Nevada Wildlife Federation Executive Director

About the Nevada Wildlife Federation

The Nevada Wildlife Federation (NvWF) is the oldest statewide conservation organization dedicated to sustaining Nevada’s wildlife through conservation and education. Since 1951, we have defended Nevada’s public lands and the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, ensured responsible management of Nevada’s water, connected kids to nature, supported Nevada’s sporting heritage, and advocated for habitat restoration and collaboratively-developed conservation policy solutions. The NvWF has been led by an all-volunteer board of directors, and is now growing with the addition of professional staff.

The NvWF is an independent nonprofit organization that serves as the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Through this partnership, the NvWF takes the lead on state and local conservation efforts, while collaborating with the NWF on a wide variety of national and regional issues.

Position Description

Goals: Collaborate with the NvWF board of directors (BOD) to strengthen the organization and position the NvWF as a leading and influential wildlife advocacy organization in Nevada. 

Activities and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


Programmatic Leadership focused on advocacy for wildlife and habitat conservation while building a base of conservationists across the state by engaging people in Nevada’s outdoor heritage – 50% of time

  • Demonstrate wide and bi-partisan support for the conservation of public lands while advancing a proactive public lands and wildlife agenda.
  • Support proactive policies/projects that maintain, enhance, and restore wildlife migration corridors.
  • Tell the story of irresponsible oil & gas leasing and its harmful impacts on wildlife habitat in Nevada.
  • Create and promote opportunities for Nevadans from all walks of life to engage in conservation advocacy and appreciate public lands.
  • Partner with the NWF and other conservation and sporting organizations on policy advocacy regarding conservation, public lands, sporting, and wildlife issues.
  • Leverage existing NWF and partner programs to build a base of conservationists across the state, including expansion of the non-partisan “Camo at the Capitol” program into Nevada.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with relevant local, state, and federal elected representatives and agency officials.

Fundraising, Financial, and Communications leadership to ensure the organization is on sound financial footing and both visible and well-respected in Nevada – 30% of time

  • Ensure the NvWF has sufficient funding to support staff and programs in the short and long term.
  • Collaborate with the NvWF board of directors (BOD) to develop and implement a fundraising plan that achieves organizational financial sustainability and a diversified funding portfolio.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with funding organizations and individual donors.
  • Effectively represent and communicate the NvWF’s mission, goals, programs, and campaigns to the BOD, members, and the public in Nevada.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan that integrates and advances programmatic, fundraising, membership, and branding goals using a variety of platforms.


Organizational Administration and Management to strengthen the operational efficiency of the organization – 20% of time

  • Collaborate with the BOD to lead the development of a strategic plan through a facilitated process.
  • Strengthen the BOD through the addition of new members with a focus on increased cultural-political-geographic-age diversity and through appropriate board trainings.
  • Oversee the development and management of the annual budget in collaboration with the BOD.
  • Ensure records, policies, procedures, and guidelines are in compliance with the by-laws, and revised/updated as necessary.
  • Keep the BOD informed about the operations of the organization to facilitate fulfillment of its governance and fiduciary obligations.
  • Hire, manage, direct, mentor, and support professional staff and volunteers.
  • Partner with the NWF as appropriate on building organizational capacity.

Desired Qualifications

  • Skills and experience in nonprofit conservation advocacy, organizational leadership, management, communications, and fundraising.
  • An understanding of conservation, public lands, sporting, and wildlife issues in Nevada.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and capable of exercising sound, independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading people and working collaboratively with a diverse set of constituents and stakeholders for the achievement of common goals.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and handle complex situations; strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple priorities/activities, delegate effectively, and motivate others.
  • Skills necessary for successful fundraising and financial management, including identifying, developing, and sustaining new sources of financial support, preparing budgets and financial reports, and working with a board of directors.
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills, and ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences, including the media.
  • Proficient with technology applications and basic office systems.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to attend meetings/events, including evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Fluency in Spanish is ideal, but not required.

If you meet most of the qualifications of this description and are passionate about sustaining Nevada’s wildlife through conservation and education, we support your application.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $60,000 to $70,000 per year, and is negotiable. Benefits offered include health insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and paid holidays.


This is a full-time, year-round position, with the expectation of a 40-hour work week, on average, but will require work and travel outside of regular working hours and a flexible schedule to meet the responsibilities of this role. This position will ideally be based in Las Vegas, or Reno / Carson City, with other locations considered.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest in this role and relevant qualifications, a resume, and three professional references to NWF Director of Conservation Partnerships, Craig M. Benjamin, at, by December 15, 2019.