August 11, 2014


The Conservation Lands Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team.  The Conservation Associate will work with Conservation Lands Foundation staff and diverse partners to advance efforts to expand the National Conservation Lands through legislative or executive designations. Through grassroots organizing, strategic communications, legislative and administrative advocacy, the Associate will work to secure permanent protection for the West’s most important public lands and to preserve the President’s authority under the Antiquities Act to protect important federal lands.

Please see the job description below for more information.


Position Title: Conservation Associate

Position Location: Durango, CO

Closing Date: September 8, 2014



The Conservation Lands Foundation is a national non‐profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Reno, Anchorage and Washington, DC. 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 28 million acres of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, National Scenic and Historic Trails and 2,400 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers that make up our National Conservation Lands.

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to safeguarding the ecological and cultural integrity of the 28 million acres of National Conservation Lands.



  • Work with key CLF staff, local, and national partners to develop and implement strategies to secure permanent protection for the West’s most important public lands, including those with unique cultural, historic and natural values.
  • Participate with the coalition of local and national organizations to ensure the Antiquities Act is defended from Congressional attack.
  • Support local place-based campaigns with grassroots outreach, communications assistance, background research, and strategic guidance.
  • Develop communication materials – which may include: fact sheets, talking points, opinion articles, letters to the editor, blog posts, press releases, etc. – that advocate for place-based or national campaign goals.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to partner with tribes, sportsmen, business owners, scientists and other diverse allies to promote and achieve campaign goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 



  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Commitment to the Conservation Lands Foundation’s mission of public land conservation.
  • Understanding of public lands conservation issues and trends.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse individuals and groups to achieve results.
  • Experience or interest in working with both traditional and new media (including social media).
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter who can handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to travel to Washington, DC, and to various field sites is required. Some weekend or evening responsibilities anticipated.

Position Reports to: National Monument Campaign Director

Salary range is $40,000 ‐ $45,000 based on experience with an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance and a 401k plan. The Conservation Lands Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of 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.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Conservation Associate” to ryan@conservationlands.org. No phone calls please.

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