Job Opening: Travel Management Campaign Director

Immediate Opening (12/17/18)

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), Utah’s largest conservation organization, has an immediate opening for a full-time Travel Management Campaign Director in its Salt Lake City office. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, 3-5 page writing sample (original work), and 3 references to Neal Clark at The deadline to submit your application is January 11, 2019.

SUWA’s Travel Management Campaign Director will be responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating of all aspects of SUWA’s motorized travel management planning campaign, with a primary emphasis on developing innovative strategies to obtain closure of priority off-road vehicle routes through the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) administrative travel planning processes. The work will focus on forthcoming travel management plans for BLM-managed public lands throughout southern and eastern Utah. These plans are being developed over the course of the next six years (2019-2024). Additional travel planning is likely for additional BLM field offices and National Park Service units in the coming years. 

The Travel Management Campaign Director will manage all aspects of SUWA’s travel management planning work, including: developing campaign and legal strategies; coordinating travel planning-related fieldwork and managing associated data; drafting and submitting comments on travel plans throughout the NEPA process; hiring and managing seasonal fieldworkers and contractors; engaging grassroots membership and activists around planning processes; interacting with federal agency staff, scientists, and federal, state, and local elected officials; and assisting with litigation if necessary. The Travel Management Campaign Director will work closely with other staff in SUWA’s Moab, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. offices, and will report to SUWA’s Wildlands Program Director.

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 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.

Travel Management Campaign Director Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee implementation of a strategic plan to achieve travel management planning objective of closing priority off-road vehicle routes through administrative processes
  • Develop and manage travel management planning campaigns
  • Review environmental analyses and draft/submit comments on proposed travel management plans
  • Coordinate fieldwork and hire/manage seasonal fieldworkers and other contractors
  • Manage fieldwork data and GIS needs
  • Meet regularly and develop strong relationships with BLM staff in Utah
  • Communicate with the media
  • Conduct legal research and document review
  • Work closely with SUWA’s wildlands and legal teams to further project objectives
  • Coordinate with SUWA’s grassroots team to organize members and activists in support of travel management planning campaigns
  • Represent SUWA in federal court litigation of travel management plans (if necessary)


  • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation and SUWA’s mission
  • Basic understanding of BLM travel management planning and NEPA processes
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Initiative, discipline, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines 
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Self-motivation
  • 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, politicians, the public, the media, and government agencies
  • Willingness to learn GIS mapping
  • Willingness to make a two-year commitment
  • Familiarity with southern Utah wildlands is preferable

Education Requirements

  • 2-10 years experience—admitted to practice law by a state bar or willingness to sit for or waive into the Utah state bar. Non-attorney applicants with relevant qualifications are also encouraged to apply.


  • Salt Lake City, Utah—must also be willing to travel throughout Utah one or more times per month for meetings with BLM staff and grassroots activists


  • 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.  

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