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WildEarth Guardians currently has the following job positions available:

Communications Director

Work Level: Full-Time Exempt
This position is based out of WildEarth Guardians’ Denver, Santa Fe, or Missoula office.

Position Summary:

We’re looking for a unicorn (but we’ll settle for a pegasus). WildEarth Guardians is a non-profit committed to protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. And while we have a strong team we’re still missing a critical piece: you. We are looking for a creative person who can serve up big ideas that move the human heart AND get them executed. A balance of designing, writing, and producing would be helpful, but your creative THINKING and DOING is what should set you apart. If you combine a scheming sense of communications strategy with a thorough knowledge of environmental issues, campaigns, and stakeholders in the American West; and if you enjoy batting the creative ball with a team of like-minded enthusiasts, we would like to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop creative concepts and messaging, and then drive selected concepts through planning and execution—defining timelines, identifying and securing requisite resources, taking messaging from high-level to final copy, taking visual direction from initial stages to fully executed, and delivering final materials that achieve our programmatic conservation objectives
  • Deliver work on time and within budget, managing vendors to deliver, and multiple stakeholders and perspectives to ensure alignment with the organization’s conservation objectives
  • Advance the WildEarth Guardians’ brand by prioritizing, developing, and ensuring a consistent and cohesive brand is presented in all external communications


  • Ability to expertly communicate ideas, concepts, and needs with a variety of people
  • Positive outlook and attitude and the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Able to collaborate and be flexible in various roles across multiple projects

Domain Competency:

  • Solid understanding of the fundamentals of creative production—video and digital skills, in particular
  • Excellent creative presentation and brainstorming skills
  • Storytelling and copywriting skills with the ability speak to the human experience in ways that motivate action. Must also be able to write for different audiences, products, styles and tones
  • Strong visual sense and aesthetic
  • Deep familiarity with all aspects of production across multiple media

Decision-Making Skills:

  • Ability to digest a variety of perspectives and opinions on a given project and determine the best plan of action
  • Ability to make decisions quickly, often on-the-fly and under pressure
  • Strong understanding of costs and resources needed to achieve a creative goal and commitment to stick to established budget

Management Skills:

  • Ability to manage your time wisely, and maintain schedules to keep projects moving forward and delivered on time
  • Ability to select, hire, and manage sub-contractors
  • Ability to delegate, inspire, and direct to achieve expected outcomes

Other relevant skills:

  • Lead staff to develop and implement communications plans and innovative ideas to promote our core conservation objectives
  • Fuel our fundraising
  • Organize, evaluate, coordinate, and disseminate our varied messages and publications
  • Nurture select media contacts and advantageously pitch our stories to various outlets
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with multiple teams, quick deadlines, and high stakes (it is our only planet, after all)
  • Supervise communications staff; mentor/coach program staff in communications skills (PR drafting, social media content generation, reporter calls, etc.)

You may be asked to work with the Executive Director on public appearances, image, and speech-writing.

You will be the senior staffer in our Communications Department. You will be working with one other communications team member who is looking forward to your creative direction and mutual creative synergy. A sense of humor is a definite asset.

Essential qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing/Advertising, or related field
  • Five + years of experience in a similar communications, marketing, or creative director role
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board, donors, program participants, e-activists, donors, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Deep care and concern about the land, water, wildlife, and climate & energy issues in the American West that we are working to address.
  • Proven track record in creative and successful marketing in the non-profit sector

The position is full-time.

Special Job Requirements:

Some travel around the West to satellite offices and expect flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and DOE plus vacation, sick leave, health and dental insurance, family leave policy, retirement benefits, sabbatical policy, and exceptional work environment.

To apply:

Send inquiries and applications to Applications should include cover letter, resume, references, portfolio of creative work and must be received by March 21, 2016. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer.

Download a job description here.

Grant Writer

Work Level: Full-Time Exempt
Offices in Santa Fe, Denver, Tucson, Missoula, and Portland.
Santa Fe and Tucson locations preferred, but flexible.

Position Summary:

The Grant Writer reports to the Development Director and will be responsible for managing the grants calendar, writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and specific projects, and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects. This position is also responsible for researching and identifying new funding opportunities and supporting Executive, Associate, Development, and Program Directors in engaging foundation personnel. This is an associate position and the Director of Development will prioritize work as needed. Nonetheless, we are looking for an individual with conservation grant writing experience as well as a conservation ethic, and as such, the successful candidate will be given responsibility, autonomy, and independence commensurate with their experience.


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources including being responsible for the grant calendar.
  • Work with Development Director for foundation content and contacts.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Understanding of WildEarth Guardians institutional history and programs.
  • Make/support appointments for Executive, Associate, Development, and Program Director’s as appropriate with foundation officers and other prospects.
  • Maintain current records in database and in electronic and paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Work with Development Director to provide development input for written marketing and development materials (including Annual Report, newsletters, etc.).
  • Possibly create “proposals” for major donor prospects.
  • Work with Communications Director to update and create proposal and prospecting materials.
  • Proofread other fundraising materials as needed.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Brilliant written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.


  • Minimum of five years experience grant writing preferred.
  • Previous experience with and knowledge about conservation issues.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.

Compensation and Benefits:

WildEarth Guardians offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including full health and dental insurance, paid vacation, health leave, sabbatical, and paid holidays. Salary is expected to be in the $50,000 - $55,000 range. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Send the following materials electronically by 2/14/16: cover letter explaining how your experiences and skills match this position; résumé; two grant proposal samples (within last two-years); and contact and relationship information for three references to:

Kevin Gaither-Banchoff, Development Director
WildEarth Guardians

Download a pdf of this announcement here.


At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, interning with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.


Jesse Tremaine photo small"Interns at Guardians get valuable experience while working on current environmental issues. The satisfaction that comes from watching your work contribute to forward-thinking solutions vaults the internship ahead of any academic experience- hands down."  - Jesse Tremaine, Legal Intern Summer 2010

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