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Wildlife Policy Coordinator

Full Time
Santa Fe, NM
$45,000-50,000/year, dependent on experience
Applications due Jan 18

Position Summary

Wildlands Network seeks to hire a Wildlife Policy Coordinator to manage and drive outreach and advocacy to advance Wildlands Network’s wildlife protection efforts in the Southwest, with a primary focus on New Mexico. The specialist will be based out of Santa Fe and overseen by Wildlands Network’s Western Program Director (based in Salt Lake City, UT). This position will aim to capitalize on and harness growing support for wildlife management reform and protection of wildlife corridors in New Mexico and surrounding states.

This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of campaign strategy to advance Wildlands Network’s wildlife conservation goals in New Mexico. The coordinator will be tasked with assisting in the development of substantive policy frameworks for wildlife conservation in New Mexico, building diverse coalitions, working on specific wildlife-related projects with agency officials, and meeting with decision makers at all levels of state government, among other tasks. The coordinator will serve as primary liaison to New Mexico state government entities and personnel, New Mexico’s federal congressional delegation, relevant federal wildlife and public lands agency staff, other individual and NGO stakeholders, and partner coalitions. Sporadic travel will be required.

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 were not going to be sufficient to 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

  • 2-3 years professional experience in advocacy or policy, preferably in New Mexico.
  • Understanding of western political landscape, legislative processes and government operations.
  • High-level written and verbal communications skills, ability to give engaging and persuasive presentations on relevant topics.
  • Ability to work well with staff members and teams (including outside partners) in-person and remotely via email, conference calls and video conferencing.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and juggle multiple projects.
  • Calm demeanor and ability to respectfully engage with people across the political spectrum.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of basic tenants of wildlife conservation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree or certification in law, policy, political science and/or environmental studies, wildlife management, biology or related fields.
  • Professional experience in conservation and/or wildlife advocacy.
  • Experience in media relations.
  • Working knowledge of New Mexico landscapes and wildlife.
  • Ability to speak/understand conversational Spanish.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for the position will be $45,000-50,000/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.