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  • May 13th, 2022

    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time East Coast Regional Organizer based out of its Washington, DC office. Interested applicants should email a cover letter (one page), resume, a writing sample (original work), and 3 references to Clayton Daughenbaugh at clayton@suwa.org.  Please include the words “Eastern Grassroots Organizer” and your name in the subject line. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 24, 2022.

    Reports to: Organizing Director

    Job Description Summary
    The Eastern Grassroots Organizer works to advance the goal of building and maintaining cohesive Eastern and National support for SUWA’s congressional and administrative efforts to protect Utah’s wilderness lands.  Working closely with SUWA’s Organizing Director and a team of regional and community organizers, this person will plan and implement direct organizing activities in targeted areas across the Eastern U.S.  They will also recruit, develop, and maintain a diverse network of grassroots activists, volunteers, and coalition partners; develop educational and advocacy materials, coordinate with SUWA’s legislative and policy teams, and contribute to DC-based events.

    This position requires a willingness to travel regularly to targeted areas for organizing activities in person and to Utah for staff and organizing events.  Estimated travel is 30%.

    The overall mission of the organizer is to work towards permanent protections for Bureau of Land Management lands within the Utah Wilderness Coalition’s citizens’ wilderness proposal.

    Qualifications Required: 

    • Excellent listening and verbal/writing/public speaking communication skills.
    • Self-motivated; able to work in a team and independently. The position is based from SUWA’s Washington, DC satellite office.
    • Ability to build and maintain relationships and develop leadership skills among volunteers.
    • Passion for public lands protection.
    • Commitment to and ability to communicate the need for protecting wilderness landscapes within the context of climate change.
    • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours. It is estimated that this position could require 30% of time away from home base, varies per month.
    • Must be skilled/comfortable with Microsoft, Google Docs, Zoom.

    Additional helpful qualifications:

    • Past grassroots organizing work.
    • Knowledge of agency and congressional processes.
    • Prior experience using advocacy software platforms such as CRMs, texting services.
    • Ability to work with traditional and social media.
    • A four-year college degree.
    • Bilingual (Spanish).

    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 events, venues and activities for interaction with SUWA’s programs.
    • Utilize traditional and social media platforms to engage volunteers and demonstrate support for protecting Utah’s wild lands.
    • Develop and give educational presentations.
    • Develop and produce educational materials and articles.
    • Manage volunteer participation and grow activists into leaders.
    • Supervise interns as needed.
    • Assist in development and implementation of grassroots activists training and workshops.
    • Participate in staff strategic planning.
    • Grow the organization’s membership.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Organizing Director.

    This position will start at $47,000 per year; with 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. Circumstances permitting, SUWA supports the collegiality of working together in a common location.


    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 identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

  • May 6th, 2022

    SUWA is pleased to announce that on Friday April 29th, at their 117th annual convention, lay and clergy delegates of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah passed a Resolution in Support of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act and for the Perpetual Protection and Management of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments.

    The 155-year-old Episcopal Church in Utah officially supports the campaigns to protect these special places, and it will actively work for congressional passage of America’s Redrock Wilderness Act. These efforts benefit future generations of Americans and show respect for Indigenous people with ties to the land. The church’s support strengthens the America the Beautiful effort to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, and it furthers action to combat climate change and stem the global loss of biodiversity by protecting habitat for all living beings. The strong support demonstrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Utah is greatly appreciated.

  • April 20th, 2022

    Since its inception a few years back, SUWA’s Stewardship Program has aimed to foster a stewardship ethic and promote service as recreation in Utah through opportunities to work directly and actively to preserve and enhance the wilderness character of Utah’s public lands.

    So what does all of that mean– for volunteers, and for the redrock wilderness?

    Tune in to find out! You’ll be transported to a recent stewardship project in the Canyon Rims area (featuring voices from a couple inspiring University of Utah Alternative Break students) while hearing all about SUWA’s stewardship philosophy from one incredibly dynamic duo: Stewardship Director Jeremy Lynch and Stewardship Coordinator Jack Hanley.

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    Check out the SUWA Stewardship Project Calendar here!

     

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    A special thank you for this episode also goes to the U of U Alternative Break crew who joined us for a one-day project that helped to create the in-the-field audio you hear on this episode.

     

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    Theme music is by Haley Noel Austin, with interlude music by Larry Pattis.
    Dave Pacheco is the host of Wild Utah.
    Post studio production and editing is by Laura Borichevsky.
    A transcript of this episode can be found here.

  • April 19th, 2022

    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is hiring a full-time Southwest Regional Organizer in Salt Lake City. Interested applicants should email a cover letter (one page), resume, a writing sample (original work), and 3 references to Clayton Daughenbaugh at clayton@suwa.org. Please include the words “SW Regional Organizer” and your name in the subject line. The deadline for submission is May 22, 2022.  The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.

    Reports to: Executive Director and Organizing Director

    Job Description Summary:
    The Southwest Regional Organizer recruits and supports volunteer activists and leaders in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona and provides occasional support in Utah.  SW Organizer also engages with organizational partners and allies and supports volunteer engagement with government agencies and elected officials.  This position is part of a team of organizers based in Utah and spread out across the United States.

    The organizer works to gain permanent protections for Bureau of Land Management lands within the Utah Wilderness Coalition’s citizens’ wilderness proposal.

    Qualifications: 

    • Excellent listening and verbal/writing/public speaking communication skills.
    • Self-motivated; able to work in a team and independently.
    • Ability to build and maintain relationships and develop volunteer leadership skills.
    • Passion for public lands protection.
    • Commitment to and ability to communicate the need for protecting wilderness landscapes within the context of climate change.
    • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours. It is estimated that this position could require 5 – 15 nights a month away from home, varies per month.
    • Must be skilled/comfortable with Microsoft, Google Docs, Zoom.
    • Helpful but not required skills and experience include past organizing work, knowledge of agency and congressional processes, ability to work with traditional and social media, bi-lingual (Spanish or Dine).
    • 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 events, venues and activities for interaction with SUWA’s programs.
    • Utilize traditional and social media platforms to engage volunteers and demonstrate support for protecting Utah’s wild lands.
    • Develop and give educational presentations.
    • Develop and produce educational materials and articles.
    • Manage volunteer participation.
    • Supervise interns.
    • Assist in development and implementation of grassroots activists training and workshops.
    • Participate in staff strategic planning.
    • Grow the organization’s membership.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive and Organizing Directors.

    This position will start at $40,000 per year; with 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. Circumstances permitting, SUWA supports the collegiality of working together in a common location.


    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.