Conservation Fellow

Conservation Voters for Idaho Published: October 5, 2018
Boise, Idaho
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Outreach / Advocacy /

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~ Conservation Voters for Idaho protects Idaho’s environment and quality of life by informing, engaging and empowering citizens who care about our natural heritage and healthy communities. ~

Ask any Idahoan what it means to live in our great state and you will understand the pride we all share in our natural heritage.  Living in Idaho means camping trips to the woods, having clean air and water for our families, time with friends on a hunting trip, skiing at area resorts, biking and hiking in our state parks, and countless other ways to enjoy the outdoors.  These experiences connect us and make the Idaho way of life unique.

Conservation Voters for Idaho understands that safeguarding our waterair and natural places protects what it means to be an Idahoan.  We all rely on our elected officials to make decisions that preserve the Idaho way of life.  Our economy, the health of our families, and our treasured way of life cannot be sustained without sound investments and smart policies.

Position Overview

The Conservation Fellow is responsible for coordinating community organizing, outreach, public education and leadership development efforts among ranchers, landowners, farmers, and industry. This person will lead our efforts to build durable support for conservation that includes both rural and urban communities to broaden our movement so that we can expand our relevance and reach to all Idahoans. The Conservation Fellow will work with rural communities around our issues like protecting our public lands, clean water and clean air. This position reports to the Program Director.

Additionally, Conservation Voters for Idaho is committed to providing a fulfilling professional experience for our staff. Investing in our employees, supporting their professional growth, and creating a workplace that is committed to excellence and works to create lasting change for Idaho is the foundation of our work. A fellow would not only be given access to external professional development opportunities and trainings but will have ongoing internal mentoring and development built into their work plans. The goal of this fellowship is to build, mold and mentor future conservation leaders.


  • Coordinate the convening of local conservation groups, and stay up to date on relevant local and area conservation issues and their economic impacts.
  • Conduct outreach in rural communities across Idaho and form trusted relationships.
  • Research place-based conservation values around public lands and natural resources in their geographic areas.
  • Recruit leaders to local boards and commissions that affect conservation and the environment.
  • Develop policy to protect public lands and implement strategies to advance them.
  • Create organized, demonstrable and high profile support at strategic points in CVI’s priority land protection campaigns including defending against public land seizure, and conservation funding.
  • Increase organizational understanding of conservation issues especially in rural Idaho and in the West.
  • Educate and inform the public about the issues and provide opportunities to act on their values.
  • Identify rural organizations active in natural resource and public lands issues in their communities and connect them with advocacy efforts at the state and national level.
  • Create a process to identify and prioritize potential partners in an effort to broaden support for public lands.
  • Build and organize support for public lands.
  • Create tools, information and trainings to help activate local leaders representing ranching, timber, private landowners and other important stakeholders making a living in rural Idaho that may benefit from conservation.
  • Maintain contacts; develop relationships to build power for conservation.


  • Degree in public policy, political science, environment, law or related coursework.
  • Ability to work with community members, grassroots leaders, elected officials, policymakers, the media, and other organizations.
  • Good project management skills on complex issues with a focus on details and organization.
  • Ability to work under own initiative as well as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule and travel within Idaho.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to collaborate effectively.
  • Driven to achieve the organization’s mission and results.


  • Experience with policy and organizing campaigns.
  • Working knowledge of a range of environmental policies.
  • Experience in building nontraditional relationships.
  • Knowledge or background in the natural resource sector or industry such as ranching or forestry.


  • This is a full-time position with a two-year duration based in Boise.
  • Salary is $35,000 with competitive benefits including healthcare and retirement.
  • This position requires some evening and weekend work.

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