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Western Wildway Communications Specialist

Full Time
Salt Lake City, UT
$38,000-$43,000/year, dependent on experience
Applications due Jan 18

Position Summary

Wildlands Network seeks to hire a Communications Specialist to manage media relations and stakeholder outreach to advance Wildlands Network’s wildlife advocacy efforts, primarily in the Four Corners Region (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico). The specialist will be based out of Wildlands Network’s Salt Lake City office and overseen by the Western Program Director.

This position will support Western program and communications staff for the development and implementation of outreach and communications materials. The specialist will oversee the development and distribution of communications materials, including press releases, blog posts, fact sheets, digital media and creative media, to our members, the media, and organizational and government partners. The specialist will help plan and staff western program public outreach and donor relations events, including speaking to large groups about Wildlands Network’s objectives and activities. The specialist may also serve as liaison to regional coalitions and assist in the development of coalition communications strategy.

About Wildlands Network

Wildlands Network is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1991 by a group of visionary conservationists who were concerned that existing land protection efforts in North America would not sufficiently meet the needs of our continent’s tremendous biodiversity, particularly large, wide-roaming species like grizzly bears and wolves. Our mission is to reconnect, restore, and rewild North America so that life in all its diversity can thrive. We design and advocate for large-scale wildlife corridors, identify key places to install wildlife road crossings to help species navigate busy highways, and push for the return of top carnivores to ecosystems across the continent.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional experience in a communications strategy, advocacy, or public relations position.
  • Experience writing, editing, and disseminating press releases and other media relations materials, and overseeing proactive engagement with media outlets and reporters.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and multi-media communication skills; ability to give engaging and persuasive public presentations on relevant topics.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, social media platforms, and photo editing software.
  • Ability to work well with staff members and teams (including outside partners) remotely via email, conference calls, and video conferencing.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and juggle multiple projects.
  • Ability to travel occasionally within the region.
  • Interest in tracking and engaging in regional and national conversations about wildlife conservation on a daily basis.
  • Strong drive to use creativity and marketing skills to advance wildlife conservation.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of basic tenants of wildlife conservation and the political process.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree or certification in marketing, communications, or similar field.
  • Experience in conservation and/or wildlife advocacy.
  • Connections and relationships with regional media outlets and reporters.
  • Experience with graphic design software and projects.
  • Ability to create and edit film and video files.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for the position will be $38,000-43,000/year, depending on prior experience. Benefits include 4 weeks of paid vacation/year, in addition to 10 paid holidays per year. An additional 10 days of paid sick leave are available as needed, along with a generous 12-week family leave policy for major life events. Wildlands Network’s benefits package also includes health insurance coverage, opportunities for sabbatical after 5 years and self-funded retirement account access. Wildlands Network does not cover relocation expenses.

How to Apply

Applications due by Jan. 18. Please send resume and cover letter via email to Please include job title in the subject line of email. No phone calls.

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.