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Southwest Conservation Advocate 

About the Organization At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!  

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Southwest Conservation Advocate to join our team of attorneys, scientists and campaigners who are working to protect America's public lands, rivers and imperiled species in Arizona and New Mexico.

The Southwest Conservation Advocate will work closely with our Southwest team and other program staff. Multiple locations will be considered including Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

General position overview: The position will focus on achieving our goals of protecting and restoring rivers and riparian habitat in Arizona and New Mexico. Responsibilities include tracking potential threats, including livestock grazing, off road vehicles, proposed rulemakings, water diversions, mining proposals.

This position will support ecologically-based restoration projects that will benefit riparian and aquatic wildlife and ensure that Forest Service and BLM management plans prioritize riparian restoration. Strategies will include commenting on and analyzing federal plans, proposals and projects, conducting research to identify harm to rivers and species, working with coalitions to advance campaign goals, and working with the media to elevate these issues.

Working knowledge of relevant federal laws and regulations including Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Forest Management Act, Administrative Procedures Act, state water law and relevant New Mexico and Arizona environmental statutes. The position requires a dynamic, dedicated, organized, and self-motivated individual with experience in public lands and river advocacy and a willingness to travel and do field work.

Main duties:

  • Track, analyze and comment on harmful proposals including plan amendments/revisions and site-specific projects as appropriate.
  • Engage in administrative advocacy, such as commenting on proposed plans, projects, and rulemakings and the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
  • Conduct field visits to assess projects field-truth livestock grazing impacts on habitat and threatened and endangered species.
  • Design and oversight of citizen science riparian monitoring program.
  • Identify, develop and advocate for proposals to protect species and their habitats.
  • Participate in strategic planning, development and execution of campaign strategies.
  • Engage with federal and state agencies as appropriate.
  • Work with regional, local and national partners.
  • Work with scientists and other related experts.
  • Work with relevant Center staff to prepare external communications; deliver effective messages to the media; and give talks at relevant conferences.
  • Engage the public through action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders and land managers hear constituent voices in support of protecting rivers and riparian species on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application process: Please apply on our website by submitting a cover letter, a resume, references and a writing sample as a single document. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Requirements

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • At least 2 years of experience as a conservation advocate, or other relevant conservation experience.
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in relevant science fields. Master or doctoral degree preferred.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers.
  • Knowledge of federal laws relating to public lands and endangered species management and protection.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working on rivers and livestock grazing a plus.
  • General knowledge of water law a plus.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly get up to speed on biology of, and threats to southwest riparian areas, public lands and imperiled species.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • A strong work ethic and excellent time-management skills.
  • An identity as a self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, imperiled wildlife and waters.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the Southwest region.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Tucson, AZ  
Program(s) Public Lands  
Open Date 2/12/2020  
Keywords Administrative advocacy, public lands, endangered species, rivers, livestock grazing, conservation advocacy.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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