Job Title: Utah Forest Program Associate
Location: Southern Utah
Position: 30 hours per week
Supervisor: Utah Forest Program Director
Salary Range: $30,000 – $37,000 plus benefits
The Utah Forest Program Associate works closely with the Utah Forest Program Director and other Grand Canyon Trust (“Trust”) staff to develop and implement Utahforest projects identified in the Trust’s strategic plan and annual work plans. The Utah Forests Program undertakes field monitoring linked to policy initiatives with the goal of advancing science-based restoration and conservation on the three national forests of southern and central Utah(Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal NFs). One major program focus is reform of livestock/wild ungulate management on the three forests and the Utah Forest Program relies heavily on multi-stakeholder collaborations for this. The Utah Forest Program coordinates with state, regional and national conservation organizations and seeks to maintain professional, respectful relationships with the U. S. Forest Service, other government agencies, and national forest users.
The potential exists for the position to be increased to full time, dependent on funding.
- Management (particularly livestock management) of southern Utah’s three Colorado Plateau national forests (Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal) is significantly altered to better retain and restore the forests’ native species and natural systems under climate change.
- Local, state, and national communities are engaged in protecting these three forests.
Duties and Responsibilities
Project Design, Management, and Implementation
- Work closely with the Utah Forests Program Director to conceive, develop, and implement conservation projects on the three National Forests in south/centralUtah.
- Develop field monitoring strategies that are grounded in science and can be implemented using data collected by trained volunteers.
- Work with the Utah Forests Volunteer Program to plan volunteer field trips and supervise quality data collection.
- Analyze field data, prepare compelling reports based on the field data to bolster Trust proposals for science-based land management, support the proposals with citations from scientific literature as appropriate, and actively reach out to the scientific/conservation community.
- Work with other conservation organizations to develop alternatives for management in projects and plans on the three forests.
- Participate in public and private meetings as a strong but respectful advocate for the Trust’s position on the issues at hand.
- Undertake other tasks assigned by the Utah Forest Program Director or the Executive Director.
- Assist in fundraising for Utah Forest Programs as directed by the Utah Forest Program Director or the Trust’s Executive Director. This includes preparation of proposals to foundations, individuals, and corporations, reporting on the use of grant funds received, and other fundraising tasks.
- At the request of the Utah Forest Program Director, provide updates to the Trust about the program; write Advocate and other Trust-generated articles; assist in keeping the Utah Forests Program’s website updated; communicate as needed with all relevant partners and colleagues; work with public media; give public presentations as needed; and participate in outreach and education efforts.
- Three or more years non-governmental experience in conservation and/or public lands advocacy
- Demonstrated writing, negotiating, and speaking skills
- High motivation, problem-solving skills, and willingness to work in a single-person workplace
- A graduate degree in a conservation-related scientific discipline
- Quantitative field monitoring or research experience
- Ability to work constructively with a wide variety of constituents; members; volunteers; the general public; federal, state, tribal, and local government officials; and private sector representatives
- Willingness to camp during field work and travel widely throughout south and central Utah, often on rough forest roads
- Creative ability and an aptitude for innovation and creative strategic thinking
- Good time management and organizational skills, including the ability to focus on a few high-priority projects and keep them moving forward simultaneously and on schedule
- Enthusiasm, energy and a high level of commitment, including a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done by traveling, and working weekends and/or evenings when necessary
- Sense of humor and ability to be effective in potentially adversarial situations
To apply: Send résumé and cover letter to Adrianne Sanchez: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Adrianne Sanchez, Grand Canyon Trust, 2601 N. Ft. Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
For more information: Mary O’Brien, Utah Forest Program Manager, email@example.com or 435.259-6205.
Deadline: Applications are welcome until the position is filled.
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