Executive Director

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Boulder , Colorado


Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to healing the land, strengthening our communities, and building great friendships among our volunteers. WRV organizes thousands of volunteers in partnership with public land agencies to complete more than 100 land restoration and conservation projects in Colorado and southern Wyoming each year. Projects range in length from just a couple of hours or a single day to a weekend or longer, and feature camping and great food in beautiful places. We have a diverse youth and inclusiveness program and a comprehensive volunteer leadership development program. In 2017, we hit our 1,000th project, our 40,000th volunteer experience, and $10 million in volunteer time and expertise.

Colorado needs nature stewards, and people need nature. Colorado is world-famous for its spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. However, Colorado’s forests, streams and trails are suffering from the combined impacts of a growing population, recent devastating floods, and wildfires, while the resources dwindle for caring for these wild places. Volunteer stewardship is essential. Land management agencies are increasingly eager to engage volunteers, yet fewer than 1% of Coloradans are engaged in land stewardship.

We believe there is vast potential to increase participation and build a culture of stewardship. WRV is all about putting the needs of the land and people together. They were made for each other.


WRV’s Board of Directors seeks an Executive Director to build on WRV’s significant success and to lead the organization to new levels of achievement and impact.

The Executive Director currently manages an annual operating budget of $1.5 million, and a professional staff of 16 people located in two offices, one in Boulder and one in Ft. Collins. The Executive Director also has ultimate responsibility for managing more than 3,500 volunteers on seasonal projects.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing WRV’s overall operations and reporting to the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include organizational strategic planning, financial management, staff management, fund development, partnership development, marketing oversight, and program/project oversight. The Executive Director leads WRV’s continuing efforts to build a vibrant community of staff and volunteers who are fully committed to implementing WRV’s mission across the region.


To lead WRV in its next chapter of growth and development, the incoming Executive Director must bring skills and attribute in the following areas:

Strategic Leadership

  • Commitment to WRV’s mission with demonstrated interest and/or involvement in land stewardship efforts.
  • Experience in developing and implementing clear strategic vision and building buy-in with key stakeholders for a social-based enterprise.
  • Some experience with public agencies and understanding the complexity of land management as well as the diversity of stakeholders would be helpful.

Revenue Generation

  • Proven experience in building and managing multiple revenue streams
  • Proven ability to develop long-term relationships with donors of unrestricted funds; proactive and enthusiastic in building sources of financial support.
  • Experience in building revenue development plans and budgets.
  • Experience in developing and negotiating fee-for-service project revenue opportunities.
  • Ability to support staff in grant application processes and write strategically important grants.

Program Oversight

  • Knowledge of complex project management techniques.
  • Some experience in developing and implementing effective program evaluation tools and approaches.
  • Knowledge of effective risk management approaches.

Operations & Staff Management

  • Strong knowledge of process optimization and efficiency tools, approaches, and techniques.
  • Experience in helping organizations grow into their next stage of development; some organization development/change management experience.
  • Proven skills in staff development and empowerment.
  • Committed to building an inclusive, equitable work force, board, and volunteer corps with an understanding of how to develop such a culture and set of practices.
  • Some experience in recruiting, managing, empowering volunteers.
  • Can inspire people to reach high and do their best work.

Board Governance

  • Experience in working with a volunteer board of directors.
  • Experience in recruiting and training new board members.
  • Knowledge of how best to leverage board member talents to support an organization’s mission.

Community Outreach

  • Proven experience in engaging stakeholders from multiple perspectives and elevating diverse voices across communities.
  • Experience in building effective partnering relationships with different community stakeholders including government agencies, corporate entities, and nonprofits.
  • Demonstrated interest in continuing to find ways to learn from and leverage the knowledge of other organizations and experts.
  • Knowledge of effective marketing and brand management techniques.

Additionally, our new Executive Director must share the same personal values and qualities as other successful staff at WRV:

  • Loving the outdoors and working with knowledgeable professionals
  • Seeking opportunities to make a difference and do something important
  • Collaboration with demonstrated abilities to build strong partnerships
  • Being a self-starter
  • Entrepreneurial, good at networking
  • Good listener, empathetic, respectful
  • Highly organized yet flexible; comfortable with the chaos of project work; dynamic problem solver
  • Effective oral and written communicator
  • Inspiring and empowering.


  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Willingness to work in the greater Boulder area and be an active participant in communities across the Front Range.

WRV needs a leader who is excited about the many dimensions of this work. We seek candidates who appreciate the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of people and perspectives, and who can help the board and staff implement their strategic goals.


To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements at your earliest convenience to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically. The Board hopes to begin interviews in mid-February, so we look forward to hearing from you soon. To learn more about WRV and this position, please visit our website at www.wlrv.org

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate. 

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