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California Desert Public Lands Representative- Full Time

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Wilderness Society
Contact Name HR
Website Further Details / Applications
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The Wilderness Society (TWS), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places, is seeking an experienced full-time California Desert Public Lands Representative to join its Conservation team in California.  This position is currently a two-year term limited position but could shift to a full-time regular position depending on the organization’s needs and funding. 
Reporting to the Senior Director, Pacific Region, and working in close coordination with TWS’ Agency Policy and Planning staff, the California Desert Public Lands Representative is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies aimed at securing additional administrative protections for public lands in the California Desert region and advancing TWS’ goals in the development of management plans for newly designated national monuments.
This position will be critical to supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust, accountability to shared goals and outcomes, and which is campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, adaptive, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization.  This individual will integrate these priorities throughout our work in the California desert region.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Acts as a lead member of TWS’ California desert team, working closely with the Senior Director, Agency Planning and Policy staff, and other Wilderness Society staff in developing and implementing strategies to promote land conservation.
  • Establishes and builds relationships with key staff of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior, and Congressional offices.
  • Develops written comments regarding the development of management plans for the newly designated national monuments and reinforces those comments through meetings with BLM staff and building support with TWS members and politically important stakeholders.
  • Works to advance an administrative mineral withdrawal for National Conservation Lands recently designated through the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and otherwise ensures their protection, as well as the conservation of other wildland resources, as the plan is implemented.
  • Serves as spokesperson for TWS on CA Desert issues with the media as appropriate.
  • Provides leadership for coalition partners in public land planning and advocacy.
  • Works interdependently with colleagues and partners to leverage organizational expertise and institutional resources.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Ideally, the candidate will have experience in Bureau of Land Management policy, engagement in agency planning processes, and advocacy but other work experience that utilizes similar skills is acceptable.  The Representative must have outstanding communication skills, the ability to work well with diverse interests in a coalition setting, a proven record of leadership, and a love of wild places. 
Experience, Competencies, and Education
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge of public lands issues and Bureau of Land Management policy is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to achieve goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing, and speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively with diverse constituencies and in coalitions.
Desired Characteristics
  • An enthusiastic, highly motivated, self-starter with demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Campaign oriented, nimble, innovative, adaptive, and transparent.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and perform occasional evening or weekend work.
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