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Program Manager, Tongass Forest Program

Program Manager, Inside Passage Waters Program


Program Manager, Tongass Forest Program

Position Description

SEACC’s Tongass Forest Program Manager is responsible for coordinating all of the forest and forestry-related campaign work at the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. The Tongass Forest Program Manager seeks to protect the forests and intact land of Southeast Alaska, with a special emphasis on the Tongass, America’s largest National Forest, by: watchdogging planned and existing land swaps, timber sales, and forest-specific legislation; advocating for improved and more stringent forest management policies, regulations, laws, and enforcement; and by working with Southeast communities and forest users to build grassroots local capacity for forest and landscape protection, stewardship, advocacy, and engagement. Organizationally, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council employs strategies including policy development and advocacy, outreach to communities and members, lobbying and liaising with local, state and federal government representatives, and collaboration with Indigenous community leaders, the Forest Service, and other Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations.

The Tongass Forest Program Manager will lead SEACC’s forest conservation program in close collaboration with our Grassroots Attorney, Buck Lindekugel. This includes working with the Executive Director to continually refine our strategy to defend the integrity of Southeast Alaska’s public lands by identifying opportunities for and emerging threats to the Tongass National Forest, including taking a close look at strategies to address export of unprocessed old-growth round logs, and to expedite our work to end industrial-scale, old-growth clearcut logging in Southeast Alaska. A successful Tongass Forest Program Manager will be highly self-motivated, a “people person” who enjoys interacting with and meeting new people and engaging them in our work. Confidence stepping into a leadership role while working with volunteers, the grassroots, and grasstops partners will be an asset, and an ideal candidate will have experience working in or studying forests – whether through a forest policy-related or science degree, previous work for government agencies, or in the forestry industry. Background in advocacy, lobbying, and/or policy are highly desirable, as is knowledge of and a strong commitment to working in partnership with Indigenous communities. She/he will report to the Executive Director but will work closely with SEACC’s E.D., Grassroots Attorney, Staff Scientist and Indigenous Engagement Lead, and Operations team.

SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a small but mighty environmental advocacy nonprofit nestled within the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. Our office is a cozy former residence located in Downtown Juneau, a short walk from amenities such as dining, cinemas, shopping, and nightlife. The greater City and Borough of Juneau is rich with a cross-section of all the best the region has to offer. Favorite outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, foraging and subsistence gathering, and outdoor summer and winter sports. Juneau acts as a cultural hub for the region, and is home to a vibrant arts community including but not limited to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Perseverance Theater, and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of schooling options for families of all ages. The city is also famous for its rainy and sometimes gray coastal climate and is only accessible by air travel or the state ferry system, which are considerations for those contemplating a relocation from “the lower 48,” as we call the contiguous United States. A small relocation benefit may be negotiable for those relocating from outside of Southeast Alaska.

SEACC’s compensation package is consistent with those of small, regional nonprofits, and includes health insurance and a retirement plan (401k) with a matching contribution after the first year of employment. Flexible hours are available as a benefit after the first year of employment, with the approval of the staff person’s manager.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a campaign in defense of Southeast Alaska’s public lands which includes education, outreach, and engagement with people across all of the Southeast communities we serve, and which specifically addresses threats from: continued old-growth logging, public land “swaps,” federal deregulation, and round-log export;
  • Work with SEACC’s Grassroots Attorney to address ongoing timber sales and advocate for beneficial and against detrimental public-land- related legislation;
  • Develop and execute a public engagement strategy that educates and engages decision- makers and the public on the issues around export of old-growth in the round;
  • Advocate for land protections at the local, state, and federal level by preparing position papers and meeting with government officials;
  • Work with the Executive Director to improve and grow SEACC’s efforts around Indigenous Engagement and Outreach;
  • Participate in regional and statewide coordination meetings with other environmental nonprofit groups;
  • Manage consultants and future field staff;
  • Work with the Executive Director to manage and periodically refine SEACC’s Forest Program Strategy.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience or study in forest conservation, forest science, forest-related advocacy, forestry, or biology. An advanced degree is specifically not required for this position in order to solicit a wide range of potential candidates, but relevant professional or academic experience is required. This could include work for the Forest Service, in the forestry industry, for Indigenous organizations engaging in forestry or forest conservation, or more traditional educational or professional background working in conservation, the biological sciences, or policy;
  • Background in, or exposure to environmental policy or advocacy work (lobbying), or a desire to acquire these skills;
  • Interest in and desire to work with a wide variety of people throughout Southeast Alaska. SEACC’s work takes us to communities throughout Southeast Alaska, so a genuine interest in the people and places of Southeast Alaska, and an ability to sustain a high level of energy and engagement over visits lasting several days is required.
  • Comfort outdoors and in communities – SEACC staff travel in small planes, skiffs, larger boats, and by foot, in addition to traveling by commercial planes, and visit small mill sites, old-growth stands, and remote communities, in the field, largely staying in SEACC supporters’ homes when we travel. Flexibility and adaptability are key requirements for this role.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • More than two years of professional experience or study in a related field;
  • Experience managing outreach staff, field staff, or volunteers;
  • Experience managing program or project work including identifying, setting, and meeting achievable deadlines;
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills;
  • Background, comfort, or interest in learning to do media interviews;
  • Comfort or interest in working with social media.

To Apply:

Applications should be submitted by Monday, July 24th, 2017, but will be considered on a rolling basis beginning Monday, July 10th. If position description is still posted, it is still open.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a short writing sample or excerpt (1 to 3 pages) that emphasizes public outreach and engagement, presswork or communications, or forest policy or forest-related background and conversance.

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Program Manager, Inside Passage Waters Program 

Position Description

SEACC’s Inside Passage Waters Program Manager is responsible for coordinating all of the water quality and mining related program work at the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. The Inside Passage Waters Program seeks to protect the waters of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage by: monitoring and watchdogging existing and planned regional and transboundary mining policy and mine projects; advocating for more stringent clean water policies, regulations, legislation and enforcement; and working with Southeast communities and water users to build grassroots local capacity for water quality monitoring, stewardship, advocacy, and engagement in public process. Organizationally, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council employs strategies including policy development and advocacy, grassroots outreach to communities, members and the public, lobbying and liaising with local, state and federal government representatives, and collaboration with Indigenous organizations and Environmental Nonprofits.

The Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will lead SEACC’s mining and clean water program in close collaboration with our Staff Scientist and Indigenous Engagement Lead, Guy Archibald. This includes working with the Executive Director to continually refine our strategy to defend the integrity of Southeast Alaska’s waterways by identifying emerging threats to Inside Passage waters, including taking a close look at impacts related to cruise ships, ocean acidification, climate change, and potentially problematic local, state, and federal legislation.

A successful Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will be highly self-motivated, a “people person” who enjoys interacting with and meeting new people and engaging them in our work. Confidence stepping into a leadership role while working with volunteers, the grassroots, and grasstops partners will be an asset, and an ideal candidate will have experience working in or studying mining, or water quality, conservation, or management. This could be through a water quality-related or scientific degree, previous work for government agencies, or work in a related industry. Background in advocacy lobbying, and/or policy are highly desirable attributes, as is knowledge of and a strong commitment to working in partnership with Indigenous communities.

She/he will report to the Executive Director but will work closely with SEACC’s E.D., Staff Scientist and Indigenous Engagement Lead, Grassroots Attorney, and Operations team. This position requires travel throughout Southeast Alaska 1-2 times per month and periodic work before and after traditional 9-to-5 workdays and on weekends.

SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a small but mighty environmental advocacy nonprofit nestled within the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. Our office is a cozy former residence located in Downtown Juneau, a short walk from amenities such as dining, cinemas, shopping, and nightlife. The greater City and Borough of Juneau is rich with a cross-section of all the best the region has to offer. Favorite outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, foraging and subsistence gathering, and outdoor summer and winter sports. Juneau acts as a cultural hub for the region, and is home to a vibrant arts community including but not limited to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Perseverance Theater, and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of schooling options for families of all ages. The city is also famous for its rainy and sometimes gray coastal climate and is only accessible by air travel or the state ferry system, which are considerations for those contemplating a relocation from “the lower 48,” as we call the contiguous United States. A small relocation benefit may be negotiable for those relocating from outside of Southeast Alaska.

SEACC’s compensation package is consistent with those of small, regional nonprofits, and includes health insurance and a retirement plan (401k) with a matching contribution after the first year of employment. Flexible hours are available as a benefit after the first year of employment, with the approval of the staff person’s manager.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a campaign in defense of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage Waters which includes education, outreach, and engagement with people across all of the Southeast communities we serve, and which specifically addresses potential threats from: continued mine expansion and new mine development, specific transboundary mine proposals, federal deregulation, and the weakening of state and municipal mining policies through Southeast;
  • Work with SEACC’s Grassroots Attorney to advocate for beneficial and against detrimental water-related legislation and identify opportunities to advance strategic litigation on Inside Passage Waters program issues;
  • Develop and execute a public engagement strategy that educates and engages decision-makers and the public on the issues around mining and clean water;
  • Advocate for water protections at the local, state, and federal level by preparing position papers, written comments and testimony, and meeting with government officials;
  • Work with the Executive Director to prioritize, improve, and grow SEACC’s efforts around Indigenous Engagement and Outreach, especially with regards to our work on water quality testing and monitoring;
  • Participate in regional and statewide coordination meetings with other environmental nonprofit groups;
  • Manage consultants and future field staff;
  • Work with the Executive Director to manage and periodically refine SEACC’s Inside Passage Waters Program Strategy.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience or study in mining, water quality, water conservation or management, water policy, advocacy, or biology. An advanced degree is specifically not required for this position in order to solicit a wide range of potential candidates, but relevant professional or academic experience is required. This could include work for government, with industry, for Indigenous organizations, or traditional educational or professional background working in conservation, the biological sciences, or policy;
  • Background in, or exposure to environmental policy or advocacy work (lobbying), or a desire to acquire these skills;
  • Interest in and desire to work with a wide variety of people throughout Southeast Alaska. SEACC’s work takes us to communities throughout Southeast Alaska, so a genuine interest in the people and places of Southeast Alaska, and the ability to sustain a high level of energy and engagement over visits lasting several days is required.
  • Comfort outdoors and in communities – SEACC staff travel in small planes, skiffs, larger boats, and by foot, in addition to traveling by commercial planes and ferries, and visit and work on rivers and streams when in the field, including in inclement weather.  Staff also largely stay in SEACC supporters’ homes when we travel. Flexibility and adaptability are key requirements for this role.

Desired Qualifications:

  • More than two years of professional experience or study in a related field;
  • Experience managing outreach staff, field staff, or volunteers;
  • Experience managing program or project work including identifying, setting, and meeting achievable deadlines;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Background, comfort, or interest in learning to do media interviews;
  • Experience with social media.

To Apply: 

Applications should be submitted by Monday, July 24th 2017, but will be considered on a rolling basis beginning Monday, July 10th. If position description is still posted, it is still open. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a short writing sample or excerpt (1 to 3 pages) that emphasizes public outreach and engagement, presswork or communications, or water policy or mining-related background and conversance.

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