Western Watersheds Project seeks a Washington and Montana Director to continue and expand WWP’s campaign to protect and restore public lands in these two states, particularly in the context of reining in livestock grazing and related environmental problems. The position will entail administrative and legal oversight of federal (and perhaps state) decisions, fieldwork, data collection and analysis, participation in agency planning processes, media outreach and legislative advocacy. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, be able to synthesize and understand ecological and biological concepts, and have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Coordinate and develop WWP’s public lands and waterways protection in Washington and Montana and work withcurrent staff on existing projects and threats posed by domestic livestock/sheep grazing on public lands across the West;
  • Collect and track research documenting the impacts of livestock on public lands, and utilize a variety of tools to determine focal areas for protection emphasis;
  • Submit data, public comments, and science- and legal-based appeals and engage in discussions with the ForestService, BLM, and state agencies where applicable, about how to protect public lands from domestic livestock, including the use of grazing permit retirement;
  • Work to minimize the livestock industry’s interference with the full restoration of native carnivores on public land in Washington and Montana;
  • Work with WWP’s Public Policy Director to pursue legislative options specific to livestock grazing and predator defense issues;
  • Participate in outreach opportunities including press releases, op-eds, position statements, newsletter articles, and blog posts;
  • Meet with public lands livestock grazing operators to discuss options for conflict reduction;
  • Build relationships with state, federal, and local leaders to advance WWP’s conservation campaigns;
  • Visit public lands grazing allotments, documenting habitat conditions and management.


  • Educational background in science, law, or policy and/or advocacy experience;
  • Affinity for and knowledge of remote and rugged areas in the West;
  • Willingness to travel and camp alone in field sites;
  • Highly organized and able to use GIS software, mapping tools, and basic database software;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to make a difference in protecting native species from livestock grazing impacts on public lands;
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team;
  • Self-directed and accountable;
  • Position will be located in Washington east of the Cascades, western Montana, or the Idaho panhandle.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably administrative or legal appeal) and 3 references in a single .pdf file by November 30, 2019 to Position open until filled. ⭐️ DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 9th! ⭐️


Students and other interested professionals should consider internship opportunities with Western Watersheds Project.  Interns gain unique experience with a variety of conservation issues and activities including opportunity to be involved monitoring public lands and wildlife habitat, engaging various administrative efforts, learning about environmental legal programs, and a variety of other efforts.  More often-than-not, interns are encouraged to identify particular disciplines/passions of interest and are given the guidance and tools necessary to make a positive difference on the ground themselves !


Western Watersheds Project welcomes the support of active members and volunteers who are ready to engage public land and wildlife management agencies and insist on protection and restoration of western watersheds and wildlife.

Much of Western Watersheds Project’s success is attributable to our active membership and volunteers.  Often, it is a member or volunteer who brings to Western Watersheds Project’s attention a problem or issue with public land and wildlife management.  Similarly, it is often a member or volunteer who is in the best position to help.

If you are interested or concerned about a problem with livestock grazing on public lands in your area, contact Western Watersheds Project to learn more about what you can do to help.

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