Position Title: Executive Director
Posting Date: January 6, 2020
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin February 9, 2020, but the position will remain open to applications until filled.
The Yaak Valley Forest Council was formed in 1997 by local residents concerned with the health and management of the million-acre Yaak Valley. The Yaak's unique location, with its combination of Pacific coast and Rocky Mountain weather, has resulted in a uniquely biodiverse ecosystem of sensitive species. We endeavor to protect the Yaak’s water, woods, and wild places and support our local Yaak community towards sustainable land practices (http://yaakvalley.org).
Our long-time executive director is retiring and we are looking for a strong new leader, able to dynamically coordinate between staff and board of directors to achieve our conservation goals.
YVFC desires that the Executive Director has strong communication & listening skills and coaches employees effectively. The executive director should have the ability to learn from the past, think outside the box, a willingness to take calculated risks and possess a realistic yet optimistic outlook.
Position Overview and Definitions:
The executive and conservation director position is a full-time, year-round position that will make a major contribution to the fulfillment of the Yaak Valley Forest Council’s conservation goals. This position will report to the YVFC Board of Directors, some of whom are active subcommittee participants.
Desired Skills and Attributes:
YVFC’s executive and conservation director is responsible for the thorough and competent implementation and maintenance of conservation program activities that include, but are not limited to:
Grizzly Bear Protection and Recovery -We seek to advance the recovery of the Yaak grizzly bear subpopulation and connectivity to adjacent populations. The director will be responsible for advancing creative recovery efforts, partnering with state and federal agencies tasked with recovery, education, and outreach on behalf of this goal, lobbying, and advocacy, and keeping the plight of the Yaak grizzlies—the most endangered subpopulations in Montana and the West—at the top of news cycles. It will be the responsibility of the director as well to cultivate and nurture, in conjunction with board and staff, significant relationships with other grizzly advocates in the state, around the region, and across the country, as well as globally. Twenty-five bears are not enough.
Wilderness Advocacy – Promote and implement YVFC Wilderness Goals and Objectives. Identify and prioritize landscape-scale restoration projects and wilderness protection. Build on existing coalitions and relationships to advocate for wilderness designation in the Yaak Valley ecosystem. This position requires effective communication and the building of relationships across ideological lines within the Yaak community and with local, state and national organizations and stakeholders. This position will engage in advocacy, campaign strategy, media outreach and elements of fundraising.
Conservation Education and Community Development - Our goal is to increase critical thinking skills and ecological literacy, in addition to positive outdoor experiences. We achieve this through educational programs and summer camps designed for students in local school districts. In collaboration with local gardeners and city officials, YVFC has been instrumental in establishing a Troy Farmers Market that enjoys a steadily growing base of support and participation. We seek to expand these successes to other communities adjacent to the Yaak as well as in the community of Yaak itself.
Forest Watch - We work to protect the wild, roadless areas in the Yaak and support wilderness designation while developing long term forest restoration projects that employ local contractors. We engage in scoping proposals with the U.S. Forest Service to see that our values are being addressed. We monitor vegetative management proposals both before and after logging to hold the agency accountable for its projects.
Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project- The Headwaters program works to improve habitat for native fish species. We are actively working to expand the effectiveness of the program, both in the U.S. and Canada where the main stem of the Yaak River originates. We continue to perform bank stability surveys, restoration projects and non-toxic weed treatment on both public and private lands to restore the health and productivity of waters within the Yaak watershed.
Other Areas of Responsibility:
Salary and Benefits:
Please submit the following items to YVFCJobs@gmail.com