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Pacific Northwest Conservation Advocate


The review process has started and no more applications will be accepted at this time. If you submitted your application to this position, thank you.

Salary Range: $56,000 – $65,000

Location: Pacific Northwest, with Portland or Seattle areas preferred

Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2022

WildEarth Guardians is seeking a full-time advocate in our Wild Places Program to lead Guardians’ regional efforts to protect and restore lands, waters, and wildlife and fish habitat on national forests in Oregon, Washington, and northern California from the impacts of forest roads and decades of exploitation and mismanagement. The PNW Conservation Advocate is responsible for tracking, commenting on, and building cases to challenge National Forest projects and plans to advance Guardians’ ReWilding Initiative and Wild Places Program goals. Part of this work will include integrating the concept of “Forest Wisdom” (as related to new science around mycorrhizal networks in forests, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and beliefs long held by Indigenous Peoples) in advocating for forest protection on Forest Service lands.

Additionally, the PNW Advocate will lead Guardians advocacy for the Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) program at local, regional, and national levels. This includes participating in partnerships, advocating for congressional funding, communicating with offices of elected officials, and tracking LRT funding implementation. The Pacific Northwest Conservation Advocate will also develop and maintain relationships with Tribal Nations impacted by actions on National Forest lands and promote the incorporation of indigenous perspectives into land management perspectives through improved government-to-government relations.

The PNW Conservation Advocate will report to the Public Lands Attorney and work closely with the Wild Places Team, Wild Places Program Director, Wild Places Staff Attorney, and ReWilding Manager, as well external partners to implement existing and develop new strategies that advance the ReWilding Initiative’s and Wild Places Program’s goals and objectives in support of Guardians’ overall mission

About WildEarth Guardians

WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) is a highly-effective west-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with offices in Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Boise, ID; Seattle, WA; and Tucson, AZ. With a 33-year 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.

WildEarth Guardians’ ReWilding Initiative uses advocacy, education, and the effective use of the law to restore wilderness to public lands scarred by decades of exploitation and mismanagement, and to reconnect wildlife habitat and waterways across the American West. Our goal is to protect the wildlands and waters on the more than 300 million acres of federal public lands in the American West, with an eye towards rewilding fragmented and degraded landscapes, and protecting habitat for priority wildlife species.

Position Summary

The PNW Conservation Advocate will:

  • Advocate for improved ecological integrity of the nation’s National Forests, the protection and restoration of fish & wildlife habitat and habitat connectivity, improved forest road and travel management, and creation of climate change refugia through engagement on proposed projects on US Forest Service (FS) lands in Oregon, Washington, and northern California.
  • Advocate for continued and increased funding for Legacy Roads and Trails; ensure that implementation of LRT funds results in true ecological restoration that benefits endangered, threatened, or otherwise imperiled species.
  • Ensure the FS adequately protects old-growth forests and habitat for priority imperiled species like the Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout by:
    • Identifying, reviewing, tracking, and engaging in project-level NEPA processes
    • IEngaging in Forest Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan processes in parts of FS Region 5 and Region 6
  • Learn about and promote Tribal efforts to restore wild salmon populations by supporting activities in the Green/White River watersheds (Puyallup, Muckleshoot and Tulalip Tribes) and Willamette basin (Grande Ronde, Warm Springs Tribes) to foster relationships, develop and share communications about treaty rights and restoration work with partners and Guardians supporters, and advocate for tribal interests when aligned with Guardians’ objectives.
  • Support the Wild Places Program, organization, and other staff members as needed on communications, events, fundraising, committees, and other efforts to advance Guardians’ interests and improve workplace productivity and effectiveness.
  • Learn,practice and seek opportunities to advance Guardians’ diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion initiatives.

The position is supervised by the Public Lands Attorney who is based in Seattle, WA.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Project and Forest Plan Advocacy (45%)
  • Legacy Roads and Trails (35%)
  • Tribal Engagement (10%)
  • Administration & Organizational Support (10%)

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • A 4-year college degree or equivalent skills and knowledge developed through professional or life experience.
  • Established background and familiarity with laws and policies related to the environment, and/or public lands.
  • Knowledge of, and some experience with, Forest Service planning processes and project engagement and demonstrated technical writing experience.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including strong relational skills (including ability to connect with and build coalitions with diverse stakeholders) and demonstrated experience in public outreach.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring wild places and wildlife habitat of the Pacific Northwest of the US.
  • Commitment to creating a new paradigm for forest management, combating climate change, and restoring ecological processes and habitat for imperiled wildlife.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.

Additional preferred skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Two years or more of professional experience in related fields.
  • Familiarity with Legacy Roads and Trails issues and policy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of communities and cultures, including Tribal Nations, in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of “forest wisdom” as it relates to mycorrhizal networks in forests and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Steadfast commitment to bolstering issues of equity while confronting environmental injustice.
  • Unwavering moral compass, kindness, sense of humor, a healthy sense of outrage, and ability to stand against the tide.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and/or Native Languages)

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $56,000 – $65,000
Location: Pacific Northwest, with Portland or Seattle areas preferred
WildEarth Guardians offers a friendly and flexible, team-based environment with an excellent benefits package. We provide opportunities to select benefits based on your personal preferences, your family situation, and/or your financial objectives. They include full health, vision, dental, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan with a 3% match after your first year, paid and unpaid health and family leave, a sabbatical policy, sick leave, three weeks paid vacation to start, and ten holidays including your birthday. Salary is negotiable within salary range, based on experience.

To Apply


The review process has started and no more applications will be accepted at this time. If you submitted your application to this position, thank you.

No telephone calls, please. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact: apply@wildearthguardians.org

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 strongly encourage applications from underrepresented communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact us at apply@wildearthguardians.org.


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