National Wildlife Federation
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Center
  • Denver, CO, 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 a highly motivated Bison Coordinator to join our Tribal Partnerships Program working out of our Rocky Mountain Regional Center (RMRC), in Denver. Work from a remote location may be considered but with required presence in the Denver office as determined with RMRC leadership.

The Tribal Bison Coordinator will coordinate the National Wildlife Federation's effort to restore bison to tribal lands and advance the relationships with the National Wildlife Federation's tribal and conservation partners to advance bison conservation.

Reporting to the Tribal Partnerships Program Director, the Tribal Bison Coordinator is responsible for managing and cultivating the National Wildlife Federation's relationships with Native American Tribes to establish bison management programs and restore bison to tribal lands. The Tribal Bison Coordinator has the responsibility to meet the goals of the National Wildlife Federation's new strategic plan, particularly ensuring that bison are restored to a key portion of their historic range and fulfilling our goals to live the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Coordinator will work to transfer and apply the knowledge and expertise gained through NWF's decades of partnerships with Tribes on bison restoration work in order to foster the creation and long-term support of bison conservation herds on tribal lands. In addition, the Coordinator will seek common ground with Tribes for the advancement of tribal support of bison restoration throughout the West, on both tribal and non-tribal lands.

In this role you will:

  • Coordinate existing tribal partnerships for bison management and restoration, particularly advancing the growth of the bison conservation herd on the Wind River Reservation;
  • Cultivate new partnerships with Tribes to restore and manage bison, seeking common ground to advance the creation and support of bison conservation herds;
  • Plan and convene meetings to showcase best practices for bison restoration/conservation and identify new partners for replicating tribal bison restoration models;
  • Grow efforts to provide educational activities that deepen tribal youth and community connections to the ecological and cultural importance of bison, resulting in increased community support for the expansion of the bison program as well as providing skills to youth that builds the next generation of tribal conservation leaders;
  • Assist with fundraising for program sustainability and growth;
  • Seek and cultivate relationships with additional, non-tribal partners that can advance NWF's bison restoration efforts, including NWF affiliate organizations and other non-governmental partners;
  • Embody an office culture that advances the National Wildlife Federation's adopted values of collaboration, empowerment, inclusivity, mindfulness, and mission-focused.


  • An associate's or bachelor's degree is preferred and at least three years of experience in conservation, environmental, natural resources, tribal relations or related fields.
  • Proven collaboration and relationship-building skills and ability to effectively work with tribal partners.
  • Strong knowledge of tribal governance, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management.
  • Highly-developed oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
  • Strong work ethic and project management skills.
  • Strong leadership skills including strategic thinking, collaboration and teambuilding.
  • Familiarity with software programs including Word, Excel, and Adobe.

Travel will be required to tribal reservations and tribal meetings throughout the West. Anticipated travel is 5-8 days every month, 30-60 nights per year.

The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. 

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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