Senior Representative, Northern Rockies

Field Conservation United States





JOB TITLE:  Senior Representative, Northern Rockies

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 4

SALARY: $68,000 - $73,000 per year

FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT:  Field Conservation

LOCATION:  Missoula, Helena, or Bozeman, MT (home office)

REPORTS TO:  Director, Rockies and Plains Program






This professional-level position is responsible for overseeing and implementing Defenders’ strategic plan objectives to conserve wolves in the Northern Rockies. Priorities include: 1) improving state conservation and management of wolves in Montana and Idaho; 2) minimizing lethal control by reducing / preventing conflicts between wolves and livestock; 3) improving social acceptance of wolves through targeted advocacy, public outreach and education, and field activities. The Senior Representative pursues conservation objectives through a variety of tools including developing and advocating for science-based laws, policies and plans; strengthening and mobilizing public support; cultivating diverse messengers; promoting and supporting the implementation of predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies with partnering landowners and livestock owners / managers; and other means.


This position requires advanced knowledge and experience in a broad array of wolf conservation issues, state and federal wolf policies, federal land management policy and predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies. The Senior Representative may oversee contractors working for Defenders on some of these issues. Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with key stakeholders, agencies, legislators and commission members, and organizations engaged in grey wolf conservation is required, as well as demonstrated established ties to the larger conservation community.


The Senior Representative works closely with other members of Rockies and Plains program staff on Montana wolf issues as well as with Northwest program staff on Idaho wolf issues. The position will also work with other staff members throughout the organization on additional priority wolf-related issues as well as in implementing the overall mission and goals of Defenders. 

This position requires working independently with minimal oversight. 


  • Develop and lead Defenders’ strategies and activities for wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies, particularly in the states of Montana and Idaho, in coordination with other partners.
  • Advocate for administrative, legislative and political actions in support of strong state-level management plans that can sustain robust wolf populations using a range of strategies including:
    • Seeking policy and programmatic changes by relevant state and federal agencies
    • Recommending litigation where appropriate and providing technical support
    • Participating in direct and grassroots lobbying of the U.S. Congress and the Idaho and Montana legislatures and state agencies.
  • Secure sufficient funding (state and federal) to support ongoing agency needs to implement needed wolf recovery and management efforts.
  • Coordinate with and provide support for other program staff on wolf conservation efforts in other western states.
  • Increase support for wolf conservation among regional residents.
  • Mobilize regional residents to urge decision-makers to conserve wolves and oppose actions that undermine wolf conservation.
  • Represent Defenders in selected working groups, committees, and processes.
  • Represent Defenders and Defenders’ interests to the public, the media, and key decision-makers.
  • Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders' programmatic and outreach work.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with relevant conservation partners and stakeholders.
  • Identify key information relating to policy, strategy, and decision-making, and communicate it as appropriate and in a timely manner to the immediate supervisor and other relevant staff members.
  • Monitor and strategically engage on significant state and federal activities and prepare comments on wolf management plans and proposed land-use activities impacting wolves in the Northern Rockies in coordination with other programs in
  • Supervise support staff, volunteers, and contractors as necessary.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 6 years of relevant experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for All Defenders

KSAs for all Defenders will be linked back to the website 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 4 


  1. Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
  2. Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service


  1. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  2. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely
  3. Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies
  4. Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments
  5. Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders

Critical Thinking

  1. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  2. Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
  3. Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
  4. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work
  5. Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments
  6. Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.

Project Management

  1. Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  2. Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  3. Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  4. Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  5. Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues
  6. Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion

Coalition and Community Engagement

  1. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.
  2. Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
  3. Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.

Conservation Knowledge

  1. Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
  2. Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes

Leadership and Management

  1. Ability to foster a team culture which models the tenets of the Commitment Statement
  2. Ability to connect employees and their work to Defenders’ mission
  3. Ability to set and maintain clear expectations, ensuring clarity of roles, accountabilities, and responsibilities
  4. Ability to ensure that staff have the skills and support required to perform at the highest level
  5. Working knowledge of Defenders’ business and people systems and processes

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Senior Representative, Rockies and Plains Program

  1. Experience with wolf policy or management
  2. Experience working with state agencies, tribal agencies, wildlife commissions, legislatures, and landowners
  3. Strong knowledge of the social, political and ecological landscape in Idaho and Montana
  4. Ability to travel extensively throughout the Northern Rockies and be productive remotely

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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Please be advised this position is union-eligible.