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Wildlife Program Director — Santa Fe, NM

Organization: WildEarth Guardians

Job Title: Wildlife Program Director

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hours and Compensation: Full time and Salary is $48,000 to $52,000 depending on experience, plus vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and exceptional work environment.

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Position Dates: start between April and June 2013

Posted On:  Jan. 14, 2013

Organization Overview

WildEarth Guardians is a conservation organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, committed to protecting and restoring the wildlands, wildlife and wild rivers of the American West.


Guardians’ is seeking a Wildlife Program Director to direct priority campaigns to protect and recover imperiled species, primarily in the West, but also throughout the United States and beyond. The program director is responsible for six campaigns, administers WildEarth Guardians’ endangered species settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, coordinates wildlife-related litigation, serves as organizational contact and media spokesperson for wildlife-related issues, and charts new strategies for conserving endangered flora and fauna. The program director manages two staff and works closely with the Executive Director and General Counsel. The position is based out of either the organization’s Denver or Santa Fe offices.

Frequent travel to conferences and meetings in the West and Washington, DC. Expect to work some weekend and evening hours.


  • Manage staff to implement Wildlife Program priority campaigns and projects to protect carnivores and endangered species, including marine species.
  • Administer WildEarth Guardians’ endangered species settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Build and maintain relationships with agency officials, Congressional staff, scientists, citizen activists, partner organizations, and the news media to promote species conservation.
  • Draft, review and edit a variety of written materials, including reports, petitions, factsheets, articles, e-communications, and website content.
  • Support fundraising efforts for the Wildlife Program and the organization.
  • Support the Executive Director and General Counsel.


  • Passion for protecting endangered species, a demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy, and a sense of humor.
  • A minimum of three years of experience with the Endangered Species Act, wildlife conservation biology, and/or wildlife management policy.
  • Knowledge of federal administrative processes and rulemaking under the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be well organized.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail, problem solving, and trouble shooting skills.
  • Intermediate computer skills, including word processing, database/spreadsheet management, and graphic design.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diversity of people and constituencies.

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree in biodiversity protection or natural resources or law.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Knowledge of state and national wildlife policy and politics.

How to Apply

Send inquiries and applications to Applications should include cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample and must be received by February 15, 2013.

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