Job Description: Conservation Director (Click here to download a pdf of this document)
Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: Boise, Idaho
Supervisor: Executive Director
Idaho Rivers United is a result-driven, campaign-oriented conservation organization formed in 1990 to help citizens protect and restore the rivers of Idaho. We achieve our goals through a mix of direct advocacy, education, citizen involvement, collaboration and, when necessary, litigation. Today, Idaho Rivers United has approximately 3,500 members, an active volunteer board of directors and a professional staff of organizers, advocates, activists and technical experts.
About the Position:
The Conservation Director is the senior staff position responsible for directing IRU’s conservation program. This position requires a deep commitment to the mission of IRU and a strong passion for protecting rivers and the species that depend on rivers for their survival. Additionally, this position requires a broad skillset that includes strong natural resource, public land, legal, political, collaborative, communication and social skills.
More specifically, the essential skills required of this position include:
Strategic thinking and a collaborative mindset.
Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
A strong working knowledge of state and federal laws and management policies related to rivers, water management, water conservation and energy development.
An ongoing understanding of local, state, regional and federal water politics and the ability to communicate with and/or educate public officials and elected leaders when necessary.
An ongoing understanding of the threats and challenges to Idaho’s rivers and streams and the ability to develop creative solutions.
Grassroots organizing skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers.
Work with the executive director, board conservation committee and conservation staff to develop conservation priorities in accordance with the direction provided by IRU’s strategic plan.
Lead the development of annual conservation work plans.
Supervise conservation staff and assist the executive director in annual performance evaluations.
Assist the executive director and development staff in fundraising and outreach activities.
Assist outreach staff with conservation messaging for electronic, print, event and website use.
Prioritize conservation staff workload based on funding requirements, staff skillsets and levels of threat.
Engage in high priority conservation projects.
Where possible, build and maintain relationships with state and federal congressionals and their staffs, state and federal agencies and tribes.
Coordinate IRU’s conservation program work with other conservation groups in Idaho and nationwide.
Represent IRU in a positive light in the press, and with members, volunteers and allied organizations.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Minimum of three years of river conservation, advocacy and outreach experience with a demonstrated passion for rivers and watershed conservation.
Collaborative team player with excellent written and oral communications skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe applications.
Experience with nonprofit fundraising and donor management.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, diverse tasks.
Ability to travel and work after normal business hours and on weekends.
Advanced degree or significant commensurate work experience required.
Benefits and Compensation:
Annual salary is competitive and benefits include employer-provided health and dental insurance and generous leave. IRU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, equity and inclusion.
Applications should include a resume, professional references, writing sample and cover letter addressed to: Kevin Lewis, Executive Director via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Conservation Director” as the subject line in your communication. Open until filled.