Leadership Opportunities


Open Board Positions

The New Mexico Chapter 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, a New Mexico 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]

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All seats have terms of 3 years and require attendance at monthly board calls in addition to 2-4 hours of investment per week. 

Secretary: The Secretary will work closely with the Chair and Vice-Chair to ensure the board is operating in an efficient, productive, transparent and collaborative way. Working in tandem, the Vice-Chair and Secretary will reinforce high-level strategic goals and help the team remain focused and effective by ensuring action items are clearly communicated and followed up on and leaders have the tools and resources they need to be successful.

  • Handle scheduling, planning and reminders for all regular and special Board meetings.
  • Record meeting minutes, including Executive Board votes, and archive minutes on Basecamp within a week.
  • Manage chapter email and reply to inquiries in a prompt and professional manner.
  • Maintain board term records for all Board Members to ensure the board can address term expirations as needed and maintain a healthy balance of existing and new leaders. Terms to be housed on Basecamp and reviewed prior to and during each annual strategic planning meeting
  • Track volunteer hours for the chapter to be submitted annually for each year prior.
  • Ensure chapter is meeting operational deadlines including timely submission of the annual strategic plan, volunteer hours and financial reconciliation.

Event Chair: The Event Chair is responsible for event coordination, promotion, 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.

Communications Chair: The Communications Chair is tasked with strategically managing all external messaging to ensure our mission, values and engagement opportunities are clearly articulated to members and non-members on a regular basis. Build and maintain a high level of professionalism and credibility as a leading source of public lands conservation information in the state of New Mexico, and to help shape a favorable public opinion of our organization and grassroots policy initiatives.

  • Develop and distribute updates pertaining to chapter accomplishments, policy updates, upcoming events, state and HQ updates, leadership and volunteer opportunities, etc.
  • Ensure that the chapter is regularly amplifying its presence by sending out monthly e-newsletters, publishing on social channels, submitting chapter news on time and taking advantage of the chapter blog and long-form updates in the BHA Journal.
  • Act as editor for most, if not all, written communications including but not limited to blogs, statement letters, LTE’s, Op-eds, social posts, newsletters and journal content.
  • In some cases, the Communications 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.
  • Develop a system that ensures regular post frequency, engagement and consistent monitoring of social media accounts.
  • The Communications Chair may also propose content strategies or concepts to the team including social media takeovers, contests, live videos, etc.

Board Member at Large: 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.

Regional Representatives (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest per the NMDGF area map): Each NM 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 county), as well as other conservation organizations and state and federal wildlife and land managers. They will represent their region to the NM BHA Board to ensure a flow of information “from the ground up.” And, in turn, they shall represent NM BHA within their region in a professional manner according to NM BHA’s mission and values.


Join Our Access Watch Program

lockedgate.JPGThroughout the West, BHA members are the eyes, ears and voices of public lands. New Mexico BHA is seeking engaged volunteers in every corner of the state to let us know when public roads or public lands are at risk of being unnecessary closed. To learn more about this program or volunteer– email us at [email protected].

Volunteer Opportunities

Keep an eye on our event page for upcoming volunteer opportunities. 


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