High Divide Coordinator

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Position: High Divide Coordinator, Part Time (20 hours)

Location:  High Divide (ID)

Reports to: National Policy Director

Organizational Background:

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is a North American nonprofit organization with chapters throughout Canada and the United States. BHA seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places that offer solitude to rekindle the fire at the heart of the human soul. BHA is a nonpartisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for these places and for the outdoor access opportunities they represent. We are the nation’s leading sportsmen’s conservation organization dedicated to our public lands legacy and the waters, wildlife and traditions they sustain.

Description:

BHA is hiring a coordinator for Central Idaho’s High Divide region to work with diverse interests in a collaborative setting. This position will work with partner organizations in developing conservation polices for public lands management plans that provide protection for the rich biodiversity, valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and hunting and fishing opportunities across roughly 5.5 million acres of public lands. The coordinator will help develop strategies that assist with implementation of management guidance and directives where appropriate.

Roughly one-third of the position time will be dedicated to participating in coalition planning efforts, one-third dedicated to promoting public participation in and developing input on management proposals for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the High Divide region, and one-third in communications and outreach to stakeholder groups and enhancing partnerships between BHA members, BHA’s Idaho Chapter, other conservation partners, and state and federal agencies.

This position is expected to require an average of 20 hours/week.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in and support public lands planning groups and coalitions to collaborate on promoting conservation policies in management planning efforts for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

  • Participate in field trips, meetings and assist with group communications, information sharing, and working with agency personnel.

  • Initiate outreach to and engage in conversations with ranchers, motorized groups, businesses and other diverse stakeholders to develop understanding of concerns around public lands management and to build community trust.

  • Work with other sportsmen and conservation organizations during planning processes to utilize existing land use, wildlife habitat and migratory data, and economic data to assess proposed designations for protection and economic benefits/impacts of those designations.

  • Assist with development and implementation of projects on public and private lands that restore forest health, improve wildlife and fish habitat, and create economic opportunities and benefit in Central Idaho and the Salmon-Challis region.

  • Work with BHA’s communications director to write letters to the editor, opinion editorials, and letters to state and national legislators that support local, state and national efforts to protect public and private lands that benefit wildlife, water or provide access for hunting and fishing.

  • Coordinate trail and habitat improvement projects between BHA members, other groups, and agencies.

  • Support BHA programs and campaigns including assisting in writing grant proposals and reports.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the conservation director.

    Qualifications

  • Must be a hunter and/or angler with a willingness to work flexible hours and travel to outlying communities.

  • Self-motivated and with the initiative and ability to work independently.

  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences (i.e., land owners, livestock producers, professionals from

    state and federal agencies, conservation groups and non-governmental organizations).

  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment and coordinate with other sportsmen and

    conservation organizations.

  • Conduct work with integrity, good humor and a focus on developing partnerships, building trust in local

    communities and strengthening professional relationships.

  • Knowledge of public lands planning issues, local economies, wildlife science, and public lands challenges

    preferred. Experience providing comments on and engaging in NEPA processes and environmental analysis

    a plus.

  • College degree with relevant experience and strong writing skills.

  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license.

    Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

    Application Review Date: February 21, 2018

    Anticipated Start Date: March/April 2018

    Application: To apply send cover letter and resume to Office Manager Caitlin Frisbie at frisbie@backcountryhunters.org with the subject line High Divide Coordinator.”

    Please attach your cover letter and resume as one PDF document. The application cover letter should outline both your interest in and qualifications for this position.

    Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.