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Southern Appalachian Outreach Coordinator

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location North Carolina - 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 Southern Appalachian Outreach Coordinator provides full time support for local wildland designation campaigns by developing and implementing organizing and outreach strategies that broaden political support for protecting wildlands.  The Outreach Coordinator is a member of a dynamic, creative, and skilled team of TWS staff and key coalition partners working to achieve new wilderness and other conservation designations.
**This position is located in our Sylva, NC office. No relocation assistance provided.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities 
  • Through a variety of social media and outreach activities, build diverse grassroots support for wilderness and other special designations through the North Carolina Forest Management Plan revision process. 
  • Conduct outreach to engage the general public during the forest plan revision process for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest.
  • Coordinate with Forest Service staff, trail clubs working in the southern Appalachians in TN and NC and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards to identify and provide solutions to wilderness trail and stewardship issues that tie to long term campaign strategies. 
  • Provide updated materials, relevant information on wilderness campaigns and related issues to TWS communications efforts in a wide variety of social media.
  • Monitor and assist with establishing Land and Water Conservation Fund priorities for TWS focal landscape. 
  • Educate and help local partners to carry strategic messages about shared campaign priorities.
  • Support designation campaign efforts in the southeast through development of volunteer programs that help foster a community of advocates.
  • Work to develop new relationships with recreation groups as well as young and diverse partners to better connect them to campaigns to protect the Southern Appalachian landscape.
  • Build public awareness of TWS priority conservation areas by leading outings for TWS members and the general public. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Competencies, and Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required; additional education and/or work experience in public lands or natural resources issues is a plus.
  • Minimum 1-3 years of outreach and organizing experience, preferably in the environmental field.
  • Familiarity with the western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee region, its people and their values.
  • Strong social media, writing, editing and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make clear presentations to varying audiences.
  • Ability to work constructively with a wide range of interests including rural community leaders, industrial forestry interests, hunters, anglers, tribal leaders, local elected officials, local, state, and federal land managers and conservation organizations.
  • Ability to travel frequently and work a flexible schedule when needed.
  • Ability to lead physically demanding outings and hikes into remote locations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. 
Desired Characteristics
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a proven ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines and work independently.
  • Integrity, trustworthiness, tact, and discretion.
  • Passion for wilderness and land conservation. 
The Wilderness Society offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; and a pension plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
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