Conservation & Responsible Rec. Director

The Mountaineers is seeking an energetic and hardworking professional, who is passionately committed to the mission of promoting outdoor education, conservation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest. The Conservation and Responsible Recreation Director is a full time position, including some evenings and weekends. The Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing The Mountaineers’ conservation and recreation access programs.

The Director will lead the organization’s initiatives to protect natural and recreational resources on Washington’s public lands and to educate our constituents on responsible recreation. The Director will play a lead role in evaluating and drafting policy statements, maintaining existing (and establishing new) partnerships, and developing programs to engage our constituents with conservation.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently with little direction and be energized about the opportunity to shape, plan, strategize, and implement the outdoor advocacy agenda for The Mountaineers.

Key Responsibilities


  • Execute outdoor advocacy agenda, focused on board-approved priorities
  • Work with partners, elected officials and public agencies to advocate for decisions aligned with The Mountaineers’ mission and policy agenda. This may include signing on to letters and drafting original letters; attending events; and organizing members and volunteers on behalf of The Mountaineers.
  • Respond directly to travel management/ recreation planning processes throughout the state advocating for recreational opportunities and land protection
  • Track and interpret policies and proposed actions affecting public lands, access, wilderness, and rivers
  • Maintain relationships with congressional delegation,providing written or oral testimony for relevant state and federal committee hearings
  • Devise strategy for engaging members and partner organizations on advocacy issues


  • Develop new and innovative programs to educate and engage The Mountaineers members
  • Create and deliver monthly e-newsletter dedicated to public lands issues
  • Maintain Currents blog and Outdoor Advocates calendar
  • Contribute to The Mountaineers publications and act as the public lands and conservation editor for The Mountaineers’ magazine
  • Organize speakers and programs that help educate and engage recreationists in public lands issues


  • Organize volunteer stewardship projects including trail work parties for National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day
  • Deliver Leave No Trace training to volunteer leaders
  • Deliver and/or train volunteers to deliver short activity-specific Leave No Trace “backcountry impacts” curriculum during The Mountaineers courses
  • Manage citizen science program that trains volunteers to collect data about the presence of non-native and invasive plants along hiking trails in designated wilderness areas. (Wilderness Weed Watchers)
  • Manage partnerships with public land managers and secure necessary permits for The Mountaineers programs. Administer commercial use permits for The Mountaineers fee-based courses. Prepare permit applications and operating plans, manage communication and coordination with volunteers, and submit annual reports for usage.


  • Establish and facilitate relationships and Collaborations with relevant partners
  • Coordinate with Washington Climbers Coalition on stewardship projects at Index, Vantage and Leavenworth
  • Work collaboratively with policy and stewardship volunteers
  • Recruit new members to the Outdoor Advocates program and support current members


  • Develop annual budget and fund development plan
  • Identify funding opportunities, write grant proposals, and manage and report on awarded grants
  • Plan and implement special events related to conservation
  • Coordinate with Development Director to cultivate donors
  • Assist with the coordination of conferences and events related to The Mountaineers campaigns
  • Represent The Mountaineers and our issues in public venues.
  • Liaison to Branch
  • Manage interns and/or temporary staff as needed

Candidate Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Relevant college degree with experience in fields of public land management and planning. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Prefer at least four years’ experience in a comparable position
  • Experience working with, and contacts in, state and local land management agencies.
  • Experience collaborating with volunteers and volunteer committees. Ability to cultivate and support volunteer programs and projects.
  • Experience obtaining and administering grants and grant funded programs
  • Ability to effectively reach out and work with traditional and diverse allies on both an individual and organizational level
  • Ability to think strategically and provide leadership in advocacy as well as policy development
  • Experience creating a workable plan for advocacy and policy development
  • Knowledge of conservation and recreation issues and constituencies on Pacific Northwest public lands. Understanding of the policy process surrounding those issues.
  • Ability to effectively create and lead on the ground conservation programming ; experience in this area preferred
  • Administrative experience in budgeting, resource development, marketing, and supervision
  • Ability to use all Microsoft Office applications
  • Comfortable with technology and learning new applications
  • Personal interest in human-powered recreational activities
  • Prefer Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer Certification
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check

The successful candidate will possess the following competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a sense of humor
  • A passion for the outdoors
  • Collaborative, hard working, resourceful and creative
  • Desire to work in a small nonprofit work environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision while managing multiple projects. Can prioritize multiple tasks, organize work, and follow through independently. Self-motivated and takes individual initiative. Sets and follows through on priorities. Holds self and others accountable for performance.
  • Fiscally responsible and results oriented

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit and perform extensive keyboard work. The employee is occasionally required to bend for storing and retrieving files, and to use stairs. Program delivery may require the ability to hike and camp outdoors.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a resume and a cover letter explaining 1) what experience, skills and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you to as soon as possible. Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received by October 1, 2013.

Seattle, Washington
The Mountaineers

7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington, 98115, United States