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Alaska Representative

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: Alaska

Posting Date: 23 May 14

Closing Date: 22 Aug 14

The position is responsible for advancing Defenders’ work in forest planning, species and habitat conservation as described in Defenders’ five-year and one-year strategic plans. This position requires demonstrated experience and expertise in conservation planning and forest policy as well as biological sciences. The Alaska Representative works as part of a team to design conservation and ecosystem-based management strategies at a range of spatial scales. It requires a high level of creativity and capacity to evaluate information needs and opportunities, as well as strong conceptual and writing and communication skills to effectively frame activities within larger organizational strategic objectives. Assignments are results or goal-oriented requiring substantial discretion on the part of the position in determining how to meet the assigned goal (e.g., putting together a new conservation campaign or producing a research report) in a timely manner.

The Alaska Representative’s work focuses on the Kenai Peninsula, and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests. The primary responsibilities for this position are to: develop and promote habitat and species conservation in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska that will effectively maintain the ecological integrity of target landscapes, with an emphasis on the conservation of at-risk and vulnerable wildlife species; and, ensure that these conservation approaches and strategies inform national policy and serve as models for implementation elsewhere to help Defenders meet conservation benchmarks for priority species and habitats.

The Alaska Representative will work with an integrated team to guide the implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule for the National Forest Management Act, and work closely with the U.S. Forest Service to accurately execute the revision of the Chugach National Forest Management Plan. He/she will identify and link technical scientific findings to conservation action and will offer technical assistance and play a leading role in integrating wildlife conservation strategies into National Forest Planning. The Alaska Representative will also work to apply these conservation planning practices to the Tongass National Forest Management Plan amendment process.

• Implement and expand Defenders’ Forests for Wildlife program through science, field-based projects, comments on proposed policies, media development, lobbying and coalition-building with our traditional partners in the conservation community, relevant government land management agencies as well as Alaska Native and rural communities.
• Promote improved understanding and utilization of current human wildlife conflict reduction techniques in the Kenai Refuge and on the Kenai Peninsula through science, field-based projects, comments on proposed policies, media development, and coalition-building with relevant state and federal government land and wildlife management agencies Alaska Native and rural communities and conservation communities.
• Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, and elsewhere.
• Work with Defenders' Communications team in drafting articles, blogs, editorial pieces, and op-eds.
• Assist the Alaska director with fundraising and grant writing for Alaska program work. fundraising and grant writing.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

• Education: A masters degree in conservation biology, forest ecology, conservation planning or a related discipline in the natural resources disciplines.
• Experience: 4-5 years of experience with federal land use management and policy, conservation biology and wildlife conservation policy. Experience in fundraising and grant writing a plus.
• An equivalent combination of demonstrated education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
• Other:
• Demonstrated ability to work independently to analyze and evaluate policy documents and proposals providing timely written recommendations to senior staff and partner agencies.
• Proven ability to promote relevant scientific research and to communicate the science supporting the policy to both professional and lay audiences.
• Familiarity with National Forest Planning and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) processes.
• Experience coordinating and managing complex projects over time and on deadline.
• Strong research, writing, organizational, and verbal communications skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team whether it is leading the team or being an effective and responsive member of the team.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.

• General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

• This position requires occasional domestic travel.


Contact Information:

Interested applicants please reference Alaska Representative position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

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