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Carnivore Coexistence Advocate


Salary Range: $62,000 to $68,000

Location: Missoula, MT preferred, or Denver, CO

Deadline for Applications: Reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on February 25, 2022.

Are you a guardian for persecuted carnivores across the Western US? 

WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) seeks a full-time Carnivore Coexistence Advocate (Advocate) to lead our efforts to protect native carnivores (think wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions, oh my) on federal public lands. For far too long, and as an accepted practice, carnivores have been killed to make way for livestock on public lands. This “management” of wildlife-livestock conflicts is, at times, conducted even before any such conflicts occur. We believe that native carnivores have an inherent right to exist in the wild and that the federal government has an obligation to protect and ensure habitat for these species. The Advocate will be at the front line of the effort to get federal land management agencies – namely, the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management – to ban the use of cruel and indiscriminate tools on lands they manage as well as to enact regulations for mandatory non-lethal management practices for wildlife-livestock conflicts. The Advocate will also be responsible for identifying and engaging in high-profile livestock-wildlife conflicts in the Northern Rockies and for developing strategies that leverage these examples as a catalyst for change.


About WildEarth Guardians

Guardians is a west-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with offices in Denver, CO, Missoula, MT, Seattle, WA, Tucson, AZ, and Portland, OR. With over 30 years of history of bold environmental action, we wage innovative legal, political, and grassroots campaigns to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and community health in the American West.

The Wildlife Program advocates for the intrinsic right of native species to thrive across the West, for biodiversity, for stronger protections for imperiled species and their habitat, and for coexistence between native species and human interests. We work at the state and federal level to eliminate cruel and indiscriminate killing tools as well as to implement systemic change to ensure that wildlife is protected according to the best available science and respected according to a 21st century ethic of coexistence.


Position Summary

The Carnivore Coexistence Advocate works closely with the Wildlife Program Director to protect native carnivores from harmful wildlife management practices at the federal level. The Advocate will work towards building campaigns to urge federal land management agencies – the US Forest Service (“Forest Service) and the Bureau of Land Management (the “Bureau”) – to adopt practices that recognize their authority to manage wildlife-livestock conflicts on their land through non lethal techniques. Additionally, the Advocate will work on campaigns within our “End the War on Wildlife” initiative focused on federal bans of cruel wildlife management practices (i.e. wildlife killing contests, the use sodium cyanide bombs, etc.), as well as reining in the federal wildlife killing program, the USDA’s Wildlife Services

As public lands grazing is at the root of much wildlife-livestock conflict in the West, the Advocate will focus on high-profile areas of conflict between native carnivores and livestock to illustrate the problem, with a particular focus on wolf and grizzly bear conflicts in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The Advocate will communicate about harmful state laws and regulations to demonstrate why reforms at the federal agency levels are necessary for wildlife protection. The Advocate will work with staff in Guardians’ Wild Places program on grazing issues with a specific lens toward how public lands’ grazing harms native carnivores.

The position is supervised by the Wildlife Program Director.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Research locations with conflicts between livestock and native carnivores (i.e. wolves, grizzly bears, mountain lions, etc.) on federally-managed public land to highlight need for federal reform;
  • Monitor and communicate about harmful wildlife management laws and regulations in key Northern Rockies locations to illustrate the need for federal action;
  • Work with Guardians staff and/or coalition partners to provide comments on proposed actions on federal land (i.e. draft forest plans, resource management plans, etc.) where wildlife-livestock conflicts are likely;
  • Develop multi-prong advocacy strategies to engage at multiple grass-tops and grassroots levels to advance coexistence reform within federal agencies;
  • Engage in coalition to reform and curtail lethal management practices of USDA’s Wildlife Services, the federal government’s wildlife killing program;
  • Develop and sustain relationships with key political officials and agency staff in order to advance coexistence strategies;
  • Work with attorneys and other staff to develop and propose new legal advocacy to curtail lethal management practices on federal public land;
  • Draft communications – such as action alert emails, press releases, blog posts, Op/Eds etc. – in support of “End the War on Wildlife” initiative.


Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • A minimum of three years of experience working in wildlife protection, conservation advocacy, federal land management policy-making, or a related field;
  • Passion for protecting wildlife across the American West;
  • Knowledge of federal administrative processes and rulemaking under the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act;
  • Experience working with federal agencies at the national and/or regional level(s);
  • Strong attention to detail, problem solving, and trouble-shooting skills;
  • Experience and skill in building and sustaining relationships in coalitions with diverse stakeholders;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Analytical, strategic mind and ability to prioritize in a world full of problems, winnow out distractions, recognize and act on opportunities, and anticipate potential future consequences.

Additional preferred skills include, but are not limited to: 

  • Degree in biology, wildlife studies, law and policy, or a related field;
  • Experience planning and executing a strategic campaign with concrete outcomes;
  • Knowledge of state, regional and national wildlife policy and politics;
  • Experience working on grazing issues at the state or federal level;
  • Comfort using social media platforms.


Compensation and Benefits

WildEarth Guardians offers a friendly and flexible, team-based environment with an excellent benefits package. You have flexibility to select benefits based on your personal preferences, your family situation, and/or your financial objectives. Benefits include full health, vision, dental, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan with a 3% match, paid and unpaid health and family leave, a sabbatical policy, sick leave, three weeks paid vacation to start, and fourteen holidays including your birthday. Salary is negotiable within the identified range based on experience.


To Apply

Apply for the position by clicking on the “submit your application” below. Cover letters should communicate the applicant’s heartfelt commitment to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. Applicants are encouraged to tell us who they are as human beings, and why they care about this work and are interested in this position. We will have this position posted until filled but encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible due to our desire to fill this position quickly.

Please respect our anonymous hiring process, and apply via the web portal rather than contacting Guardians staff. We will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

WildEarth Guardians is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We especially encourage applications from persons of color, women and LGBTQ+ candidates.


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