Western Watersheds Project seeks an Idaho Director to continue and expand upon WWP’s campaign to protect and restore public lands and wildlife in Idaho, with an emphasis on livestock grazing and its related environmental problems. The position will entail administrative and legal oversight of federal decisions, fieldwork, data collection and analysis, participation in agency planning processes, media outreach and legislative advocacy. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, be able to synthesize and understand ecological and biological concepts, and have strong written and oral communication skills.
- Coordinate and develop WWP’s public lands and wildlife protection efforts in Idaho and work with current staff on existing projects and threats posed by domestic cattle and sheep grazing on public lands across the West;
- Submit public comments and appeals of environmentally harmful agency decisions;
- Engage in discussions with the Forest Service and BLM about how to protect public lands from domestic livestock, including the use of grazing permit retirement;
- Visit public lands grazing allotments, documenting habitat conditions and management concerns, and communicate these findings to land and wildlife management agencies.
- Work with WWP’s Policy Director to pursue legislative options specific to livestock grazing and predator defense issues;
- Participate in public outreach including press releases, op-eds, position statements, newsletter articles, and blog posts;
- Meet with public lands livestock grazing permittees to discuss options for conflict reduction;
- Attend trainings, conferences, and workshops as directed;
- Comply with WWP’s policies, including commitments towards progress in the realms of diversity, equity, and social justice;
- Work with legal counsel to develop priority litigation; and
- Collect and track research documenting the impacts of livestock on public lands, and utilize a variety of tools to determine focal areas for protection emphasis.
- Desire to make a difference in protecting native species from livestock grazing impacts on public lands;
- Educational background in science, law, or policy and/or advocacy experience;
- Affinity for and knowledge of remote and rugged areas in the West;
- Willingness to travel and camp alone in field sites;
- Highly organized and able to use GIS software, mapping tools, and basic database software;
- Strong oral and written communications skills;
- Able to take direction and work as part of a team;
- Self-directed and accountable;
- Candidate must reside in or be willing to relocate to southern Idaho.
Western Watersheds Project offers an annual salary of $73,491 and competitive benefits package, including health insurance benefits, family leave, and retirement contributions. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and a willingness to bring their perspectives to the work and the organization.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably administrative or legal comments, protests or appeal) and 3 references in a single .pdf file by February 17th, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position open until filled.
Students and other interested professionals should consider internship opportunities with Western Watersheds Project. Interns gain unique experience with a variety of conservation issues and activities including opportunity to be involved monitoring public lands and wildlife habitat, engaging various administrative efforts, learning about environmental legal programs, and a variety of other efforts. More often-than-not, interns are encouraged to identify particular disciplines/passions of interest and are given the guidance and tools necessary to make a positive difference on the ground themselves !
Western Watersheds Project welcomes the support of active members and volunteers who are ready to engage public land and wildlife management agencies and insist on protection and restoration of western watersheds and wildlife.
Much of Western Watersheds Project’s success is attributable to our active membership and volunteers. Often, it is a member or volunteer who brings to Western Watersheds Project’s attention a problem or issue with public land and wildlife management. Similarly, it is often a member or volunteer who is in the best position to help.
If you are interested or concerned about a problem with livestock grazing on public lands in your area, contact Western Watersheds Project to learn more about what you can do to help.