Title: Public Lands & Wildlife Advocate
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: CVNM Political and Legislative Director
Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is a statewide, nonpartisan nonprofit committed to connecting the people of New Mexico to their political power to protect our air, land and water for a healthy Land of Enchantment. We do this by mobilizing voters, winning elections, holding elected officials accountable and advancing responsible public policies.
We are seeking a full-time exempt Public Lands and Wildlife Advocate to develop, coordinate, and implement public policy initiatives that advance conservation on public lands, preservation and protection of wildlife, outdoor recreation, and community involvement in public lands decision making. We are looking for an ambitious, collaborative, and goal-driven individual who enjoys working with a team, understands the importance of civic engagement in the policy process, and is passionate about protecting public lands, water, wildlife, and New Mexico’s communities. This position is based in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, but remote work is possible for the right candidate, and requires the ability to work a non-standard work week including some evenings and weekends particularly during the legislative session and election season.
- Research and track public lands policy developments across the West.
- Develop and recommend statewide public lands policy priorities for CVNM touching on issue areas including water, wildlife, public lands access, oil and gas regulation, agriculture, transparency, and outdoor recreation that meet the long term goals of CVNM and CVNM Education Fund.
- Engage and educate community leaders and partners to build support for public lands policy priorities, collaborating with CVNM Education Fund programs and staff.
- Represent CVNM in coalitions, interim committees, and public meetings related to public lands and wildlife issues.
- Engage with New Mexico state agencies around public lands and wildlife policy decisions including the Department of Game and Fish, State Game Commission, Oil Conservation Division, State Land Office, State Parks Division, Youth Conservation Corps, Outdoor Recreation Division, and Department of Agriculture, along with other agencies.
- Educate legislators on public policy and assist with legislative outreach efforts in legislative session, including acting as an expert witness and lobbying.
- Assist with accountability, electoral, and other policy work that meets CVNM’s goals.
- Other duties as assigned by CVNM Political and Legislative Director or other CVNM management.
- Provide updates and content for communications and development departments.
- Minimum 3+ years working on issues related to public lands, land management policy, or issue advocacy.
- Knowledge of how of how a bill becomes a law or city/county/state policy processes. Knowledge of Navajo Nation and/or Tribal Government policy processes is a plus.
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and troubleshoot challenges.
- A team player who is comfortable managing several responsibilities and pitching in where needed throughout the organization.
- Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of communities of color in New Mexico.
- Demonstrated ability and comfort working in or with bilingual and multi-cultural environments, audiences and teams in both group and one-on-one settings.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity, and an interest or commitment to work on environmental issues that impact our air, land, water and community health.
- Demonstrated ability and comfort with leading meetings, engaging in coalition settings, and public speaking.
- Experience designing or helping to shape campaign plans and strategies, and implementing or training others in key organizing strategies and tactics like power-mapping, door-to-door canvassing, and phone banking.
- Understanding of ways that community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and decision-maker education can lead to policy or issue change.
- Knowledge of New Mexico’s rural communities, wildlife, and public lands issues is a plus.
- A valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable mode of transportation. Both in-state and out-of-state travel may be required.
This is a full-time exempt salaried position based on experience. CVNM also offers a benefits package for full-time staff that includes vacation and sick leave, as well as health, dental and vision coverage.
To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Lands and Wildlife Advocate” in the subject line. Position is open until filled. No calls please. CVNM is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with CVNM is at will. If you need additional assistance to apply, please contact email@example.com.