Conservation Director

Grand Canyon Trust

Flagstaff, AZ, United States 🇺🇸

Job scope

The conservation director position offers an opportunity for an entrepreneurial, highly personable, team-oriented professional to make his/her mark on our organization. We’re looking for an experienced, results-oriented individual with an extensive conservation background. Applicants must have demonstrated know-how and the proven ability to interact with executive directors, program directors, development staff, funders and boards of directors. We want someone with exceptional communication skills. We are looking for a strong, senior-level professional, who displays energy and professionalism in a participatory manner, to contribute to critical teams.

The conservation director is responsible for the supervision of program staff and oversight of all programs of the Grand Canyon Trust. Working closely with the executive director, the conservation director will develop strategic direction for all programs and ensure intermediate goals and the specific activities to achieve them are implemented by program staff.  

Program management ~ 70%
  • Take the lead on developing and updating the strategic plan. This will include organizing strategic planning sessions, meeting with program staff, and finalizing the plan.
  • Implement the strategic plan by working with staff to achieve intermediate goals and activities identified in the plan.  Meet on a regular basis with staff to mentor and discuss progress.
  • Work with the director of finance and program staff to develop budgets and track expenditures. Meet with the staff on a regular basis to review budgets.
  • Assist in the implementation of any management-related issues.
Fundraising ~ 15%
  • Assist with fundraising activities such as writing letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports. When needed, ensure that program staff are meeting their fundraising obligations. Visit major donors as needed.
Administration ~ 10%
  • Participate in the development of human resource policies and assist with any program-staff-related human resource issues.
  • Work with the communications director and program staff to ensure the Trust’s program work is effectively communicated through the Trust’s website, biannual Advocate magazine, media, and any other venues determined by the communications director.
  • Work with development and communication staff to ensure that writing and other deadlines are being met by program staff.
Other duties ~ 5%
  • Assist with management of donor and grant record keeping and reporting.
  • Assist with staff and board meeting preparation.
  • Assist with the smooth and efficient running of the office.
Primary qualifications
  • A minimum of at least seven years experience in advocacy-driven conservation work.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic direction at the organizational level, manage conservation program staff, and develop and implement organizational strategic plans, work plans, and policies.
  • Familiarity with environmental politics and policy. Must have a good working knowledge of water, energy, forestry, grazing, wild lands, parks, Native American cultures, and other conservation issues pertaining to the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to convey information clearly.
  • Ability to develop successful relationships and be an effective ambassador for the Trust.
  • Willingness to relocate to Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Willingness to travel and work weekends and evenings when needed.
Secondary qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation on the Colorado Plateau.
  • Considerable experience with human resource management and supervisory responsibilities, and a working knowledge of personnel policies and practices.
  • Experience performing effectively in a variety of cultural and physical environments.  
Characteristics for success
  1. Driven to achieve the Trust’s mission and results;creates and communicates a compelling vision, practices the Trust’s core values; demonstrates integrity and trust beyond reproach.
  2. Analytical, strategic, and systematic thinking and doing; sets priorities and can anticipate future consequences and probabilities; can create breakthroughs and executable solutions to complex problems.
  3. Strong leadership; proactive manager and communicator; ease at developing positive interpersonal relationships. Good judge of talent; can assess people’s strengths and limitations; motivates, empowers, and develops program staff to achieve results; serves as an effective team leader and team member.
Job title

Conservation director

Reports to

Executive director


Competitive salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated market rates, estimated to be between $85,000 and $100,000. Generous benefits package.


Flagstaff, Arizona


Exempt, Full-time

Start Date

Position will remain open until filled.

Application Process

Send cover letter explaining how your experiences and skills match this position, resumé, three recent and relevant references including contact and relationship information to Darcy Allen at [email protected]