National Wildlife Federation
  • Northern Rockies
  • Missoula, MT, USA
  • Full Time

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek an Education Coordinator to join our team in Montana. 

Drawing upon the diversity of NWF's educational resources, the Montana Education Coordinator is responsible for supporting and advancing education and habitat programs in the state of Montana by:

  • Supporting regional recruitment and participation in NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat and Eco-Schools USA programs
  • Supporting NWF's programs aimed at connecting children and their families with the outdoors, including promotion of events such as the Great American Campout, Butterfly Heroes, National Wildlife Week and other outreach events and opportunities
  • Developing and supporting a network of committed volunteers to support habitat conservation in their communities
  • Cultivating partnerships with organizations that can help advance NWF's education and conservation goals
  • Support the advancement of the Education initiatives of our Montana Affiliate, the Montana Wildlife FederationThe Montana Education Coordinator will create awareness about NWF programs through all media outlets. This position identifies opportunities to collaborate with other departments and program staff on program initiatives as well as working with NWF affiliates to implement programs on the ground. We anticipate that this position will include progressively increasing responsibilities for education planning and capacity building, including identifying and meeting with funders and writing proposals for program support. This position currently includes supervisory authority over an AmeriCorps member and occasional interns, and may expand to include additional regional education staff. 

In this role you will:

Coordinate and implement regional education and habitat programs: Work with regional leadership and program staff and national education staff to design (or modify) and implement a strategic regional education program consistent with NWF's national education goals. This includes coordinating engagement of AmeriCorps members, volunteer teams and other education and outreach team members. Coordinate habitat steward volunteer trainings and formal and non-formal educator professional development trainings. Attend and represent our programs at state conferences and other opportunities.

Build and maintain partnerships and network relationships: Research, identify and develop partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit groups and government agencies to expand current networks of regional stakeholders to advance regional education and conservation objectives. Identify new organizations to increase diversity and outreach of program to new audience groups, particularly underserved populations.

Supervise AmeriCorps Member(s): Work with the regional staff to supervise an AmeriCorps member in Montana working to achieve education program objectives; supervise additional members if program participation is expanded.

Fundraising, Measurement and Evaluation: Work with regional and national staff to identify and develop relationships with potential funders, support preparation of grant proposals. Help evaluate program success based on long-term goals and objectives and outcomes.

Media outreach: In cooperation with regional and national communications staff, initiate media outreach to create awareness and promote NWF's programs through all media outlets. As appropriate, write content for submission to NWF publications, social media, websites and membership outreach vehicles.

Qualifications: 

  • B.A. or B.S. in, Education, Environmental Education, Science, Natural Resources or other related field. Post-graduate degree or work desirable.
  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience in project coordination, program planning and implementation, establishing and cultivating partnerships
  • Minimum of two years of experience with supervisory and project implementation reporting responsibilities
  • Experience in k-12 curriculum implementation and training
  • Experience in volunteer management and training
  • Ability to thrive in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, set priorities and follow through to completion, with excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to identify, engage and cultivate key contacts that include, but are not limited to, individuals within formal and non-formal education arenas, community leaders, youth organizations, nonprofit education centers, NWF's affiliate organizations, etc., to develop strategic partnerships
  • Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with potential funders and provide substantial assistance in preparing funding proposals and reporting on grants
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to relate easily and openly with different types of people in a variety of settings
  • Proficiency with word processing, databases and PowerPoint software
  • The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

This position is expected to pay from the low to mid 40's range.

There will be local travel in this role up 12-15 times per month; extended travel 2-4 times per month.  There will be occasional long drives, up to 6 hours required, to conduct regional education efforts.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.  A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. 

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