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Program Associate, Public Lands Energy Fellow #14031
Job Type: full-time permanent position
Posting Date: 14 Feb 14
Closing Date: 16 Mar 14
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a two-year Wyss Fellow to engage with the NGP team and regional players on responsible development of renewable energy that minimizes impacts to sensitive species and habitats. Where possible, the fellow will also integrate this work with global experts and leaders as part of WWF’s push for greater adoption of renewable energy. Ideal candidates will just be completing their education or are new to the conservation field with the potential to become leaders.
The Public Lands Energy Fellow will focus on understanding the intersection of energy transmission, renewable energy (primarily wind), and protection of biological diversity in the Northern Great Plains and identifying opportunities and developing solutions for minimizing impacts on federal lands in Montana and Wyoming.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
1. Identify drivers and key influencers for renewable energy and transmission development in the Northern Great Plains with a focus on Montana and Wyoming.
2.Complete an assessment of current and proposed renewable energy and transmission projects, and federal agency status and direction with a focus on Montana and Wyoming. Compile lessons learned on responsibly developing renewable energy.
3.Identify opportunities to develop renewable energy resources and associated transmission while minimizing impacts to biodiversity including helping to craft recommendations to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts of these projects on federal public land resources. Assessing opportunities to promote responsible development including assessing the feasibility of promoting the development of wind energy on already disturbed lands. Supporting efforts to develop a mitigation framework to address unavoidable habitat impacts and identify potential on-the-ground collaborative efforts.
4.Become knowledgeable of WWF’s national and international renewable energy initiatives and integrate NGP programs where possible.
5.Assist the Northern Great Plains Public Lands Senior Program Officer on a variety of initiatives designed to conserve biological diversity on public lands.
6.Performs other duties as assigned.
-Become familiar with federal public lands in the NGP especially Montana and Wyoming and studies that inform better conservation outcomes for species sensitive to fragmentation and/or energy development.
-Develop partnerships with surrounding states that enable learning about impacts of renewable energy and energy transmission policies and successful conservation programs.
-Complete an assessment of drivers and influencers of renewable energy and transmission development in the region.
-Complete an assessment of proposed renewable energy and transmission projects, agency status and direction in Montana, Wyoming and/or NGP ecoregion.
-Identify potential threats of renewable energy and transmission development to sensitive species and habitats prioritized by WWF NGP as well as recommendations for avoiding, minimizing and mitigating those impacts.
-Review and promote strategies for avoiding conflicts and minimizing impacts.
-Track, evaluate and comment on proposed projects.
-Identify opportunities to use a collaborative process with other conservation organizations, industry representatives, local communities and state and federal agencies, to develop a mitigation framework that effectively addresses unavoidable habitat impacts on public lands.
-Assess opportunities for an outreach program to responsibly promote wind energy development including promoting on already disturbed lands.
-Become familiar with WWF renewable energy efforts and make recommendations for integrating NGP energy programs.
-Support the WWF NGP public lands program and be familiar with all conservation activities.
-Participate in WWF NGP’s public lands outreach, communications, and fundraising.
•Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
•Minimum of two years relevant experience in natural resources, public lands outreach and policy, wildlife management, natural sciences, environmental studies, renewable energy development or related field.
2.Skills and Abilities
•Enthusiasm for WWF’s mission and the NGP vision
•Ability to work collaboratively with the WWF team and complete work with minimal supervision
•Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to organize and facilitate meetings
•Initiative, ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and a budget
•Ability to investigate natural resource science and policy issues and synthesize and apply results
•Must possess enthusiasm for identifying and reaching out to diverse groups, such as science and policy experts, in order to work collaboratively with them to find shared solutions. Must be respectful of a range of viewpoints , able to review the information, and then identify policy or management solutions
•Experience or familiarity with federal land management agencies preferred
•Preference for public lands experience in the Rocky Mountain West
•Valid, unrestricted driver’s license and flexibility to travel, including evenings and weekends. Must also be willing to travel regularly throughout the region, and on occasion travel outside of the region
•Proficient with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). Experience with Geographic Information Systems preferred.
•This is a 2 year assignment
•This position is based in Bozeman, Montana. Relocation assistance will not be provided
•Application deadline is March 10th
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-Submit cover letter and resume to http://www.worldwildlife.org/careers, job #14031
-AA/EOE Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
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