Program Director – Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Salary: $40000 – $45000
Deadline: November 29, 2019 12:00 am
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The Program Director will work collaboratively with SBFC Executive Director and staff to provide leadership, coordination, oversight, and development for SBFC programs. These include the Wilderness Ranger Internship as well as volunteer and partner wilderness stewardship programs. The Program Director will also work collaboratively with US Forest Service wilderness managers on the Bitterroot, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Payette, and Salmon-Challis National Forests.

The position will require outstanding communication skills, strong wilderness and backcountry skills, experienced leadership, and deep understanding of wilderness management and traditional tool use. A high level of physical fitness is also required. The successful candidate will bring managerial, hiring, and supervisory skills along with a collaborative, team-oriented spirit and a deep passion for wilderness, particularly the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness areas.

Program Management and Leadership: 75%

  • Lead the development, coordination, management, and planning for annual wilderness programs of staff, Wilderness Interns and volunteers
  • Work in collaborative partnership with Forest Service wilderness managers on the Bitterroot, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Payette, and Salmon-Challis National Forests
  • Provide leadership and oversight for volunteer program
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, and lead staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Develop and deliver training in traditional tool use, Wilderness Stewardship Performance monitoring, and related wilderness management practices
  • Implement risk management practices according to SBFC and USFS requirements

Administration 20%

  • Create annual project schedules and descriptions and support all logistics
  • Collect and compile data for annual reporting for forests and funders
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop annual program budgets
  • Manage personnel processes for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, evaluating, and overseeing timesheets and reimbursements

Communications, Fundraising and Other 5%

  • Represent SBFC mission and values within our wilderness community
  • In collaboration with SBFC staff, support implementation of strategic communications
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to identify program funding needs and funding opportunities
  • Build professional relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations whose missions and values align with SBFC
  • Assist with local and regional fundraising efforts
  • Engage in other SBFC duties as requested

  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience managing wilderness stewardship programs, implementing the Wilderness Act, and working in partnership with the US Forest Service
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience managing and leading staff and volunteers on the ground in wild backcountry settings
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience training others in traditional tool use and wilderness management
  • Ability to travel regularly in Montana and Idaho, year-round, on multi-day trips in front and backcountry settings
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with staff, board, FS partners, volunteers, community members, and others
  • Knowledge in using social media and spreadsheets, reporting and budgeting
  • High level of physical fitness and ability to lift 50 pounds or more and walk 15 or more miles daily in a backcountry setting, carrying a fully loaded backpack and tools.


Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references combined into a single PDF file to no later than 5 pm Mountain Time, November 29, 2019. In the subject line: Program Director.