Western Water Project Manager

National Wildlife Federation

Santa Fe, NM, US



Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation’s mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

To support our mission, we seek a New Mexico-based Western Water Project Manager to join our team.  In this role you will coordinate the implementation of the Rio Grande Riparian Corridors Network Initiative to ensure timely completion of project deliverables.  Additionally you will coordinate communications with the Healthy Headwaters Alliance and assist with network activities, such as in-person meetings and policy outreach.  You will also support NWF’s strategic expansion of the Western Water program by participating in planning, fundraising, and outreach activities and cultivate diverse partnerships with community groups and organizations with shared interests in water and wildlife.  You’ll approach program activities with equity at the forefront, and support equity and justice initiatives as they relate to program activities and outreach.  You will also coordinate with our state affiliates to ensure cohesion and collaboration across larger conservation initiatives.

This is a remote position and candidates may work from a home office based in New Mexico.

Specifically you will:

Coordinate and implement Rio Grande Riparian Corridors Network Initiative

Working under the supervision of the Senior Director for Western Water, and in coordination with staff from the Rocky Mountain Regional Center, coordinate multiple assessments (science, policy, communications, and institutional) and lead the team and partners in producing an action plan for protecting and restoring riparian corridors in the Upper Rio Grande watershed. Build strong, authentic relationships with community and regional partners, including Native tribes, the acequia community, land grants, and traditional land users, while seeking opportunities to expand project impact and continue work beyond two-year grant period.

Build and maintain network relationships among the Healthy Headwaters Alliance

Working under the supervision of the Senior Director for Western Water, establish regular communications among members of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance, including coordinating monthly calls of the leadership team, preparing and sending electronic newsletters to network members, and planning annual convenings. 

Expand and identify opportunities for new Western Water program work

Participate in regional and national planning and development activities to expand NWF’s Western Water program activities, including identifying partners and funding sources for new initiatives.

Media outreach 

In cooperation with regional and national communications staff, initiate media outreach to create awareness and promote NWF’s water-related program work through all media outlets. As appropriate, write content for submission to NWF publications, social media, websites, local and regional media, and membership outreach vehicles.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience in project coordination, program planning and implementation, and establishing and cultivating relationships with a diverse array of community and organizational partners  
  • Experience with project supervisory and/or implementation reporting responsibilities
  • Experience specific to water and/or riparian resources, policy, or conservation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Natural Resources, Environmental Science or Policy, or related field; post-graduate degree and/or relevant work experience desirable
  • Ability to thrive in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, set priorities and follow through to completion, with excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to identify, engage and cultivate key contacts to develop strategic partnerships
  • Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with potential funders and provide substantial assistance in preparing funding proposals and reporting on grants
  • Strong analytic and communication skills, both oral and written. Proficiency in Spanish helpful.
  • Ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities, and to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process

Travel Requirements:

  • Local travel up to 10 times per month; extended travel 1-2 times per month
  • Up to 20 nights a year
  • Occasional long drives up to 5 hours


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.

The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000 annually.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/DEIJ.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.






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