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  • March 12th, 2019

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has an immediate opening for a full-time Development Associate in its Salt Lake City office. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (original work), and 3 references to Scott Groene, Executive Director, at scott@suwa.org. The deadline for submission is March 27th, 2019.

    Reports to: Executive Director and Administrative Director

    Job Description Summary:

    The Development Assistant (DA) is responsible for ensuring SUWA meets its annual and long term income and membership goals by working with and at the direction of the Executive Director to oversee and implement the organization’s fundraising and membership building programs.

    The DA collaborates with the Membership Coordinator and is supervised on a day-to-day basis by the Administrative Director.

    There is the potential for the person holding this position to be promoted to the Development Director position.

    Responsibilities Include:

    Implements established development program: Ensures the efficient and effective use of established tools for raising money and adding members including preparing an annual development calendar and plan; online fundraising asks, renewal letters, appeal letters, and annual report.

    Major donor relationships:  Builds loyalty with major supporters by acknowledging gifts through letters and phone calls.  Arranges the Executive Director’s travel to visit major donors.

    Foundation Fundraising:  Tracks deadlines and writes and submits proposals and reports, in coordination with the Executive Director.

    Membership: Builds SUWA’s membership numbers and loyalty by working with the Membership Coordinator on direct mail, possible canvas, online and other tools.   Responsible for organizing regular member events.

    Development programs: Capable of gaining expertise in databases and ensures SUWA’s database is up-to-date and accurate.

    Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.

    Qualifications: 

    The ideal candidate:

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

    -Has strong writing skills;

    -Has analytical skills with the ability to interpret, record, and learn from the results of on-line and mail requests and determine corrections;

    -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 $36,000 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.)

  • March 1st, 2019

    **IMMEDIATE OPENING**

    SUWA Service Project Coordinator [Independent Contractor]

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the outstanding wilderness throughout Utah 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 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.

    Job Description Summary:

    The Service Project Coordinator is an independent contractor position focused on volunteer project facilitation on public lands in Utah. Projects address impacts to wilderness values on federal lands. The Coordinator is responsible for the execution of all assigned service projects and for ensuring that projects achieve established goals. On site, the Coordinator will also serve as liaison between volunteers and federal land managers. The candidate should have extensive guiding or leadership experience in outdoor settings, and an understanding of the challenges of teaching, learning and building community in remote and backcountry settings. The Coordinator will play a key role in collecting data that will be used for ongoing service project proposal development. Relevant tech and software will be provided. The position involves consecutive long and difficult days, extensive periods of time in remote regions, rigorous physical activity, and substantial amounts of backcountry driving, often on rugged and technical four-wheel-drive roads. The Coordinator reports directly to SUWA’s Service Program Director.

    Responsibilities
    :

    • On-site coordination and facilitation of service projects between April and October.
    • Logistics and preparations relevant to project work, including:
      • Upkeep of tool/supply inventory, including regular vehicle maintenance;
      • Procurement and preparation of all meals provided to volunteers;
      • Direct communication with Program Director, agency staff and volunteer group;
      • On-site Leave No Trace & safety trainings for all volunteers.
    • Efficient data entry before and after service projects.
    • Perform site monitoring and assessments of impacts to wilderness values.
    • Provide timely reports and updates and meet regularly with Program Director.

    Requisite Skills:

    • Leave No Trace Backcountry Ethics training (Master Educator certification preferred).
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) orBasic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) certification (Must be active).
    • Education and/or field experiences related to public lands or wilderness management.
    • Experience guiding, leading or working in wilderness or backcountry settings, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel and route-finding.
    • Experience managing diverse groups in challenging circumstances and outdoor settings.
    • Experience driving on rugged, four-wheel-drive roads in remote locations, as well as experience dealing with unexpected vehicle issues.
    • Ability to implement field data collection protocols accurately and completely, with initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to hike, sometimes for long distances, for multiple and often consecutive days.
    • Ability to spend more than 3-5 consecutive days at a time in remote locations without cell phone service.
    • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including harsh and often high- temperature desert environments.
    • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation and advocacy.
    • Commitment to working a flexible, needs-driven schedule, March through October 2019.
    • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
    • Prior experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring protocols desirable but not required.

    Location:
    Preferably based out of Moab, Utah, with extensive travel throughout the state.

    Compensation:
    SUWA offers competitive pay, based on relevant experience.

    Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to Jeremy Lynch at hiring@suwa.org. Any questions should be directed to hiring@suwa.org. We will begin reviewing applications on March 5th, 2019 and will review additional applications on a rolling basis. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

    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.

     

  • February 20th, 2019

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), Utah’s largest conservation organization, has an immediate opening for a full-time Wildlands Attorney in its Moab office. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, 3-5 page writing sample (original work), and 3 references to Neal Clark, Wildlands Program Director, at neal@suwa.org. The deadline to submit your application is March 15, 2019.

    SUWA’s Wildlands Attorney is a non-litigation position with a focus on monitoring Bureau of Land Management (BLM) activities throughout Utah and challenging project proposals that would adversely impact wilderness-quality lands. The position is unique in that it involves a combination of extensive backcountry fieldwork, legal research and writing, relationship building with BLM staff, and frequent coordination with conservation partners. The Wildlands Attorney drafts and submits comments on proposed federal agency activities, including site-specific projects and broad-scale planning efforts; researches and files administrative appeals; and interacts with federal agency staff, project proponents, scientists, and state and local elected officials. The Wildlands Attorney works closely with other staff in SUWA’s Moab, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. offices.

    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.

    Responsibilities

    • Track proposed projects on BLM-managed public lands in Utah. Review environmental analyses and draft/submit comments on projects that would affect wilderness-quality lands.
    • Conduct fieldwork for, and become an expert on, lands proposed for wilderness designation in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act­—documenting wilderness characteristics, off-road vehicle routes, resource values, and impacts.
    • Meet regularly and develop strong relationships with BLM staff in Utah.
    • Conduct legal research and document review.
    • Represent SUWA in appeals before the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).
    • Negotiate with opposing counsel, BLM staff, and other stakeholders to resolve public lands disputes.
    • Monitor BLM’s ePlanning NEPA register, track projects, and follow up with BLM staff.
    • Develop media strategies and communicate with the media.
    • Support SUWA’s litigation and legislative efforts through on-the-ground expertise.
    • Assist in SUWA’s efforts to organize Utah activists in support of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act and other SUWA campaigns.

    Requirements

    • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation—familiarity with southern Utah wildlands is preferable.
    • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
    • Initiative, discipline, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Self-motivated.
    • Creative and strategic thinking and problem solving.
    • Comfortable working alone in the backcountry, often for a week at a time.
    • Self-reliant and able to navigate in rugged landscapes using topographical maps.
    • Ability to handle a substantial workload, which will, at times, require working nights and weekends.
    • High degree of professional integrity, courtesy, and respect in dealing with colleagues, partners, opposing counsel, politicians, the public, the media, and agency staff.
    • Effective legal research skills including familiarity with Westlaw’s legal database.
    • Willingness to learn basic GIS mapping.
    • Willingness to make a minimum two-year commitment.

    Education Requirements

    • 0-6 years experience—admitted to practice law in Utah, or willingness to sit for or waive into the Utah State Bar.

    Location

    • Moab, Utah—must also be willing to travel to public lands throughout Utah one or more times per month for fieldwork, meetings with BLM, or other matters.

    Salary

    • Competitive—based on experience.

    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.