GET INVOLVED WITH ALASKA BHA
Open Board Positions
The AlaskaChapter of BHA is currently looking to fill open Board positions! Please read about the open position descriptions below. All applicants must be a current member in good standing with BHA, an Alaska resident, willing to serve a three-year term, and attend monthly Board meetings when able. Questions about the Board and open positions can be directed to [email protected] Applications are due by 1/15/2024.
Southeast Regional Representative
Weekly time commitment: 2-4 hours depending on scheduled events.
Each AK BHA Regional Representative shall act as a local leader and “boots-on-the-ground” representative of their region. They are encouraged to meet and know the elected representatives in their region (e.g., village, city and borough), as well as other conservation organizations and state and federal wildlife and land managers. They will represent their region to the AK BHA Board to ensure a flow of information “from the ground up.” And, in turn, they shall represent AK BHA within their region in a professional manner according to AK BHA’s mission and values.
- In some cases, this position can lead regional volunteers on special projects, form committees that volunteers can be a part of as cohorts for issues they care about but face ethical restrictions in BHA board participation. e.g “Habitat Watch”, “Forest Watch”, “Stream Watch” or break it down by community/smaller regions : “POW Watch” “Peninsula Watch” etc.
Weekly time commitment: 3-4 hours
The Policy Chair will oversee all potential policy items brought before the Board for the advancement of and support for wildlife, habitat, access, sportsmen’s ethics and public education. They will facilitate issue research and verify critical details to ensure the team is working with accurate and timely information. The Policy Chair will understand HQ level policy priorities and stay in close contact with Coordinator to ensure policy items are in-sync with North American priorities and shared values.
- They will attend relevant meetings when possible or identify a suitable stand-in to report new information back to the team.
- While they will work with the entire Board, they will work most closely with the Chair and Vice-Chair to lead engagement on grassroots policy issues and facilitate relationship development with key elected officials, NGO partners and stakeholders.
- The Policy Chair should develop and facilitate written pieces in support of policy efforts when suitable (LTE’s, op-eds, statement letters) and work closely with the Communications Chair to craft communications (blogs, social posts, action alerts, e-newsletter content) as needed.
Engagement & Events Chair
Weekly time commitment: 3-5 hours depending on events, campaigns, etc.
The Event Chair is responsible for event coordination, promotion, and execution planning to maximize public awareness of BHA, bolster membership, fundraise, and build and foster an engaged community of advocates. They will work closely with the Board to ensure events are well planned, make good use of chapter funds and provide a welcoming atmosphere for a diverse array of members and prospects alike and will work with the Communications Chair to ensure events are properly promoted.
- As needed and dependent on each event and venue requirements, secure (or oversee this process) bookings/purchases/rentals for A/V equipment, chairs, tables, ‘porta potty’, beverages (beer, soda, water), food (e.g., food truck, catering, on‐site chef, etc.)
- Make specific requests to the Board to: Provide recommendations for local rental facilities and local food options (if needed). Visit local facilities when face‐to‐face interaction is required. Pick up & return items rented for each event (e.g., A/V, chairs, etc.) from local businesses. Make purchases necessary for event execution (paper goods, raffle tickets, etc.) Provide volunteers to set up, break down, and work the actual event.
Weekly time commitment: 2-4 hours depending on upcoming projects and grant execution.
The Stewardship Chair will work directly with the Board to coordinate and implement priorities to advance the improvement of wildlife, habitat, public access, hunter/angler ethics and public education.
- Provide opportunities for supporters to engage with BHA through a variety of cleanups, habitat restoration projects, and related community education events throughout the year.
- Work with Board and Communications Chair to raise awareness for both BHA led and partner volunteer opportunities.
- Collaborate with BHA staff to develop and execute projects in support of habitat and policy grants.
- Recruit and train volunteers to build a grassroots network to carry out our boots-on-the-ground priorities.
- Develop relationships with partner NGO’s and other relevant stakeholders to encourage community building and collaboration.
Provide a welcoming environment and accessibility for a diverse range of participants regardless of financial means, hunting/fishing background or demographics.
Social Media Chair
Weekly time commitment: 1-3 hours
- Monitor chapter accounts and represent the mission and chapter in a professional and knowledgeable manner consistent with board policies and decisions.
- Develop a system that ensures regular post frequency, engagement and consistent monitoring of social media accounts.
- The Social Media chair may also propose content strategies or concepts to the team including social media takeovers, contests, live videos, etc.
- In some cases, the Social Media Chair may be asked to work with Events and Policy leaders to develop social media campaigns to support larger-scale efforts and grassroots policy initiatives. These campaigns may include a series of pre-approved posts including images/copy/hashtags and talking points to thoughtfully respond to user comments.
Board Member at Large
Weekly time commitment: 1-5 hours.
At large seats do not have set job descriptions as they are meant to provide general flexibility to the team makeup. This approach allows volunteers with unique skills and strengths to work with chapter leadership to understand how they can best leverage their talents for our mission.
Volunteer With Alaska BHA
We are always looking for helping hands to assist with chapter events, stewardship projects, and policy intel in various regions of the state (Interior, Southcentral, Western, and Southeast). If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities please email us at [email protected] with some information on how you might like to help and where you are located in Alaska.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!