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Position Title: Associate Program Director

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada area

Position reports to: Senior Field Director 


The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Anchorage, Las Cruces, Las Vegas and Washington, DC. The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 on the belief that our public lands are best protected when there is a national network of local advocates working to advance a common conservation vision. CLF and its Friends Grassroots Network work to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction – specifically the 36+ million acres and 2,400 miles of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails that make up our National Conservation Lands

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.


The Associate Program Director will help advance the Conservation Lands Foundation’s (CLF) expansion, protection and grassroots engagement efforts for the National Conservation Lands in Nevada and works collaboratively with regional and statewide conservation organizations, Friends groups, diverse partners, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agency staff to enhance support for the National Conservation Lands in the state. The Associate Program Director is part of the Field Team and works under the leadership of the Senior Field Director. This is a tremendous opportunity for an individual to maximize and strengthen CLF’s Friends Grassroots Network in Nevada and its efforts to defend, protect, expand, and restore the National Conservation Lands in the region.

The Associate Program Director will have a proven ability to create opportunities for others to develop and grow, the ability to work with people from a broad range of diverse backgrounds, develop and execute campaign strategies, and work on high-performance teams internally and externally. The candidate is committed to CLF’s mission, is emotionally intelligent and has integrity.


Friends Grassroots Network and Constituency Building Through A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lense

  • Support and guide the Friends Grassroots Network and other partners to achieve conservation goals for the National Conservation Lands in Nevada and the National Conservation Lands as a system through direct support, grantmaking, mentoring, and training.
  • Strengthen the Friends Grassroots Network and CLF’s partnerships in Nevada so that grassroots support represents the diversity of the region. 
  • Help establish new Friends groups and partners, work with partners and Friends groups to build more equitable, inclusive and diverse coalitions, and develop and train diverse grassroots community leaders. 
  • Build partnerships and engage community-based organizations in Nevada to break down barriers to accessing the benefits of public lands.


  • Provide strategic direction for defensive and proactive campaigns in Nevada to ensure the strongest and most inclusive possible conservation outcomes.
  • Work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure strong conservation planning and management for the National Conservation Lands in Nevada.
  • Help identify, develop and strengthen elected and grasstop champions for public lands.


  • Work with the Communications Team, Senior Field Director, and other partners to develop, coordinate, and implement regional communications strategies to support the FGN and National Conservation Land campaigns.
  • Work with Senior Field Director on programmatic planning, and budgeting.
  • Work with Development Team on grant proposals and reports, and fundraising.
  • Actively participate and support CLF’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work to help ensure its evolution as an organization-wide priority.


  • Commitment to the conservation of public lands and enduring protections that bring benefits to community health and vitality, ecosystems, biological diversity, and climate resilience.
  • Commitment to the fundamental belief that change comes from communities, individuals and groups closest to the places and issues we care about.
  • Experience with and commitment to grassroots advocacy, organizing practices and principles, and success connecting with, organizing, and mobilizing different communities.
  • Ability to build trust and lasting relationships with a diverse range of leaders, including, community influencers, decision makers, and agency staff.
  • Commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within the organization and in the environmental movement.
  • Experience with or desire and ability to learn BLM public lands policy.
  • Driving, travel, temporary assignments and extended work hours may be required. A valid driver’s license is required.
  • Comfortable working in a “team-oriented” environment; capacity to inspire cooperation and work well with teams.
  • Experience handling confidential information appropriately.

Salary Range and benefits:

Salary ranges from $55,000 - $70,000 based on qualifications.

401(k) plan; health/dental/vision insurance; health and dependent care Flex Spending program, short term disability.

 To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

No phone calls, please.

The Conservation Lands Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

About Dave Welz
Durango, Colo. Work on behalf of the National #ConservationLands for @ConservationLF. Hunt #publiclands. Love powder, rivers, singletrack. Hate fragments.
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