Reports to: Waters Conservation Coordinator
Location: Any negotiated location within or adjacent to the Wind River Reservation, eg Ft
Washakie, or Lander, WY
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Last Update: September 2020
Scope of Organization
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), named one of Outside Magazine’s Top 100 places to work two years
in a row, seeks a Wind River Conservation Associate to play a key role in major campaigns to protect the
lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The GYE is a remarkable natural
landscape: home to a complete array of native wildlife, the headwaters of the west, an important place in
the history of conservation, and of deep importance to Native Americans who have made this place home
since time immemorial.
Scope of Responsibilities
The Wind River Conservation Associate (WRCA) works to build local capacity and to conserve the lands,
waters, and wildlife on and around the Wind River Reservation (WRR) within the Greater Yellowstone
Ecosystem. The WRA works under the supervision of the Waters Conservation Coordinator. Working with
the Waters Coordinator and other GYC conservation staff, the WRCA will help develop and execute a new
GYC Wind River Program that will focus on supporting community leadership initiatives to further
priorities of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho and building support for land, water, and
wildlife conservation and traditional ecological knowledge on the Reservation and on ancestral lands off
the Reservation. The WRCA will regularly seek input on program priorities from community leaders on
the Reservation and build partnerships that are respectful and effective. Potential campaigns could
include inspiring young conservation leaders; supporting indigenous cultural and historical traditions
around lands, waters and wildlife; supporting existing community-led or partner efforts on wildlife and
water management and addressing climate change; and other community projects as deemed relevant.
The selected candidate will lead this program and will serve as a thought leader and critical part of
Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s conservation team.
Duties may include leading on-the-ground conservation projects, organizing public events, facilitating
youth education and leadership training, and building successful partnerships with community leaders,
elected representatives, state/federal agencies, and tribal governments. The position will be involved in
proactive, landscape scale conservation. The WRCA will represent GYC with government agencies and
elected officials, the media and with the organization’s funders and supporter base. Teamwork is a core
competency at GYC, making close coordination between GYC’s other offices and departments an essential
duty of this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with conservation staff and community members to build a program for conservation efforts on
and around the WRR that align with GYC’s vision
• Maintain, grow, and develop new relationships with elected tribal officials, key tribal members, and
cultural and spiritual leaders within and around the Wind River Reservation with the end goal of
identifying and developing effective campaigns and initiatives
• Plan and implement campaign tactics, educational events, and on-the-ground projects that increase
community engagement and inspire conservation leaders within the region
• Work at the local, regional, and national level to support and build the power and capacity of Native
nations especially those with ties to the GYE
• Develop strategic campaigns, working with other staff at GYC, partners and indigenous leaders, to
find solutions to the issues influencing the protection of land, water, wildlife, and indigenous
ancestral cultural landscapes within the GYE
• Serve as spokesperson for GYC’s programs and perspectives on a variety of topics
• Be an active participant in achieving GYC’s development and fundraising goals
• Perform other duties as assigned
• A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (experience can substitute, if highly relevant)
• A minimum of 2 years of experience working with native communities
• Familiarity and understanding of public land, wildlife, and water issues, sciences, and policies in rural
landscapes, preferably in Idaho, Wyoming or Montana
• Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to discuss science and policy with
youth or people outside of conservation field
• Excellent strategic and problem-solving skills
• Deep respect for and knowledge of tribal sovereignty, trust responsibility and self-determination
• Understanding of federal Indian law and policies
• Experience using Microsoft Office and willingness to use shared project software/programs
• Willingness to travel, primarily in the region (valid driver’s license required)
• Commitment to the mission and goals of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition
• Previous work experience in the WRR or in other tribal communities.
• Experience working with non-profit conservation organizations is not required but will be considered
a strong plus.
• Understanding of traditional ecological knowledge regarding public and ancestral lands issues and
• Familiarity with regional and tribal policies and eagerness to engage in public processes.
• Ability to think creatively and strategically to find solutions to challenges.
• Experience with volunteer and youth engagement.
• GYC acknowledges that those most impacted by this position should be leading, designing, and
sharing power in the vision, implementation and evaluation of this work. For that reason, native
candidates and those with strong connections to the WRR are encouraged to apply.
• Salary starts at $43,000 and is negotiable.
• Employer paid health premiums for employees and contributions for dependents, spouses, and
• Voluntary insurance options: vision, dental, life, and long-term disability.
• Generous time-off: vacation, sick, personal, paid holidays, and sabbatical.
• Tuition reimbursement program.
• Employer contribution to profit sharing retirement plan.
Physical Working Conditions
GYC is committed to honoring and improving accommodations within our existing infrastructure.
• Business office environment with moderate noise.
• Will sit or stand at a desk and move between offices. Accommodations can be made.
• Work on a computer, use a telephone, and other general office equipment.
• Lift and carry up to 25 pounds. The use of a dolly, cart, etc. is available. Accommodations honored
and assistance from other staff are strongly encouraged.
• This position will be up to 15% travel, mostly by car, to our regional offices.