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OHA Seeks Conservation Associate

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Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) is an effective grassroots conservation group working to encourage and support education and public participation in decisions involving the integrity, sustainability, and prosperity of our community and the environment. OHA fosters conservation of natural resources and works to prevent environmental degradation. The Conservation Associate will work as part of a team to implement OHA’s vision of a clean and healthy environment. 

This position will be open until filled and offers the potential to be long-term and full-time employment. This position has the potential to become more specialized over time, depending on the applicant’s background and OHA’s needs.

Desired Qualities: OHA seeks a clear-minded, forward-thinking, dependable individual to work as Conservation Associate. This person must be dedicated to OHA's mission and have an affinity for the rural environment. The position requires a critical thinker who is ambitious but patient and can balance various aspects of the job. 

Scope of Duties: The Conservation Associate will assist the Executive Director in implementing strategies in all program areas. This person will collaborate on OHA’s projects and events, and help to increase the organization’s presence locally and regionally. The Conservation Associate will work cooperatively with OHA’s staff under the supervision of the Executive Director (ED) and be flexible to work on any aspects of OHA’s work. This position includes the ability to work remotely part of the time, depending on duties.

Compensation: Starting at $20+ per hour, depending on experience; generous benefits beginning after three months of service Compensation will be commensurate with demonstrated capabilities and the level of responsibility. 

Qualifications: 
  • Self-motivated, well organized, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing 
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors under all conditions
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Aptitude for working with a team, working independently, and taking initiative
  • Familiarity with social media and current technology 
  • Proficiency in administrative and recordkeeping tasks utilizing word processing, database, and spreadsheets, etc. 
  • Ability to prioritize within multiple projects and balance concurrent activities
  • Understanding of fundraising techniques; grant writing experience is desirable
  • A background in natural resource conservation, environmental studies, or science is desirable 
  • Must be willing to develop a working knowledge of mining terminology, watershed issues, ecological restoration, the environmental review / public participation process, and other aspects of OHA’s work.

Primary Duties include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Work with OHA staff under the direction of the ED to support OHA’s mine monitoring, conservation, ecological restoration, and/or public education programs.
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate with a variety of individuals and groups in order to carry out OHA’s mission.
  • Review reports and studies that are relevant to OHA’s work and provide analysis, critiques, conclusions, and summaries of documents. 
  • Prepare and present educational material for and at various venues.
  • Educate the public and decision makers about issues relevant to OHA’s work. 
  • Provide articles for OHA’s newsletter, website, and the media.
  • Prepare press releases and other information for the news media about environmental concerns.
  • Provide administrative support as assigned.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and a complete application form with two pertinent writing samples to info@okanoganhighlands.org or Conservation Associate position, PO Box 163, Tonasket WA 98855.


Bonaparte Mountain as seen from the Triple Creek restoration site
Bonaparte Mountain as seen from the Triple Creek restoration site