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National Parks Conservation Association Greater Yellowstone Senior Program Manager in Bozeman, Montana

We're protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations.

National Parks Conversation Association (NPCA), the nation’s oldest and largest national parks nonprofit advocate, has an exciting and transformative opportunity for a creative, thoughtful, impact-driven and results-oriented leader to become our Greater Yellowstone Senior Program Manager (GYSPM). This position will report to the Regional Director (RD) of the Northern Rockies Region Office (NRRO).

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks at its heart, is one of the world’s natural wonders, a crown jewel of the National Park System and a top priority for NPCA. Public policy established in Yellowstone and Grand Teton affects the entire National Park System; likewise, decisions made within the GYE have impact throughout the Northern Rockies Region. NPCA is a conservation leader helping to shape the future of the wild GYE and its many communities, especially in this time of rapid climate change, and we care deeply about our work and our employees.

When you join NPCA, you will become part of a highly supportive community that believes in respect through understanding and is guided by our core values: Commitment, Inclusion, Integrity and Respect. Our core values embolden us to achieve excellence, unites us and fuels our commitment to become leaders fulfilling our shared mission for protecting and enhancing America’s national parks for present and future generations.

Location: Livingston/Bozeman, MT (Hybrid)

Salary: $80k - $90k based on experience (Grade N)

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation and benefits including a four-day, 32-hour work week, paid sabbaticals for staff after seven years of service and more. Learn more about our benefits. (

Position Overview:

The GYSPM will work in coordination with Northern Rockies and other NPCA staff to develop and execute programmatic campaign plans that identify and advance priority conservation issues impacting the GYE. Building and maintaining meaningful relationships with stakeholders and decision makers to inform and support our advocacy positions is a foundational approach to our work in the GYE, across the region and nationally.

The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, creative, strategic and inclusion-minded conservation leader with the demonstrated ability to co-create, implement and measure conservation victories and impact, in line with NPCA’S vision for the region and strategic plan. Key to the success of the GYSPM will be the ability to create and advance targeted, effective advocacy campaigns and to work effectively across a diverse set of partnerships, coalitions, organizations and stakeholders, at the local, state, regional and national level. NPCA is committed to staff working toward justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion both internally and in our work with people outside the organization, and we seek to engage in a culturally sensitive, competent and relevant manner in our work, both internally and externally.

Essential Functions:

  • Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem C onservation ( 45%) ; Across jurisdictional boundaries and in coordination with NPCA’s NRRO leadership, develop and implement landscape conservation priority campaigns and policies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

  • W ildlife habitat protection, restoration and connectivity across jurisdictions

  • L and management and NEPA processes

  • C limate resilience and adaptation

  • R ecreation and visitation use and management

  • Yellowstone Park Protection (30%) ; Lead NPCA’s advocacy strategy on priority issues affecting Yellowstone.

  • Visitor use and management

  • Park infrastructure and other development projects within the parks

  • Park-wide management plans

  • Natural and cultural resource protection and interpretation

  • Climate change and wildlife management/connectivity

  • YFO and NRRO L eadership (15%); Oversees a nd leads Yellowstone Field Office ( YFO).

  • Management and mentorship of YFO staff, interns, fellows and volunteers

  • Budget development and management

  • Work with NPCA staff to develop and implement fund-raising strategies and campaigns to ensure the sustainability of the YFO

  • Represents NPCA throughout the GYE and NRRO, including but not limited to meetings, events, negotiations, and collaborative groups.

  • As needed, mentorship and guidance to other NRRO staff

  • Support NPCA Priorities ( 10%)

  • Engage in and support NPCA’s national priorities at the local, state, regional and national level, including climate change and landscape conservation;

  • Elevate the profile of the GYE and the YFO to bring national attention and resources to key issues and opportunities , including (and in coordination with NRRO and NPCA comms teams) through active and creative media outreach, public attendance, and speaking engagements at local and regional events and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of demonstrated success in working with or leading on designing, managing, implementing and assessing advocacy, issue, political, policy and/or place-based strategies and campaigns that drive change at the local, regional, state or federal level, and preferably with respect to conservation, climate change, and/or environmental policy.

  • Proven track record of managing staff, interns, and volunteers

  • Demonstrated ability to craft, implement and achieve creative strategies, goals, programs and campaigns.

  • Deep understanding of and continued curiosity regarding the social and political dynamics of the GYE area or of a culturally, environmentally similar region/ecosystem.

  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to working and collaborating equitably, inclusively and effectively on a diverse, cross-functional team to ensure execution of results-oriented work and advancement of NPCA priorities and goals.

  • Proven success as an effective, inclusive leader, capable of meaningful engagement and connection across a wide range of audiences and interests, both internal and external to NPCA, with demonstrated cultural competency working with communities of color, particularly Native American communities;

  • Demonstrated experience building, maintaining and leveraging strong relationships and alliances in a culturally competent and authentic manner among key stakeholders, including but not limited to local, regional, national and tribal government officials, donors, and partner organizations.

  • Demonstrated self-starter with strong time-management and prioritization skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and writing skills.

  • Proficiency with computers, particularly with MS Word and Outlook preferred.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle.


Regional travel for meetings, events, and outreach (for example, meetings with National Park Service staff, local community leaders, donors and regional staff). Travel occasionally required for NPCA activities or functions, such as lobbying, retreats, etc.

Green 2.0 Pledge: Our organization is committing to conducting a pay equity analysis of staff compensation to look at differences in compensation in regard to race, ethnicity, and gender, to collect and analyze relevant data, and take corrective actions to remediate pay disparities.

Physical Effort and Dexterity: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is typically required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee may lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NPCA is committed to diversity among its employees and hiring practices. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Physical Environment: Typical office setting; cube

Employer’s Rights: NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the NPCA and employee and is subject to change by the NPCA as the needs of the NPCA and requirements of the job change. The above is in no way an exhaustive list of the requirements for the position.

COVID-19: Please be aware that NPCA requires all employees who are required to work onsite, whether regularly or sporadically to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This position will require the successful candidate to show proof of vaccination. NPCA is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodation to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated consistent with federal, state, and local law. *This does not apply to applicants residing in Montana, Tennessee, and Florida.