural settings
  • Solid communications skills, including comfort with public speaking and writing for general audiences
  • Willingness to travel often and work remotely
  • A current state driver’s license, a reliable vehicle and current automobile insurance
  • Physical ability to lift 40 pounds and work independently in remote, rural settings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree or at least three years’ equivalent wildlife conservation or grassroots organizing experience
  • Skilled in use of standard office software
  • Ability to succeed in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, cooperate with managers to set priorities, and follow through to completion, with attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Understanding of and familiarity with north-central and eastern Montana landscape and communities, or experience living/working in a comparable rural setting

Travel Requirement:
Due to COVID, travel in the near term will be restricted. When it is deemed safe to travel and meet in person, you should anticipate frequent travel over long distances, up to two weeks per month. Most of this travel will be by automobile, with regular long drives up to 4 hours and some overnights.

Compensation and Benefits:
The starting salary range for this position begins at $41,500 a year depending on experience. You will receive core health care benefits including medical, dental, and vision, paid time off, and deferred, matching investment opportunities.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice 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, 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.

If you have a disability and require accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at: 406-458-0227.

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.  Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.  If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references with contact information to: frank@mtwf.org
Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021; interviews will be scheduled in mid-May.

Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns Director

Alec is responsible for developing and implementing MWF’s federal conservation advocacy and policy campaigns to protect Montana’s fish and wildlife. He spends most of his free time hunting big game and fly fishing Montana’s cherished trout rivers. He also enjoys backpacking, skiing, photography, and woodworking.