Conservation Communications Assistant: Montana

Swan Valley Connections
Condon, MT
Job Category
Full time Positions
18 hourly
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Swan Valley Connections (SVC) strives to connect people to the natural world by providing educational opportunities to people of all ages, coordinating technical and financial assistance to do stewardship projects in coordination with private landowners and public management agencies, provide excellent visitor services and public information, and to have strong partnerships in the tribal, private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. We are a non-advocacy, collaborative, place-based nonprofit organization, and we’re looking for a passionate and adaptable person to join our small, tight-knit team as a Conservation Communications Assistant (CCA). Position Overview: The Conservation Communications Assistant will focus on marketing and communications in order to share the mission and work of SVC, recruit students and participants for our programs, enhance fundraising support, and strengthen and increase partnership opportunities. The responsibilities for this position are wide-ranging, and will be split into approximately 70% outreach, marketing, and development and 30% more hands-on in our conservation and education programs. Your assistance in other areas of the organization will lend to your storytelling and communications abilities. Responsibilities will depend on organizational needs, in order to achieve the goals of our mission, which is to inspire conservation and expand stewardship in the Swan Valley. The right candidate will help us to communicate the importance of one of the last intact ecosystems in the lower 48 and the vital collaborative work being done here. The Conservation Communications Assistant will primarily support marketing and outreach efforts, including online and in-person communications — social media, website and blog, event and program flyers/collateral, The Confluence quarterly publication, visitor services, and fundraising and outreach events. The CCA will occasionally work as a technician within the conservation programs, including Swan Valley Bear Resources; aquatic,wetland, and watershed restoration; wildlife conflict prevention; wildlife and native fish research, monitoring, and conservation; forest stewardship; private land stewardship; and other topics related to natural resource conservation. The CCA will also work to support the education and outreach programs, including k-12, college field programs, Master Naturalist, wildlife tracks & sign, custom experiences, landowner workshops, public tours, and community education. The CCA is directly supervised by the Creative and Communications Director. The CCA will also work closely with the Operations Manager, Conservation Director, Education Director, and Executive Director, depending on needed tasks. Essential Job Functions Assist the Creative and Communications Director, Executive Director, and Operations Manager by • Assisting with storytelling • Contributing high-quality, creative visual and audio content • Moderating social media accounts • Marketing upcoming events • Labeling and cataloging photos • Helping to keep the website up-to-date • Writing and soliciting blog posts • Assisting with development of general communications strategies and related tools • Assisting with fundraising campaigns and events • Producing and sharing press releases • Assisting with and representing SVC at outreach events • Providing visitor services • Covering the office and answering phones as needed • Assisting with and proofreading SVC’s quarterly publication The Confluence • Helping with volunteer recruitment, management, and tracking • Data entry • Executing administrative tasks where needed Assist the Conservation Director and Conservation & Stewardship Associate with • Swan Valley Bear Resources efforts • Land management activities on SVC properties • Wildlife conflict prevention activities • Data entry • Native fish, water quality, and invasive species efforts • Equipment inventory and maintenance Support the Education Director and Education Associate by • Assisting in recruitment efforts for education programs • Assisting Resident Education Assistant interns • Providing transportation for students of all ages to various locations for experiential learning opportunities • Data entry
Requirements • Work from the SVC office in Condon at least 4 days a week • Passionate about SVC’s mission and vision • Passionate about natural history and conservation • Excellent storytelling and communication skills • Excellent writing and copy-editing skills • Demonstrated focus on creativity and quality • Ability to be adaptable to fluctuating deadlines and organizational needs • Demonstrated attention to detail, organization, prioritization, and time management • Desire to learn and self-direct • Ability to work well with a team and independently • Open to receiving and giving feedback • Desire to work with and interact with a variety of people (both in person and online) • Proficiency in MS Office software and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar) • Experience developing and posting website content (especially using WordPress and/or Squarespace) and updating/managing social media accounts (primarily Facebook and Instagram) • Valid Montana driver’s license and clean driving record • Be willing to occasionally travel, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed Preferred Experience/Skills/Abilities: • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, or other editing software • Photo and video skills • Degree or certification in communications, journalism, writing, literature, marketing, natural resources, or a related field • Knowledge of current trends in conservation and natural resource management • Knowledge of bear ecology and living with wildlife • Wilderness First Aid or higher certification • Master Naturalist certification NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Benefits: Paid annual leave, paid sick leave, paid federal holidays, SIMPLE IRA retirement savings plan with employer match, and health insurance with employer contribution (after completion of the 6-month probationary period). HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit the following materials in electronic format as a single PDF to Andrea DiNino at by 5 p.m. MST on February 20, 2023. • A one-to-two-page cover letter, describing why you are interested in and qualified for this position • Resume, including three professional references (personal references may be in addition) • Either a portfolio website or two writing samples that depict your strong comprehension of grammar and punctuation, as well as your storytelling and narrative ability.
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Andrea DiNino
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