suwa, Author at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance


  • October 3rd, 2019

    SUWA Wildlands Attorney Kya Marienfeld speaks with Dave Pacheco about about the Trump administration’s new master management plans for what remains of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, as well as the nearly one million acres that President Trump excised from the 23 year-old monument. These plans authorize rampant chaining of pinyon and juniper forests and unbridled energy development, and set the stage for a free-for-all of off-road vehicle abuse.

    Wild Utah is produced by Jerry Schmidt and is made possible by the contributing members of SUWA. Our theme music, “What’s Worth?” was written and performed in Moab by Haley Noel Austin. 

     

  • October 1st, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Stephen Bloch, Legal Director, (801)-859-1552 or steve@suwa.org

    Salt Lake City, UT (October 1, 2019) – In response to Judge Chutkan’s decision allowing lawsuits to proceed against President Trump’s reductions of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, SUWA legal director Stephen Bloch issued the following statement:

    “The day of reckoning for President Trump’s unlawful attack on the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments drew closer when Judge Chutkan issued her decision denying the United States’ motions to dismiss these cases.  We intend to pursue these cases until these remarkable cultural, scientific and wild redrock landscapes are restored to their full glory.”

  • September 24th, 2019

    Immediate Opening for a Legislative Advocate in Our Washington, DC Office

    The Legislative Advocate works closely with the Legislative Director and Executive Director to advance SUWA’s goal of protecting Utah wilderness, working from Washington, D.C. This person plays a critical role in the success of SUWA’s congressional and administrative efforts. The Legislative Advocate will regularly lobby Congress, the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management; analyze legislation and public lands policy; develop educational materials for Congress, government officials and the public; and coordinate with SUWA staff in Utah and other wilderness advocacy organizations.

    This is an entry-level advocacy position. A competitive benefits package includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, parental leave, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for travel and additional training are available.

    Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample (1-3 pages) to Jen Ujifusa at jen@suwa.org. Position open until filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

    Qualifications:

    Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree, the ability to communicate with diverse audiences, and the ability to work in teams. We are also looking for someone who is self-motivated and committed to securing wilderness protection for qualifying public lands in Utah. Enthusiasm for environmental or wilderness issues a must. Experience with the legislative process and Congress is preferred, but not required. SUWA is committed to strengthening our organization through the contributions of passionate people with a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences.

    Responsibilities:

    Assist Legislative Director in daily tasks while implementing SUWA’s broader legislative strategies

    • Lobby members of the House of Representatives and Senate to gather cosponsors for Utah wilderness legislation and defend against harmful legislation.
    • Work to achieve proper interim administrative protections for lands included in Utah Wilderness Coalition’s wilderness proposal in order to ensure their wilderness suitability for eventual designation.
    • Help organize activist trainings and lobby days in Washington, one or two times per year, working with SUWA grassroots staff.
    • Coordinate with SUWA staff on wilderness legislation, public land reform measures, and relevant administrative actions to achieve the goals of the organization.
    • Coordinate with other wilderness advocacy and environmental groups in Washington to elevate the Utah wilderness issue nationally and defend against administrative or legislative action harmful to Utah’s wild lands.
    • Prepare and deliver materials to Congress and the Bureau of Land Management
    • Help with office administrative tasks
    • Assist with hiring and managing the Policy Intern

    About the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance:

    The mission of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is the preservation of the outstanding wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau, and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans.

    SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region’s unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect the Colorado Plateau wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation.

  • September 23rd, 2019

    Immediate Opening for an Administrative Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has an immediate opening for a full-time Administrative Associate in its Salt Lake City office. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Gina Riggs, Administrative Associate, at gina@suwa.org. The deadline for submission is October 11, 2019.

    Reports to: Administrative Director

    Job Description Summary:

    The Administrative Associate works closely with the Membership Coordinator and the Development Associate and is supervised on a day-to-day basis by the Administrative Director.

    General Responsibilities Include:

    • Process and distribute mail
    • Membership data entry
    • Answer/direct phone calls and general emails
    • Maintain State Registrations
    • Manage copier/phone/printer maintenance
    • Order general office supplies as needed
    • Update staff work records
    • Assist Executive Director as needed
    • Prepare newsletters for volunteer distribution
    • Plan and implement Board Meetings (3 per year)
    • Compile board packets and take minutes during board meetings
    • Assist Administrative Director as needed
    • Building management/maintenance including overseeing monthly services and arranging for general repair work when necessary
    • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Administrative Director

    Qualifications: 

    The ideal candidate:

    – Has good listening and communication skills, and effectively conveys information verbally;

    – Demonstrates great attention to detail;

    – Is able to work independently;

    – Is a flexible team player who thrives in an environment which requires prioritizing and juggling multiple concurrent projects and meets all deadlines;

    – Has a strong work ethic with a positive attitude;

    – Is passionate about protecting wilderness;

    – Outgoing, enjoys talking with people and meeting new people.

    This position will start at $35,000 per year; with paid health insurance; a 3.5% contribution to a 403b plan; 13 paid holidays; 3 weeks of vacation to start; and other benefits. (Benefits begin after a 60 day probation period.)