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Director of Conservation


Carbondale, CO, USA

This is Who We Are

Using science, the law, and grassroots activism, Wilderness Workshop (WW) works to protect the public lands of the western slope of Colorado.  Our geography includes the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands.  We both defend against threats to the ecology of and work proactively to increase protections for this amazing landscape.

Founded in 1967, the Wilderness Workshop has earned a national reputation for passionate, strategic advocacy, effective grassroots activism, and scientific authority.

WW is the only nonprofit organization that’s devoted to protecting these particular public lands on a full-time basis. No other local group has the mission, capacity expertise, and standing to participate effectively and consistently in the arcane bureaucratic processes that decide the fate of these lands; no state or national organization devotes as much time to our particular area.

We don’t represent any user group; rather, we provide a voice for nature on our public lands. We’re a community of people who enjoy and cherish wild places, and believe that wildlands and wildlife should be protected for their own sake (and for ours).

Although focused on the White River National Forest region, our work is part of a visionary movement to reconnect wildlife habitats and “rewild” landscapes on a continental scale. Thus we frequently partner with other local, state, regional and national groups on projects.

We now seek an experienced, committed, dynamic Conservation Directorto join our highly talented team.


Here is How the Coservation Director Makes a Difference

In fulfillment of WW’s mission, the Conservation Directordevelops, leads and implements WW’s conservation program in partnership with the Executive Director and other program staff. The Conservation Director develops and implments WW’s forest, restoration, aquatic, responsible recreation, and wilderness programs. These programs evolve over time or change depending on the current set of threats to our public lands, and the Conservation Director plays a lead role in identifying new opportunities for program impact. 

The Conservation Director collaborates with other staff to choose the specific conservation goals and projects undertaken by WW. The Conservation Director is also responsible for ensuring policy consistency in WW’s Community Programs including our Hike series, Restoration Program, Naturalists Nights and Wilderness Monitoring programs.  Lastly, the Conservation Director develops strong relationships with County Commissioners, colleagues at partner organizations, grassroots activists, and staff at the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Congressional offices.


Working at the Wilderness Workshop and Living in Carbondale

The Wilderness Workshop offers its staff a close-knit, relatively casual work environment that is focused on results and impact.  We are passionate about our work, creative, and like to work collaboratively with the team and our partners.  Successful members of the team are self-starters, life-long learners, interested in building new skills, active listeners, and like the nimbleness that comes from a smaller organization that can act quickly to take advantage of new opportunities.

The Roaring Fork Valley stretches from the top of Independence Pass, through Aspen and Carbondale to the confluence with the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs.  The breadth and depth of recreational and cultural amenities found in this community are second to none.  Multiple wilderness areas, ski areas, world class biking and running trails, and nationally recognized art and cultural institutions are all found in the Valley.


This is What it Takes to Do the Job 

Qualified candidates will have a deep passion for and connection with public lands and wilderness.  Additionally, candidates will have experience and/or skills in these areas:


  • Management-level experience in leading internal functions or large projects for independent organizations or government agencies.
  • In-depth knowledge of western public lands history/policy, ecosystem protection, resource management, or conservation biology.
  • Ability to professionally represent the organization in front of members of Congress, agency staff, other decision makers, the press, and the public.
  • Proven ability to manage staff and volunteers to achieve measurable results.


Advocacy & Program Management

  • Minimum three to five years of relevant work experience in policy, advocacy or environmental fields. 
  • Experience in designing and managing programs, preferably conservation advocacy or policy projects in the field.
  • Experience with grassroots, non-profit environmental advocacy.
  • Experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); some experience in analyzing EAs and EISs, drafting comments, and filing administrative appeals preferred.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking & presentation skills.
  • Experience in a political office or in running political or advocacy campaigns highly valued though not required. 



  • Ability to read a map and safely navigate challenging backcountry conditions.
  • GIS mapping experience would be useful.
  • Computer literacy required; social media proficiency preferred.


Personal Qualities

  • Self-motivated and ability to work outside of a highly structured work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to quickly interpret and strategically respond to others emotions, opinions and statements.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Collaborative by nature.
  • Nimble and open to seizing new opportunities.



  • Undergraduate degree in applicable field required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Willingness to live and be an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley.


What are the Rewards

The salary range for the Conservation Director position reflects the senior level of the position and the market conditions of the surrounding area. The benefits package includes a sabbatical policy, health insurance, wellness days, sick days, and a simple IRA contribution. Relocation support is also available for qualified candidates who are ready to move to our mountain community.


Ready to Apply?

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at  All applications are to be submitted electronically. To learn more about this position and the work of the Wilderness Workshop, please visit us at  The position will be open until filled, but preference will be given to candidates who apply before January 22, 2019.

The Wilderness Workshop provides equal employment opportunities to all persons. 

No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, otherwise qualified handicap or disability, or veteran status. 

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