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 skills.
- 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 lobby 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 email@example.com. Please include “Conservation Director” as the subject line in your communication. Open until filled.