Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is a North American nonprofit organization with chapters throughout Canada and the United States. BHA seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of our wild public lands, waters, and wildlife.
Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places that offer solitude and challenge to rekindle the fire at the heart of the human soul. BHA is a nonpartisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for these places and for the outdoor access opportunities they represent. We are North America’s leading hunting and angling conservation organization dedicated to our public lands legacy and the waters, wildlife and traditions they sustain.
We are seeking an individual with the talent, passion and initiative to promote BHA’s mission and to collaborate with state and federal land management agencies on organization and implementation of our fish and wildlife habitat conservation work. The Habitat Stewardship Coordinator will work directly with BHA field staff, volunteers and partners to advance meaningful fish and wildlife habitat conservation and restoration work on public lands and waters. This national BHA staff member will work under supervision of the of the BHA CO-WY Coordinator & Programs Manager.
The ideal candidate will work with a high level of autonomy and be flexible and organized in a fast-paced work environment. They will be able to quickly analyze and solve problems, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, assist with public land stewardship fundraising efforts, prepare professional reports that accurately document activities, adhere to standards of confidentiality and communicate effectively. The successful candidate will represent BHA with integrity and champion the mission and values in all facets of their work.
The Habitat Stewardship Coordinator will engage in the following:
- Work in coordination with BHA field staff to inspire, mobilize and support volunteers to assist with the implementation of grant and partner-funded public land and water stewardship projects.
- Organize and recruit volunteers and partners to participate in field days.
- Promote the people and places impacted through stewardship work with traditional media outreach strategies and through BHA’s digital media platforms.
- Write grant proposals and assist in other fundraising efforts to build BHA’s stewardship work across the U.S.
- Oversee management of stewardship grant deliverables, budget and reporting.
- Develop and deliver stewardship volunteer trainings nationwide.
- Support BHA involvement and comment writing on public land management planning processes and NEPA processes, as directed by supervisory staff.
- Oversee management of stewardship contractors, as needed.
- Ensure volunteer safety and compliance with BHA and land management agencies policies and procedures.
- In coordination with other staff and chapter leaders, build new partnerships with state and federal agencies and other non-profit organizations.
- Perform other duties assigned by supervisory staff.
- Preferably a hunter and/or angler.
- Willing to work flexible hours and travel across the region up to 50% of the time, including periodic extended travel to project sites.
- Previous experience with a public land management agency and/or with nonprofit volunteer management is strongly preferred.
- Proven understanding of state and federal land management agency planning and project management processes.
- Previous experience securing and managing grant funding for stewardship work preferred.
- Previous experience managing contracts preferred but not required.
- Previous experience with NEPA.
- Must conduct work with integrity, good humor and a focus on developing partnerships, building trust and maintaining strong professional relationships.
- B.S. in natural resources or wildlife-related degree preferred.
- Minimum of three years relevant experience required.
- Must demonstrate the ability to work with and interact with sportsmen and women and have a general knowledge of current and historical conservation issues, economics and the current political landscape.
- Must be an innovative and resourceful self-starter who can work with minimal supervision.
- Must believe in and demonstrate a commitment to BHA’s work and mission (please address in cover letter).
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds and have a valid driver’s license.
BHA offers a stimulating and fun work environment, health insurance and a generous leave package including annual time off for backcountry hunting/fishing, and discounts with BHA corporate partners.
Starting Salary: Salary depending on experience; position is limited to a one-year term, with the opportunity for extension, dependent upon funding.
Location: Preference will be given to applicants in, or close to, Western Colorado
Application: To apply send cover letter and resume to the hiring committee at [email protected] with the subject line “Habitat Stewardship Coordinator”
Applicants will be accepted through May 13th or until the position is filled. Interviews will be held in May with the goal of job placement in June.
Please attach your cover letter and resume as one pdf document. The application cover letter should outline both your interest in and qualifications for this position.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.