The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership seeks a contract/consultant position to support the development and implementation of the TRCP’s new Rio Grande Program. The contract position is responsible for the strategic and tactical leadership and issue-based advocacy to influence public policy in New Mexico and Colorado via the following three-pronged approach:
- Promoting science-based conservation and policy
The TRCP takes a science-based approach to conservation that balances sportsmen/women and outdoor recreation access with responsible management of public and private lands.
- Building coalitions and empowering leaders from the sportsmen-conservation community and beyond
The TRCP builds constituencies to find solutions to land and water-use challenges and works with hunters and anglers and the conservation and outdoor recreation community to provide public access to fish and wildlife resources, conserve habitat, and fund conservation programs.
- Implementing public education campaigns and conservation advocacy
The TRCP uses public education tools to effectively advance public policy at the federal and state level through strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, media generation, civic involvement, and scientific research.
TRCP’s Rio Grande Program focuses on working with partners to direct federal and state policy to increase the pace and scale of watershed restoration and protection efforts that enhance the resiliency of key watersheds to climate change.
The Rio Grande Program Coordinator will be a temporary contract position with an opportunity to transition to full-time staff. This position will report to the TRCP Director of Water Resources. The length of the contract will be one year. The position is expected to work independently, manage their schedule, and spend part-time or full-time hours as necessary to complete the scope of work and duties of the role. TRCP will pay invoices for hours worked. This is an independent contractor role. No payroll taxes will be withheld, and the individual is responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes arising from the compensation received. No benefits or other perks of employment are provided.
The Rio Grande Program Coordinator will work directly with TRCP staff and partners and have a great deal of responsibility and ownership over projects. The candidate must possess extraordinary organizational skills and be an integral part of the organization’s growth. The position will be remote within New Mexico, with a strong preference for being located within easy travel distance of Santa Fe. The position will be required to travel throughout Northern New Mexico and Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
- Develop, in coordination with partners, a long-term strategy to direct resources through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and other federal funding programs to support priority watershed restoration/resilience strategies and projects in New Mexico and Colorado (San Luis Valley). The coordinator will also inform ongoing BIL implementation, build relationships with key BIL decision-makers, and inform partners on federal funding opportunities.
- Assist TRCP’s Director of Water Resources in drafting a strategy to expand the utilization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and other cooperative federal-state funding opportunities in New Mexico and Colorado to support the implementation of nature-based approaches such as restoring source water wetland and riparian systems.
- Assist TRCP’s Director of Water Resources and partners in advancing Federal and state policies that reduce universal barriers to accessing public funds for watershed restoration and resilience efforts, with an initial focus on building support within the hunting and angling community for securing adding state-level conservation funds in New Mexico.
- Build strategic partnerships to advance the pace and scale of watershed restoration in New Mexico and Colorado, including working with Tribes, Pueblos, and acequia communities.
- Assist TRCP’s Director of Water Resources and Director of Strategic Partnerships in building a diverse community of hunting and fishing advocates in the San Luis Valley to participate in the Colorado Water Plan update and ongoing policy and programmatic development.
- Support outreach and education activities with partners and stakeholders on federal funding opportunities and build support for nature-based approaches to climate resilience to benefit fish and wildlife, habitat, and people.
- Serve as TRCP’s liaison to partners in the San Juan and Gila watersheds on informing Federal policies (e.g., Farm Bill) and Colorado River Basin management (e.g., demand management, interim guidelines) and build strategic relationships with New Mexico and Colorado decision-makers.
- Support partners, as needed, in securing federal and state funds to enhance on-the-ground organizational capacity to build a pipeline of watershed restoration projects and implementation of priority projects.
- Serve as TRCP’s representative in existing New Mexico conservation coalitions and partnerships such as the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Coordinating Group.
- Support an organizational culture rooted in a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that is aligned with our mission and values.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND COMPETENCIES
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in natural resources management or environmental policy and 3-5 years’ experience in policy, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service, project management, or related field is required. Experience in western water policy, public lands management, federal and state funding opportunities for watershed restoration, and wildlife-related issues is preferred.
- Successful track record in developing or managing watershed restoration project development and implementation, including building strong relationships with federal and state agencies. Familiarity with federal and state funding processes for watershed restoration projects in New Mexico is preferred.
- Experience working in federal and state government processes, especially with New Mexico congressional members, state legislators, and federal and state agencies. Strong preference for experience in advancing state-level policies and programming in New Mexico.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to synthesize and interpret complex information for various audiences. Comfort with presenting and engaging others in public speaking events.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to collaborate, build, and lead coalitions with diverse partners. The candidate ideally has solid and existing relationships with key conservation partners and stakeholders in New Mexico
- Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting project deadlines and financial goals and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
- Possession of solid leadership, training, and mentoring skills in a professional setting.
- Ability to problem-solve independently and with a team and desire to excel in a high-performance culture.
- Flexibility and comfort working in a growing environment and pivoting to solutions as the organization grows.
- Kindness and respect for others.
- Willingness and ability to travel as needed throughout New Mexico and Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Some weekends and evenings may be required.
- Bilingual – English and Spanish – a plus.
- Enthusiasm for the outdoors and conservation; hunting/fishing background a plus (but not required).
The annual budget for this contract position is $70,000. The TRCP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Office location is remote, but candidates must be based in the Santa Fe region of New Mexico.
Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation vision, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership aims to guarantee all Americans access to quality places to hunt and fish. Founded in 2002, the TRCP is the largest coalition of conservation organizations in the country, uniting and amplifying the voices of sportsmen and women by convening hunting and fishing groups, conservation organizations, and outdoor businesses to a common purpose. The organization now includes 61 partner groups, scores of businesses, and more than 130,000 individuals united around America’s conservation legacy. The TRCP has earned a strong reputation for providing nonpartisan policy advocacy—in Washington D.C. and across the nation—to strengthen broad-based conservation efforts, protect wildlife and fish habitat, and ensure public access to natural resources.
To apply for this position, email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Rio Grande Project Coordinator.” The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.