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(posted 12/23/2020)


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Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director.

The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.

VWA has achieved significant legislative, advocacy, and stewardship accomplishments over its twenty-year history and enjoys broad support from its members, funders, public agencies, and local communities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing the VWA’s five-year strategic plan.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocating at all available forums for the conservation of the public lands in the Ventana Region and Big Sur coast.
  • Pursuing new legislative and administrative opportunities to fulfill our mission and strategic plan.
  • Expanding high dollar donor base.
  • Speaking publicly about the VWA’s purpose and accomplishments at appropriate venues and opportunities.
  • Building beneficial relations with allies and partners to further our mission.
  • Leading and managing seasoned staff of 4+ full-time employees.
  • Overseeing three well established field programs including VWA Trail Crew (both volunteer and contract), Volunteer Wilderness Rangers, and Youth in Wilderness.
  • Implementing solutions to streamline organizational efficiency and procedures to maximize mission delivery.

Please forward letter of interest with current resume to:

Hard copies:
David Jacobs, President
c/o Chiorini, Hunt and Jacobs
901 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Digital copies:
David Jacobs