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Carnivore Coexistence Advocate (F/T)

Project Coyote & The Rewilding Institute

Position: Carnivore Coexistence Advocate (F/T)

 

Reports to: Dr. Michelle Lute, National Carnivore Conservation Manager, Project Coyote; Dave Parsons, Science Advisor, Project Coyote and The Rewilding Institute

Job Description: The Carnivore Coexistence Advocate is responsible for providing programmatic and campaign support to Project Coyote (projectcoyote.org) and The Rewilding Institute (TRI; rewilding.org) core national efforts and leading campaign initiatives with a particular focus on activities that support the shared mission and goals of both organizations. The Advocate will also work in close concert with two Big River Connectivity positions who co-lead Midwest initiatives for the two closely-affiliated organizations as part of their BeWildReWild collaboration with Half-Earth (half-earthproject.org).

We are looking for an ambitious team player to join highly effective and exciting organizations undergoing strategic expansion. As national organizations working to promote conservation of and coexistence with wildlife and wild nature through rewilding and science-driven advocacy and education, Project Coyote and TRI are consciously and thoughtfully cultivating our networks across the US and especially in the West and Midwest. By leveraging these personal and professional connections, Project Coyote and TRI aim to grow capacity, raise public awareness and fill critical knowledge gaps in best practices for communicating and promoting rewilding and compassionate coexistence in strategically critical regions of the country. This position will support these efforts through science-based advocacy, public education, proactive conflict prevention, and close collaboration with local allies and partners. The ideal candidate has been an integral member of high-performing teams, is deeply committed to wildlife conservation, and fully supports the Project Coyote and TRI shared mission.

About Project Coyote*: Project Coyote promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.  Read more here.

About TRI: TRI’s mission is to develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization in North America. Read more here.

Responsibilities: 

  • Help implement a diverse suite of program and campaign activities in coordination with staff, state representatives, advisors, and volunteers.
  • Conduct research to better understand human-wildlife interactions, identify hotspots that need community assistance through implementation of the Coyote Friendly Communities program, and develop best methods for promoting coexistence in these contexts.
  • Develop strategic alliances with agencies, public officials and with outside organizations to advance Project Coyote and TRI policy goals. Prepare fact sheets, testimony, action alerts, and other materials relevant to communications with lawmakers, wildlife agencies, and supporters.
  • Liaise and coordinate with Big River Connectivity staff to advance shared goals in the Mississippi Watershed.
  • Represent Project Coyote and TRI at meetings, conferences, hearings, tabling venues, and other events, and with national and state advocacy coalitions.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Project Coyote and TRI by engaging and speaking knowledgeably about programs and advocacy initiatives with existing and potential supporters, allies and partners.
  • Contribute to communications, including quarterly e‐newsletters (Coyote Chronicles), Notes from the Field blogs, social media platforms, petition sites, relevant commentaries for online publications, e‐alerts, press releases, supporter appeals, etc.
  • Participate in interviews on behalf of TRI and Project Coyote for, e.g., Rewilding Earth’s and other podcast series, and for external organizations’ news stories on carnivores and related issues.
  • Provide reviews and comments on proposed carnivore management rules, regulations, agency land use plans and other policies affecting carnivores at both federal and state levels.
  • Help develop and implement public outreach strategies for recruiting and motivating allies and advocates for carnivore conservation, especially across diverse social and ethnic groups and age classes.
  • Draft blogs for TRI’s Rewilding Earth and Project Coyote’s online publications and other media outlets, op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, and press releases.
  • Assist protected area initiatives, particularly for large core reserves and wildlife corridors.
  • Assist with state wildlife agency governance reform initiatives as well as assisting with relevant legislative and rulemaking comments.

Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Strong belief in the mission and values of Project Coyote and TRI
  • Demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation
  • Minimum of three years’ experience of demonstrated management and leadership skills in the nonprofit sector, ideally with at least two years’ experience in wildlife conservation
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state policymaking processes and laws/regulations relevant to the oversight and treatment of wildlife and their habitats
  • Successful track record of program management from conception through implementation
  • Nimble and exceptional (written and oral) communication skills that inspire and call to action various audiences, including ranchers, legislators, wildlife agency personnel, public officials, community residents, educators, and donors
  • Team player but also able to work independently and achieve results with minimal supervision
  • Project- and team-management skills
  • Ability to successfully manage key internal and external stakeholders and relationships
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask efficiently
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Graduate degree in related field preferred

Location: Remote (works from home).

Start date: Open until filled.

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience; comprehensive benefits package through fiscal sponsor Earth Island Institute, including medical, vision and dental insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation, and sick leave.

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, and at least two relevant writing samples by email to: info@projectcoyote.org. Please type “Carnivore Coexistence Advocate” in the subject line.

*Project Coyote is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. EII provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Contact:

mculbertson@projectcoyote.org

http://www.projectcoyote.org

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