Hart-Sheldon Program Manager

Position Summary: Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is a grassroots organization of over 4,000 members and supporters that exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s deserts. We are seeking an energetic and motivated person to manage a campaign to protect wildlife connectivity in the Greater Hart-Sheldon region of Oregon’s high desert. The position will focus on developing and advocating for conservation opportunities in the region, employing science to protect and restore the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, conducting landscape inventories, and coordinating with diverse stakeholders.

Description: The Hart-Sheldon Program Manager will lead ONDA’s efforts to secure permanent protection for lands between and surrounding the Hart Mountain and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuges by working with federal agencies, Congress, businesses, local government, landowners and other stakeholders. The position will entail advocating for land use protection, managing inventories of public lands, managing partnerships and analyzing and commenting on land use proposals. Activities will include facilitating completion of a wildlife connectivity analysis, attending public meetings and overseeing contracts and partnership agreements.

The Program Manager will also develop and implement a communications plan including the creation and distribution of website and social media content as well as communications to members and supporters. Additional duties will include preparing grant applications and reports and identifying partnership and funding opportunities.

The breakdown of duties will be as follows:

  • Conservation advocacy including outreach and landscape inventory (50%)
  • Reviewing and commenting on public lands projects and proposals (30%)
  • Fundraising and Administration (10%)
  • Miscellaneous/as directed (10%)

Qualifications: We’re looking for someone with a passion for desert wildlands and a desire to protect these places. The ideal candidate will have outstanding advocacy and organizing skills, a solid scientific understanding of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, and experience analyzing land use plans and projects. S/he will be able to work independently, manage contractors and volunteers and be an integral part of a focused team of highly dedicated people.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in conservation policy, science, or a related field and campaign management or natural resource management experience. The program manager will be energetic, have top-notch leadership and communication skills and be willing to travel to the Hart-Sheldon region periodically. The person will have experience working in remote areas and will be comfortable and effective making decisions in the field. Experience in the Hart-Sheldon region, GIS proficiency and wilderness first aid/CPR certifications are a plus.

How to apply

To Apply: Please send your resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter stating your professional interest to hartsheldon@onda.org no later than December 17, 2012.

Bend, Oregon
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Human Resources