National Wildlife Federation
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Center - Public Lands
  • 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 Public Lands Field Director to join our team.

The Public Lands Field Director will be responsible for designing and implementing field and mobilization campaigns across multiple states and driving efforts to grow a powerful and diverse movement of conservationists nationwide to support policies that will conserve, restore, and improve the resilience of our nation's public lands.

The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Public Lands and will work in close coordination with the National Field Director.

The position will be based in the National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center (RMRC) in Denver. Work from other locations such as Missoula, MT, or Washington, DC may be considered but with required presence in the Denver office as determined with RMRC leadership.

In this role you will:

  • Lead efforts to develop field campaign strategies and tactics to build broad support for public lands to achieve policy goals developed by the public lands program
  • Deploy campaign tactics and metric-driven advocacy techniques to achieve strategic objectives and strengthen NWF's reach; for example generating earned and opinion media, identifying and mobilizing grasstops leaders, activating grassroots activists, engaging with elected and appointed officials, and planning events
  • Manage implementation of public lands field campaigns across multiple states
  • Engage directly with NWF's Regional Organizing Coordinators and affiliate organizations to strengthen collaboration on public lands campaigns
  • Drive the process for creating field organizing tools, including: fact sheets, reports, talking points, and sample action alerts, opinion media, and social media posts
  • Ensure coordination and participation among regional and national policy advocacy staff, affiliate organizations, outreach consultants, and coalition partners engaged in public lands work by leading and participating in meetings and calls, and managing listservs
  • Represent NWF at national coalition tables on public lands issues
  • Collaborate with national and regional social media teams to ensure seamless use of all campaign tools
  • Work with NWF Finance, Philanthropy, and operations staff to develop and manage field campaign budgets, submit grant reports, and ensure effective tracking, contracting, and administrative processes


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in an appropriate discipline (public policy, political science, communications, public relations, or environmental communications)
  • Proven success with advocacy campaigns or community and/or political organizing
  • At least five years of advocacy and/or political campaigns experience
  • Ability to develop and execute proactive strategic advocacy field campaigns
  • Ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Ability to collaborate and coordinate effectively and efficiently across a large, geographically dispersed organization with individuals at a variety of organizational levels
  • Ideal candidate will also have working knowledge of wildlife, public lands, outdoor recreational/sportsmen issues, public policy, and politics.In this role there will be travel at least once a month depending on location 

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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