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Wildlands Network is a lean organization with a bold mission—and a passionate team of staff, consultants, and volunteers striving to rewild North America. We are currently hiring for two  positions: GIS Specialist and California Project Manager

Wildlands Network’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, citizenship status, religion, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Position title: GIS Specialist

Organizational Overview

Wildlands Network is a growing non-profit organization that is committed to reconnecting, restoring and rewilding North America so that life in all its diversity can thrive. We have staff in the United States and Mexico working with NGO partners, landowners, elected officials and government agencies to protect, maintain and restore wildlife habitat and movement corridors. Wildlands Network is committed to recruiting, training and retaining talented, diverse and creative staff who are passionate about fulfilling our mission.

We were one of the first groups to tackle the challenge of mapping out habitat connectivity priorities for large landscapes, beginning with our Wildlands Network Designs in the 1990s and early 2000s. Since that time we have maintained our mission and our leadership focused on reconnecting nature across North America. We recently completed the first iteration of our most ambitious mapping product to date, a visionary GIS-based depiction of the entire Eastern Wildway, a network of connected lands stretching from Florida to Quebec. We anticipate continuing to map out the rest of the continent at this robust scale, while also attending to finer-resolution GIS projects in various regions.

Position Summary

This role will serve as the lead GIS specialist within the organization and will be supervised by the Chief Scientist. Duties include:

1. Preparing professional, high-quality maps (print and online) for various advocacy, outreach, and development purposes, and developing a consistent and recognizable mapping style for the organization to use. Managing a work-flow of mapping requests submitted by various colleagues across the organization.

2. Assisting with geospatial analyses, wildlife corridor mapping and other GIS-based science work.

3. Keeping yourself and other Wildlands Network staff up-to-date on the latest developments and opportunities in the conservation GIS field.

4. Managing existing and future Wildlands Network spatial data, improving access to this data both within and external to the organization, and maintaining and updating relevant base data layers from other sources.

Desired Qualifications and Traits

1. A Master’s Degree (or higher) in an environment- or wildlife-related field, with a concentration/certification in GIS techniques is preferred. Candidates with an undergraduate
degree in a suitable field and 2-3 years experience working as a GIS professional will also be considered.

2. Advanced cartography skills and the artistic sense needed to quickly and efficiently prepare professional-looking maps on demand.

3. Strong familiarity with landscape ecology and the principles and techniques of geospatial analysis.

4. Passion for saving wildlife and wild places across North America.

5. Ability to work as a collegial and friendly team player, partnering with remote colleagues in other states and other countries (including Mexico and Canada).

6. Ability to meet deadlines, set priorities, and work independently to complete objectives

7. Advanced and up-to-date skills with ESRI’s ArcGIS software, including programming/modeling and publishing interactive maps online.

8. Fluency in English, and strong writing ability. Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required. 9. Excellent organizational and archival skills.

Benefits: Generous paid vacation, sick, family leave and sabbatical policies; employer- sponsored health and dental coverage; 10K life insurance policy; access to retirement account; support for ongoing professional development. Wildlands Network is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary: $50-$60k/year, commensurate with experience and qualifications

Location: Durham, NC

Job Type: Full-time, exempt

How to Apply: Please send a resume (or CV), a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications, digital copies of 2-3 sample GIS maps that you have personally created, proof of any professional or academic GIS certifications you have received, a list of relevant GIS coursework you have completed, and any reports or theses documenting your geospatial analysis skills to: Dr. Ron Sutherland, Chief Scientist at ron@wildlandsnetwork.org (no phone calls please). Please put “GIS Specialist” in the subject line of your email—failure to do so will likely result in your application not being considered.

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Position title: California Project Manager

Organizational Overview

Wildlands Network is a growing non-profit organization that is committed to reconnecting, restoring and rewilding North America so that life—in all its diversity—can thrive. We have staff in the United States and Mexico working with NGO partners, landowners, elected officials and government agencies to protect, maintain and restore wildlife habitat and movement corridors.

Wildlands Network is committed to recruiting, training and retaining talented, diverse and creative staff who are passionate about fulfilling our mission.

Position Summary

Wildlands Network seeks a California Project Manager with a strong desire to provide outstanding project management skills to advance our work in California and our Pacific Program more broadly.

The California Project Manager will report to and work collaboratively with our Pacific Program Director.  Working directly with our Pacific Program Director and our Conservation Director, the selected candidate will be responsible for helping develop and implement the strategic direction for Wildlands Network’s California program. This involves supporting our campaigns through development and maintenance of strategic partnerships, communications, fundraising, stewardship, and other organizational functions as necessary.

The California Project Manager will work collaboratively with our small, but dedicated and passionate Wildlands Network team across the U.S. and Mexico. They will need to be comfortable working from a home environment and utilizing technology and other tools to communicate effectively with other team members.

This position will also require outstanding relationship skills, crucial conversation skills, leadership knowledge, and a deep understanding of conservation strategy in both rural and urban California settings including grass roots organizing, citizen actions, and political organizing. The successful candidate will be someone who brings strong organizational skills, a collaborative and team-oriented mindset, strategic thinking and a passion for science lead policy and campaigns.

The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Project Management (65%):

  • Providing strategic feedback on the development and implementation of California projects
  • Collaborate with Pacific Program Director and Conservation Director to ensure that the California campaigns and stewardship activities are strategically aligned with our Program goals
  • Manage and lead our efforts in California policy and land use initiatives
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive relationships with local, state and federal agencies, tribes, other non-profits, community organizations, and others.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for a broad range of issues in California

Fundraising and Communications (25%)

  • Work closely with Program Director, Communications Manager  and Campaign Communications Specialist to implement strategic communications
  • Create content for Wildlands Network’s blog, California action alert e-mails, California specific social media posts
  • Create one pagers or other strategic communications material with oversight from our Communication Manager that can be utilized by our partners and others to advance our work
  • Work with our Program Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer on funding needs for the California Program

Administration and other tasks (10%):

  • Work collaboratively with Program Director and Chief Development Officer on meeting the fundraising goals of the CA program.
  • Participate on the identification, cultivation and stewardship of individual and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Engage in other Wildlands Network activities as required

Other information:

This job will require travel for events, meetings with partners, donor relationships, and other needs. The candidate will also need to travel out of state several times a year for Wildlands Network organization-wide meetings.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters or J.D. preferred
  • At least three – five years of demonstrated success in conservation program work
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and meet multiple deadlines
  • Deep, substantive knowledge of policy issues
  • Substantial knowledge of and experience with the CA state legislative process
  • Substantial knowledge of and experience in achieving campaign goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Ability to analyze, understand and translate complex scientific, legal and policy matters for advocacy purposes

Benefits: Generous paid vacation, sick, family leave and sabbatical policies; employer-sponsored health and dental coverage; 10K life insurance policy; access to retirement account; support for ongoing professional development.

Wildlands Network is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary

$55,000/year

Location

Sacramento, CA. Other locations in California may be considered.

Job Type

Full-time, exempt

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Jessica Walz Schafer at Jessica@wildlandsnetwork.org.