Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
To support our mission, we are seeking a Beaver Conflict Reduction and Outreach Specialist to join our Wildlife Team in Wyoming. The WY Beaver Conflict Reduction and Outreach Specialist is a seasonal term assignment based in Northwest Wyoming. As part of a small, high-impact team, this position will work under the guidance of the Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation, and Wyoming Untrapped.
The WY Beaver Conflict Reduction and Outreach Specialist will be hired as a term employee under the National Wildlife Federation and, as such, will submit invoices and expenses through NWF. The cost-share will be handled by Wyoming Untrapped, and all material costs incurred by landowners will be documented and submitted to Wyoming Untrapped. The initial term is up to 5 months (June/July to October/November) at 32 hours per week, up to 640 total hours. If additional funding is secured, there is a strong possibility to extend this term or expand the scope of work.
This work will include community outreach and education, hosting training events for local partners, and constructing targeted low-tech demonstration projects. This work requires specialized knowledge and skills in wildlife conflict resolution, and in techniques for non-lethal beaver management, as well as in building good relationships, credibility, and trust with key agency partners like WGFD, WYDOT, USFS; landowners; and non-profit organizations.
Principle Duties (major areas of responsibility):
- Assess the beaver nuisance problem in Northwest Wyoming - scale, characteristics, seasonality, current practices, etc.
- Plan and build demonstration projects for non-lethal beaver nuisance management on properties that can be easily visited on tours or other outreach events.
- Organize a least two training courses for partners and agencies, focusing on assessing beaver conflicts and non-lethal methods to solve beaver nuisance problems.
- Develop a cost-share program for beaver conflict mitigation work.
- Submit monthly and annual status reports to partners and granting agencies.
- Submit expense reports and invoices on the first of each month.
- Purchase and maintain equipment and supplies as outlined in the work plan. Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested with a sense of team-oriented and collaborative mindset.
- Project commitment to and professional enthusiasm about the collaborative nature of work to protect
- Coordinate monthly update calls with the National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming Untrapped, Defenders of Wildlife, and other partners as appropriate to report on current projects and support needs.
- The WY Beaver Conflict Reduction and Outreach Specialist will have excellent people skills, be well-organized, be a practical and independent problem-solver, be handy and comfortable with light construction projects, have basic computer skills, have experience in wildlife or natural resource management, and possesses an understanding of stream/wetland restoration practices.
- A bachelor’s degree in ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field is preferred.
This is a field position requiring physical exertion (able to lift 40 pounds), efficient navigation in remote rural areas, and often eight or more hours in the field each day, sometimes under adverse weather conditions.
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:
- Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized.
- Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
- Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
This position requires travel, including overnight trips, and some evenings and weekends. Successful candidates must use their own vehicle for fieldwork (compensated at Federal travel rate per mile), work safely and independently in remote locations around Northwest Wyoming, and demonstrate self-discipline and accountability for managing their field and home office workload efficiently.
Location and Work Mode:
This position will be based in Cody, Lander, or Jackson, Wyoming. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work fully remote. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
Compensation and Benefits:
The pay rate for this position is $30-$35 per hour, commensurate with experience.
We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.
We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:
- Paid time off: Vacation time, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), and 10 holidays
- We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
- Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
- Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
- Therapist available at no cost
- Pet insurance and discount perk program
- Annual wellbeing allowance
In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:
- Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
- Annual year end retirement contribution
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
- Pet adoption stipend
- Student Loan management
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at email@example.com or 703-438-6244.
If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.