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Working at SUWA

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) staff is made up of passionate advocates working together to defend Utah’s redrock wilderness. We value autonomy, persistence, collaboration, and a hands-on attitude from our fellow team members.

Since 1983, SUWA has been the only independent organization working full-time to defend America’s redrock wilderness from oil and gas development, unnecessary road construction, rampant off-road vehicle use, and other threats to Utah’s wilderness-quality lands. We carry that legacy and honor the work of those who have been fighting for the protection of these wild lands for decades before us, as well as alongside us.

Benefits

  • 15 days of paid vacation time (with increases yearly with tenure up to 20 days)
  • 12 paid sick days annually
  • 14 paid holidays, including a year-end office closure
  • Employer-paid medical, vision, and dental benefits
  • 2-month paid sabbatical every 5 years
  • Flexible work days, depending on position
  • Parental, bereavement, jury duty, and other leave
  • Cell phone subsidy and travel reimbursements
  • Access to outdoor gear pro deals

Ready to Apply?

When our team is looking for new staff members, we want to hear from you! Explore below to see what openings we currently have on SUWA staff. If none are available, consider signing up for our email list to hear about new open positions in the future.

Current Openings

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time GIS Analyst in our Salt Lake City office.  Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, map samples, and three references to Creed Murdock at creed@suwa.org with “GIS Analyst” and your name in the subject line. The deadline for submission is December 23, 2022.

Job Description
The GIS Analyst works closely with the GIS Manager and Legal Director to meet all GIS-related needs for the organization. Regular tasks include performing spatial analysis, automating workflows and developing script tools with Python, creating professional map products, managing web-based maps and applications, and managing data and workflows for field-based activities. The analyst’s primary role is to fulfill work requests and lend GIS expertise to other staff in support of SUWA’s legal, policy, organizing and legislative campaigns.

This position is also responsible for the back-end management of field data collection, including creating and managing web maps for ingestion into Field Maps, troubleshooting offline map download and sync issues, and post-processing of collected data. The GIS Analyst is also encouraged to lend new perspectives to existing workflows and creatively develop new projects that support SUWA’s mission.

Qualifications
To effectively perform this role, applicants must possess strong GIS and communication skills and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. They must be self-motivated and committed to the goal of wilderness designation and land conservation.  GIS experience as it relates to environmental and natural resource issues is preferred.  A degree in Geography/GIS or a GIS certificate is strongly preferred.

Essential Skills and Responsibilities

High-level of competency and experience using the following GIS software:

  • ArcGIS Pro and Desktop
  • ArcGIS Online
  • Story Maps and WebAppBuilder
  • ArcGIS Field Maps
  • Python 3, including creating custom script tools
  • Strong cartographic skills
  • Experience creating and managing content for use in Field Maps
  • Attention to details and good problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work on teams and meet deadlines

Salary: DOE

Benefits:  Paid health insurance; a 3.5% contribution to a 403b plan; 14 paid holidays; 3 weeks of vacation to start; and other benefits. (Benefits begin after a 60-day probation period.) Pre-approved relocation expenses will be reimbursed up to $5,000.

Equal Opportunity Employer

SUWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to 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 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. The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes. We are committed to expanding present-day collaboration with our Tribal neighbors. SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time Latino Community  Organizer in Salt Lake City. Interested applicants should email a cover letter (one page) explaining how they match the qualifications, a resume, a writing sample (original work;  a 2nd in Spanish is helpful), and 2 references to Dave Pacheco at dave@suwa.org. Please  include the words “Latino Community Organizer” and your name in the subject line. The  deadline for submission is December 31.

Reports to: Organizing Director

SUWA’s mission is to permanently protect the wilderness quality public lands managed  by the Bureau of Land Management within the state of Utah.

Job Description Summary:
The Latino Community Organizer recruits and supports volunteer activists and leaders interested in protecting Utah’s red rock wilderness.

The organizer is a flexible team player who will plan and implement organizing activities  within the Latino community in Utah building from and growing the base established on  the Wasatch Front, and develop and maintain a network of supporters across the  state. The organizer will identify and support leaders and activists emerging from the  network who will promote protections and engage with decision makers within the  state and nationally.

Qualifications: 

  • Passion for public lands protection.
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, and listening skills.
  • Self-motivated; able to work in a team and independently.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and develop volunteer leadership skills.
  • Understanding of power dynamics impacting wild lands protection campaigns. • Commitment to and ability to communicate the need for protecting wilderness landscapes within the context of climate change and cultural significance. • Must be skilled/comfortable with Microsoft, Zoom, Google Docs and social media.
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours.
  • Previous organizing experience preferred.
  • Spanish language proficiency, written and verbal, preferred.
  • Familiarity with Latino communities preferred.
  • A four-year college degree is helpful but not required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Build, grow, and sustain a network of volunteer leaders and activists working together to support identified wild land protections.
  • Identify, organize and manage SUWA’s Utah Silvestre campaign and Latinos for Utah Wilderness online and in-person meetups
  • Identify events, venues and activities where SUWA can interact, educate and engage members of Utah’s Latino communities.
  • Identify key traditional and social media visibility opportunities for Utah’s Latino communities on SUWA’s issues and follow through with supporters through placement of Letters to the Editor, Opinion commentaries, and other writing.
  • Build relationships with representatives of organizations and institutions within the Latino communities.
  • Network with national and regional organizations and other organizers supporting Latinx engagement in public lands conservation especially on the Colorado Plateau.
  • Develop and produce educational materials and articles; bilingual materials. • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive and Organizing Directors.

Salary depends on experience; paid health insurance; 3.5% contribution to a 403b plan;  14 paid holidays; 3 weeks of vacation to start; and other benefits. (Benefits begin after a  60-day probation period.) Currently the position is a blending of in-office and at-home  work time.

Equal Opportunity Employer

SUWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to 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 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. The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes. We are  committed to expanding present-day collaboration with our Tribal neighbors. SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or  local law.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time Utah Outreach Organizer in Salt Lake City. Interested applicants should email a cover letter (one page) explaining how they match the qualifications, a resume, a writing sample (original work), and 2 references to Dave Pacheco at dave@suwa.org. Please include the words “Utah Outreach Organizer” and your name in the subject line. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31.

Job Summary:

The Utah Outreach Organizer coordinates community outreach, educates, recruits and supports volunteer activists and leaders interested in protecting Utah’s redrock wilderness.

The organizer is a flexible team player who plans and implements organizing activities within Utah, building from and growing the base established on the Wasatch Front, and develops and maintains a network of supporters across the state. The organizer identifies and supports leaders and activists emerging from the network who will promote protections and engage with decision makers within Utah.

Qualifications:
● Passion for public lands protection.
● Excellent public speaking and listening skills.
● Self-directed, self-motivated, organized; able to work in a team and
independently.
● Ability to start, build and manage relationships. Likes talking with people.
● Understanding of power dynamics impacting wild lands protection campaigns.
● Commitment to, and ability to communicate the need for, protecting wilderness landscapes, for their ecological, spiritual and intrinsic values, and within the context of climate change.
● Skilled/comfortable with Microsoft, Zoom, Google Docs and social media.
● Willingness to work flexible hours.
● Previous organizing experience preferred.
● A four-year college degree is helpful but not required.

Responsibilities Include:
● Build and sustain a network of Utah leaders and activists to Protect Wild Utah. Motivate leaders and activists into actions targeting Utah elected officials.
● Hone activist’s public speaking skills. Identify key media visibility opportunities and work with activists to write and submit timely and effective Letters to the Editor and Opinion commentaries.
● Coordinate, interview, hire and supervise SUWA’s organizing-outreach internship program. Three students annually, one per semester.
● Coordinate SUWA’s participation in festivals, fairs and other community events across the state. Recruit and train volunteer activists to educate and engage the interested public in redrock wilderness issues. Manage materials for events.
● Represent SUWA as an educational guest speaker in university classrooms and in the greater community. Identify interested students and individuals and motivate them to engage in activism to Protect Wild Utah. Respond to requests and actively prospect for opportunities to speak.
● As needed, engage interested volunteers and activists as field advocates to support SUWA’s on-the-ground issues in southern Utah. Teach and explain techniques to effectively submit comments during open comment periods.
● Identify, organize and manage SUWA’s lawn sign distribution across Utah.
● Represent SUWA’s outreach-organizing interests in relevant coalition partner events, rallies and protests.
● Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive and Organizing Directors.

Salary: Depending on experience.

Benefits: Paid health insurance, a 3.5% contribution to a 403b plan, 14 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation to start, and other benefits. (Benefits begin after a 60-day probation period.) Currently the position is a blending of in-office and at-home work time.

Equal Opportunity Employer

SUWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to 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 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. The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes. We are committed to expanding present-day collaboration with our Tribal neighbors. SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUWA

The mission of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is to defend and protect the wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau and in Utah’s West Desert.

We are committed to the idea that our commonalities greatly outweigh our differences, and that the redrock is for everyone. Our mission is to protect the redrock for the wonder and enjoyment of all future generations, both human and non-human alike.

The lands we work to protect are the ancestral homelands of many Tribes, including those that were forcibly removed at the hands of the U.S. government in an effort to exterminate their cultures, languages, and ways of life. These injustices are still felt today, but the quest to erase the Tribes failed: indigenous communities continue their traditions and remain an integral part of the landscape and our community. We are committed to working toward understanding this history; to expanding present-day common ground, collaboration, and reconciliation with our Tribal neighbors; and to advocating that Tribes receive a seat at the table when others would exclude them.

The environmental movement has a regrettable history of excluding and oppressing marginalized people. We know that the redrock, humanity, and the future of the planet itself depend on working together to solve our greatest common threat: the climate crisis. As we face the challenges of the 21st century head-on, we recognize we can only do so by including, involving, and elevating Tribes, communities of color, people of diverse economic backgrounds, faith communities, the LGBTQ+ community, and the tapestry of experience that weaves together our common humanity. We are committed to doing this both within our staff and through our daily work to protect the redrock.