Now Hiring: Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist

This position is now closed.

The Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist position serves to lead the strategic, partner-driven conservation of sagebrush by helping implement the Intermountain West Joint Venture’s (IWJV) Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands initiative. In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the IWJV entered into a formal partnership to improve sagebrush conservation across ownership boundaries. The partnership is modeled after the successful voluntary private land conservation efforts pioneered by the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI). These partners are working jointly to implement a Memorandum of Understanding for sage grouse and sagebrush habitat conservation. Learn more about this partnership here.

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JOIN THE TEAM! The IWJV is seeking a Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist to support the Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands initiative. The Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of staff members and partners including, but not limited to, IWJV staff (Assistant Coordinator, Operations & Administration Manager, Sagebrush Communications Specialist, Project Coordinator, and Spatial Ecologist); the IWJV Management Board; BLM staff at the Washington Office, State, District and Field Office levels; NRCS State Conservationists, Working Lands for Wildlife, and associated staff; and IWJV state conservation partners. The position is hosted by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) through a cooperative staffing agreement between WAFWA and the IWJV and reports directly to the IWJV Assistant Coordinator. The IWJV is one of the leading collaborative conservation organizations in the Intermountain West. We are seeking an individual that can identify opportunities and engage a diverse audience to develop conservation solutions. The applicant needs to be comfortable with working in a fast-paced work environment.

Duane Coombs previously held this position and we are thrilled to share he is now working as the Outcome-Based Grazing Program Coordinator and continues to support the BLM-IWJV intra-agency agreement in this new role. You can continue to contact Duane at (385) 251-5535 and

LOCATION: Missoula, Montana preferred.

APPOINTMENT: Full time. Minimum two years; potential of up to five years with expected funding contributions and possibly beyond, based on success of the initiative.

OUR ORGANIZATION: The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) conserves priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs. We bring people and organizations together to leverage technical and financial resources, building our collective capacity to achieve conservation at meaningful scales. As the largest of the U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures, the IWJV operates across all or parts of 11 western states and encompasses some of the most diverse and intact landscapes in the West.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit the following materials in electronic format (a single PDF preferred) to Ali Duvall at by Friday, December 28, 2018.

  • Cover Letter that addresses interest in the position and natural resource conservation

  • Resume with a minimum of three references

  • 2 or more writing samples related to natural resource conservation


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ali Duvall at or (406) 370-5047