West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers), a statewide nonprofit organization advocating since 1989 for the conservation and restoration of WV’s exceptional rivers and streams, seeks an outreach coordinator to build support for public lands and raise awareness of both national and local threats. The position will support the work of West Virginians for Public Lands — a vibrant coalition of conservation groups, businesses, and citizens working collaboratively to defend our shared public lands.
Public lands in West Virginia and across the nation are under threat. There are proposals in Congress to weaken protections for public lands, open recreation lands to resource extraction, even proposals to sell off national forests and other lands. One bill, co-sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, seeks to take away Presidential and Congressional authority to designate national monuments. West Virginians for Public Lands was created to ensure WV congressional members know there is broad-based support among their constituents to protect public lands and their many recreational, ecological and economic benefits.
The WV Rivers Coalition Public Lands Outreach Coordinator will be the public face of our effort to garner support for protecting West Virginia’s public lands, including the Monongahela National Forest, the Gauley and New River Gorge national rivers, and our national refuges and historic sites. The position involves extensive travel throughout the state to give presentations to stakeholder groups and educate citizens about the need to get involved in the campaign. This is a terrific opportunity for someone comfortable with public speaking and interested in meeting people from all over West Virginia.
The position is a 40 hours/week, one-year position, with the potential for extension. Preference for an experienced outdoors person, especially someone with a passion for fishing, hunting or enjoying our public lands generally. Persons with experience and success in building diverse coalitions are encouraged to apply.
Excellent written and personal communications skills required; must be a self-starter who can identify potential opportunities, and have a willingness to attend evening and weekend meetings involving extensive in-state travel. Organizational skills a must, as is ability to deliver multi-media presentations and speak before public audiences.
How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Public Lands Coordinator” in the subject line by March 20.
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