Grassroots Engagement Director

  • conservation lands foundation
  • Durango, CO or Intermountain West
  • Mar 08, 2018
Full time Enviromental Nonprofit-Social Services Training

Job Description

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Boulder, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, and Washington, DC.  The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007, to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction – specifically the 36 million acres of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, 2,400 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and 6,000 miles of 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 Grassroots Engagement Director drives the leadership growth and development of key partners of the Conservation Lands Foundation to achieve our mission to protect, restore, and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

The Director works with staff to advance the effectiveness and long-term viability of Friends Grassroots Network organizations and associated partners to create and deliver timely, effective training opportunities that develop community leaders with skill sets in three primary areas: policy and legal protections for public lands, leading and managing healthy and sustainable organizations, and developing and implementing meaningful stewardship opportunities that benefit communities.  These trainings will be delivered through the Foundation’s grassroots training and mentoring program, which will provide participants with the opportunity to gain certification in Public Lands Advocacy.

CLF’s commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity is vital to our work, and we believe it is imperative that advocates for public lands reflect the emerging American demography.  


  • In conjunction with the Friends Leadership Council and appropriate CLF staff, the Grassroots Engagement Director will design and implement training programs for our grassroots training and mentoring program. These trainings will center in the areas of policy and law, organizational effectiveness, and community engagement/stewardship.
  • Develop a commensurate evaluation program that captures feedback from participants and implements adjustments to programming accordingly.
  • Conduct training needs assessments for the Friends Grassroots Network and associated partners and identifies skills development or knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.
  • Align training and mentoring with needs and opportunities in local communities adjacent to National Conservation Lands.
  • Act as lead organizer for the biennial Friends Rendezvous, coordinating with the Friends Leadership Council and CLF staff.
  • Mobilize Friends Grassroots Network groups and other partners in coordinated efforts to advance and defend that National Conservation Lands.
  • Support general operation of CLF through engagement in staff committees, support of board committees as necessary, and development efforts.
  • Frequent travel required.


Environmental Protection-Conservation


$75,000 - $90,000; 401k, health/dental/vision, flex spending account and sick & vacation pay

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The successful candidate will be committed to the Conservation Lands Foundation’s mission and will demonstrate ability in leadership, training, and coaching.  Qualifications include:

  • Education and Training skills
    • Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and implementation
    • Proven ability to complete full training cycle (assess needs, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor and evaluate)
    • Familiarity with traditional and emerging, modern job training methods and techniques
    • Experience with e-learning platforms
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations.
  • Experience working on the ground in difficult situations to move public policy is a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience building a mentoring and training program.
  • Understanding the nuance of working in areas that have complex political dynamics.
  • Organizing experience with electoral, issue or policy-based
  • Grant making and/or fundraising experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of non-profit governance and best practices.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within the organization and in the environmental movement.