World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer for the Northern Great Plains (NGP) Program’s Tribal Sustainable Financing Initiative. The NGP Program works across a five-state region with private, public, and tribal partners. Our vision is a future where thriving prairies and an abundance of wildlife contribute to the economic and cultural sustainability of the people who live in the Northern Great Plains. We work with private landowners, US government entities, and tribes.
In 2013, WWF and tribal partners identified the lack of stable and sufficient funding as one of the biggest challenges facing tribal wildlife programs. This negatively impacts the ability to hire and retain staff and build comprehensive wildlife conservation programs. As a result, WWF commissioned an assessment of tribal wildlife program needs and sustainable financing options. The Northern Great Plains Tribal Working Group on Sustainable Financing (Working Group) was formed in June 2015 to review this assessment and develop next steps to addressing sustainable financing. The Working Group has evaluated and prioritized specific strategies (US government funds, tourism, hunting, and conservation trust funds) and has begun to build a regional sustainable financing initiative (“Initiative”).
The Senior Program Officer will be the official coordinator of the Initiative, working to implement the prioritized strategies and secure funding to move the strategies forward. A vital first step to achieving the Initiative is mobilizing interested tribes across the NGP to take part and develop a shared regional vision. With the rest of the Working Group, the coordinator will organize interested tribes and build momentum and actions in pursuit of a shared vision for regional wildlife conservation. The coordinator will also work with WWF team members engaged with tribes on bison and black-footed ferret restoration.
Location: Bozeman, MT
Deadline: January 7, 2018
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