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OHA Sought Conservation Associate

Okanogan Highlands Alliance accepted applications for a dependable person to help with advocacy efforts.

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Job Description
Conservation Associate
Okanogan Highlands Alliance

Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) is a grassroots conservation group with an effective track record working to protect the Okanogan Highlands from environmental degradation. OHA works on mine monitoring, environmental restoration and public education in our community. The main issue of concern to be addressed by the Conservation Associate is the proposed exploration and expansion of the gold mine operated by Kinross Gold Corp and its subsidiaries on Buckhorn Mountain.

The Conservation Associate will focus on environmental advocacy. OHA seeks to hire a person who is dependable, clear-minded, dedicated, and highly motivated. Equally important are critical thinking, patience, and balance. Level of responsibilities and compensation will be commensurate with demonstrated capabilities. This position will be open until filled and offers potential to become long-term employment.

Scope of Duties:  The Conservation Associate will assist the Executive Director in implementing strategies for review of the Buckhorn Mine and exploration proposal, and will provide critiques and clear summaries. This person will collaborate on OHA’s media outreach efforts and help to increase OHA’s presence locally and regionally. The Conservation Associate will work cooperatively with OHA’s staff, and be supervised by the Executive Director.

Compensation:  $16+ per hour starting, depending on experience; increases based on favorable review, benefits beginning after 6 months of service. 25+ hours per week.

Qualifications:  Must be dedicated to OHA's mission. Must be willing to develop a working knowledge of mining terminology, surface and ground water issues, and the environmental review / public participation process. This person must be self-motivated, and demonstrate strong skill sets in writing as well as interpersonal and public relations. The Conservation Associate must be articulate, have good communication skills, and be familiar with social media. Must be competent to perform clerical tasks such as word processing, presentations, record keeping, and spreadsheets, etc. A background in natural resource conservation, environmental studies, or science is desirable.

Primary Duties: The Conservation Associate’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate the exploration review, track and review environmental reports and studies
  • Monitor other mineral exploration proposals and projects in the area
  • Provide analysis, critiques, conclusions and summaries of documents
  • Represent OHA in meetings
  • Coordinate public education opportunities regarding mining and exploration impacts:

                  o    Prepare and present educational material at various venues
                  o    Educate and inform the public and decision-makers about the issues
                  o    Prepare press releases and other information for the news media about public and environmental concerns
                  o    Regularly provide articles on Buckhorn mining and exploration impacts for OHA’s newsletter, the website, and the media

  • Administrative support as assigned


If you are interested in applying for this position, you can download the application form and send a letter of interest, resume and completed application form to (If needed, you can send the application form to: P.O. Box 163, Tonasket, WA, 98855.)

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