Position Title: Alaska Program Director
Location: Alaska
Position reports to: Senior Director of Programs


A national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, Bozeman, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Washington, D.C., the Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction, specifically the 36 million acres of protected public lands, rivers and trails that make up America’s National Conservation Lands.

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. 


The Alaska Program Director will work with Conservation Lands Foundation staff and board members to advance our conservation priorities in the Western Arctic, seek opportunities for expanding our program work, and play a leadership role within a coalition of state and national conservation organizations to achieve mutual goals in the western Arctic. In addition, the Alaska Program Director will raise awareness of BLM’s conservation responsibilities in Alaska and build broad public support for protection of the Western Arctic’s Special Areas.


  • Work with CLF staff, board members and state and national coalition partners to develop and implement strategies for achieving conservation goals on BLM lands in Alaska.
  • Play a leadership role within the coalition of state and national conservation organizations who engage in the Western Arctic.
  • Engage key decision makers in-state and nationally to ensure protections in the western arctic are upheld and expanded.
  • Develop communication materials – which may include: fact sheets, opinion articles, letters to the editors, blog posts, press releases, etc. – that advocate for Alaska Program goals.
  • Engage editorial boards, reporters and other members of the media in the effort to both achieve earned media support Alaska Program goals and to educate key individuals about the ecological importance of BLM managed lands in Alaska.
  • Identify opportunities to partner with sportsmen, scientists and the Alaskan Native community to promote and achieve Alaska Program goals.
  • Develop relationships and engage existing and prospective major donors and foundations in support of the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Alaska Program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 7 years experience with demonstrated success in developing and executing campaigns.
  • Understanding of Alaska public lands issues and politics.
  • Commitment to the Conservation Lands Foundation’s mission of public land conservation.
  • Highly motivated self-starter who can manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently in a field office and in teams with staff and coalition partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working with both traditional and new media (including social media).
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Ability to travel within Alaska, to Washington, D.C. and Durango, CO and some weekend or evening responsibilities.

Salary range based on qualifications.
Benefits include generous vacation and sick time; 401(k) plan; health/dental/vision insurance; health and dependent care Flex Spending program.

To Apply: 
Send a cover letter and resume to alaskadirector@conservationlands.org. 
No phone calls, please.

The Conservation Lands Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.
This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Posted by Dave Welz in Job Announcement, Western Arctic
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