Representative, Rockies & Plains Program

Defenders of Wildlife

Denver, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $54,000 - $60,000
Required Experience 2 - 6 years


This professional-level position is responsible for overseeing and implementing Defenders’ strategic plan objectives and strategies to promote restoration of wolves to the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado. The goal of this program is to pave the way for wolf restoration in Colorado by strengthening the already-strong base of support for wolves in Colorado (around 70% in many polls) and mobilizing these supporters to promote restoration. 

Conservation priorities include: 1) protecting and expanding habitats for wolves on public, tribal and private lands; 2) protecting populations of wolves from human-caused threats; 3) improving conservation and management of public lands in these regions. The Representative pursues conservation objectives through a variety of tools including strengthening and mobilizing support, securing science-based policies and plans, cultivating diverse messengers, implementing predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies with partnering landowners and livestock owners/managers, and other means.

This position requires knowledge and experience in a broad array of wolf conservation issues, including predator ecology, state and federal predator policies, federal land management policy and predator-livestock conflict reduction strategies. Knowledge of and familiarity with key stakeholders, agencies and organizations engaged in wolf/grizzly conservation is required, as well as demonstrated established ties to the larger conservation community.

The Representative works closely with the Denver-based national outreach representative and D.C.-based communications staff to inform the public of the importance of wolf recovery to restore Colorado’s natural balance, work with diverse stakeholders to pave the way for wolves in the state, and grow a large in-state constituency in active support of this goal. The Representative also works with other staff members in the Rockies and Plains program and throughout Defenders in implementing the overall mission and goals of Defenders and may be responsible for other duties as assigned.

This position requires working independently with minimal oversight.


  • Lead Defenders’ efforts for wolf conservation in Colorado in coordination with other partners.
  • Increase support for wolf conservation among Coloradans, including diverse constituencies such as: private landowners; livestock owners; outdoor recreation businesses; fish and wildlife conservation enthusiasts; academics; local, state and federal officials; and religious, scientific and environmental organizations.
  • Mobilize Coloradans to promote and support positive agency actions to conserve and recover wolves and oppose anti-wolf actions that undermine or are contrary to wolf restoration.
  • Represent Defenders in selected working groups, committees, and processes.
  • Represent Defenders and Defenders’ interests to the public, the media, and key decision-makers.
  • Work with landowners, livestock owners and agencies to promote human-wildlife coexistence and reduce predator-livestock conflicts in advance of wolf restoration.
  • 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 proposed land-use activities in coordination with other programs in Defenders.
  • Influence federal, state, and local wildlife policies and management through administrative, legislative, judicial, and other forums, 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
    • Recommending and facilitating species restoration and reintroduction projects as appropriate
    • Participating in direct and grassroots lobbying of the U.S. Congress and appropriate state legislatures and agencies.

Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent
  • Experience: 4 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


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 2


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


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

Critical Thinking

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  • 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
  • Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
  • Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work.

Project Management

  • Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  • Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  • Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues

Coalition and Community Engagement

  • 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.
  • Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate issues impacting Defenders’ mission and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
  • Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.

Conservation Knowledge

  • Familiarity with Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
  • Familiarity with national and regional social, political and ecological landscapes

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

  • Experience with wolf research, policy, or management
  • Experience working with ranching and/or hunting communities
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Colorado and be productive remotely


Physical Activities

Check all that apply


(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly

  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like. O
  • Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces. N
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. C
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another. O
  • Adjusting or moving objects up to 10 pounds in all directions. O
  • Communicating with others to exchange information. C
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers. C
  • Operating machinery and/or power tools. N
  • Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment. O
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned. C

Environmental Conditions

Check all that apply


(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly

  • Low temperatures. O
  • High temperatures. O
  • Outdoor elements such as precipitation and wind. O
  • Noisy environments. O
  • Hazardous conditions. N
  • Poor ventilation. N
  • Small and/or enclosed spaces. N

No adverse environmental conditions expected.

Physical Demands

Check only one

  • Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.
  • Light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds. X
  • Medium work that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Heavy work that includes moving objects up to 100 pounds or more.

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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 of Wildlife 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.

Defenders of Wildlife provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, sex national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family/parental status, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in all personnel actions.

Please be advised this position is union-eligible. 


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Category Admin & Leadership, Restoration, Wildlife
Tags Outreach