Central Montana Field Director

  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • Great Falls, MT, USA
  • Nov 03, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Management Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

About the Montana Wilderness Association

Come work for one of the most dynamic conservation organizations in the West. Our mission is to work with communities to protect Montana’s Wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions now and for future generations. We envision a future where from the rugged mountains to the vast prairies Montana’s wild places are protected, connected, and restored because the citizens of our state value wilderness as essential to our heritage and way of life. Founded in 1958, the Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) is the nation’s oldest grassroots Wilderness advocacy organization.

Summary of Position:

The Central Montana Field Director (CMT-FD) is responsible for various aspects of programmatic work while building support for issues and campaigns across central Montana. Working with MWA staff, volunteers, and partners, the CMT-FD develops and implements conservation strategies for some of Montana’s last best places. S/he works collaboratively on a variety of agency processes and legislative campaigns, while supervising interns, fellows or other staff as needed. The CMT-FD is also responsible for public relations, policy and position development, and engagement organizing strategies within the region.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

● Develops and leads programs and campaigns to further MWA’s mission across central Montana
● Works closely with MWA’s leadership and staff to implement diverse conservation strategies
● Rallies public support, including individuals, partners and communities for MWA’s key issues
● Supports MWA’s legislative priorities at both the state and federal levels
● Provides strategic oversight of MWA’s work on Forest Service revision and travel management processes
● Implements strategies to protect wilderness character across central Montana
● Analyzes and submits formal comments and, when necessary, objections to various planning processes
● Develops strategies to mobilize key stakeholders in defense of Wilderness Study Areas
● Provides programmatic oversight and guidance to empower and engage the next generation of conservation leaders
● Identify, engage, and foster fundraising strategies in cooperation with MWA’s development staff
● Develops media relationships and generate positive articles, and other earned media that support conservation strategies in cooperation with communications staff
● Develops and implements work plans and budgets for all direct reports
● Maintains MWA’s Great Falls field office


● Experience in advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public land policy
● Experience developing strategies and implementing grassroots campaigns.
● Familiar with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management policy
● Ability to research and maintain a working knowledge of local, state, and national public land issues and policy
● Ability to maintain an upbeat positive atmosphere during difficult times or situations
● Ability to lead diverse groups, individuals, and personalities
● Willingness to work in partnership with diverse interests and non-traditional partners
● Ability to recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteers
● Ability to engage young adults
● Self-motivated and able to work independently
● Computer proficiency is required, and knowledge of cartographic applications is desired
● Strong written and verbal communication skills
● A commitment to the vision and mission of MWA
● Ability and willingness to travel as well as willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends when needed.


Applications will be accepted from October 26, 2018 until the position is filled. Interviews will occur in November/December with job placement in December 2018/January 2019.


Nonprofit- NGO


$42,460 to $49,955 DOE; generous benefits