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Utah Wildlife Federation Seeks Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator

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Position Summary – Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator

The Utah Wildlife Federation is seeking an independent qualified contractor (1099 position) to convene and facilitate a Utah wildlife connectivity working group comprised of representatives from organizations and state agencies, and help build a foundation for the Utah Wildlife Federation to achieve long-term organizational success.

About the Utah Wildlife Federation

The Utah Wildlife Federation (UWF), which served the state of Utah for decades, is poised to re-launch as the voice for everyday Utah hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists focused on conserving wildlife habitat, hunting and angling opportunities and access, and American public lands now and for future generations.

To provide this voice and effectively advance this vision, the UWF will take the conceptual approach of:

  • Providing a moderate, independent, nonpartisan, and genuinely Utahn voice for the everyday Utah hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast on wildlife and public lands issues.
  • Being built by Utahns, for Utahns.
  • Focusing on protecting hunting and angling opportunities and access, wildlife habitat, and American public lands now and for future generations, while advancing the principles of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
  • Listening with respect, providing factual information on issues in a non-adversarial manner, and incrementally making deliberate progress toward policy goals through collaborative community-driven conservation.
  • Partnering with both species/issue/geographic-focused groups and chapters of national groups and playing a convening role to leverage and maximize the impact of voices from the middle of the political and ideological spectrum.
  • Having an authentic and demographically diverse board and membership with geographic representation from across the state.

 
The UWF is set to re-launch as a non-profit 501 (c)(3), and is being built through the work of people who call Utah home, based on Utah values.

About the Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator

The Utah Wildlife Federation is seeking an independent qualified contractor (1099 position) to convene and facilitate a Utah wildlife connectivity working group comprised of representatives from organizations and state agencies, and help build a foundation for the Utah Wildlife Federation to achieve long-term organizational success.

In the 2020 legislative session, the Utah state legislature passed House Resolution 13, which both:

  • Urges continued state investment in wildlife connectivity and encourages state and local governments to adopt policies to protect and restore intact fish and wildlife connectivity and migration corridors and promote road safety, and
  • Resolves that the Legislature and Governor encourage the Division of Wildlife Resources, universities, and others with expertise in the wildlife area to study where wildlife migration corridors exist within the state and how best to protect and enhance these corridors.

 
Building on this Resolution, the Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator’s primary role will be to convene and facilitate a working group comprised of representatives from organizations and state agencies. This working group will seek to better understand and identify opportunities and challenges to protecting and restoring landscape connectivity for native wildlife in Utah in order to facilitate collaborative, proactive projects and ensure the long-term viability of species and ecological processes.

Work will involve creating regular, ongoing forums for open and honest conversation amongst diverse partners, with meetings occurring quarterly and including both opportunities for group discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Additionally, this position will design and conduct a situation assessment to inform the structure of the connectivity working group. It will also involve organizing, when appropriate, site visits to understand project potential and on-the-ground outcomes.

The Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator will also partner with the Utah Wildlife Federation (UWF) board to build a foundation for the UWF to achieve long-term organizational success. This will include items such as crafting and adopting bylaws and a conflict of interest policy, filing all appropriate I.R.S forms, and establishing an accounting and financial management system.

The contract for this position will last from July 2020 through July 2021, with the possibility of an extension and expansion of the role in the future, and it’s expected this role will take 6-8 hours per week for successful completion (on average).

Compensation for the contract is set at $12,000, with a provision for up to $2,000 in work-related travel expenses.

To ensure the Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator has the support and tools necessary to succeed in this role, and to aid in their professional development, they will also receive:

  • Free tuition for, and an expectation to participate in, the Short Course on Natural Resources Collaboration offered by the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, which is part of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Program,
  • Extensive training and coaching from the Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program regarding effective facilitation and in designing and implementing the situation assessment,
  • Coaching and direct support from a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Director of Conservation Partnerships, a position focused on building and sustaining affiliate-NWF relationships, joint affiliate-NWF programming and affiliate capacity-building, and
  • The opportunity to network with leaders in Utah’s conservation, outdoor recreation, sporting, and wildlife management communities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated performance as a self-driven and motivated individual who is passionate about building relationships with a wide and diverse network of community stakeholders.
  • An understanding of conservation, outdoor recreation, public lands, and sporting issues in Utah.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to connect with people in-person or remotely.
  • The ability to be flexible, innovative, and collaborative in identifying project priorities, as well as a demonstrated ability to meet established and recognized project timelines.
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and travel.
  • Licensed driver with access to a vehicle.

 
If you meet at least 75% of the qualifications of this description and are passionate about conserving wildlife habitat, hunting and angling opportunities and access, and American public lands now and for future generations, we encourage your application.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter describing their interest in this role and relevant qualifications, a resume, and 3 references to NWF Director of Conservation Partnerships, Craig M. Benjamin, at , by July 19, 2020.

About the National Wildlife Federation

Founded in 1936, the NWF has grown into America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the NWF is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization’s programs focus on protecting, restoring, and connecting wildlife habitat; transforming wildlife conservation; and connecting Americans with wildlife.

NWF affiliates are autonomous, nonprofit organizations that take the lead in state and local conservation efforts and partner with the NWF on a wide variety of national and regional issues. Affiliation is a voluntary relationship, with only one affiliate per U.S. state or territory. This diverse network of affiliate partners elects half of the NWF’s board of directors and sets NWF’s conservation policy priorities through an annual resolution process.