Program Officer: Public Lands Engagement

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 12:45am


Washington, DC
United States

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Job Description:


  • Leading NEEF’s flagship engagement activity, National Public Lands Day with an eye toward increasing the reach and impact of national activities and involving employers for the purposes of employee engagement.
  • Building and managing a portfolio of strategically designed relationships with donors and federal partners necessary to achieve NEEF’s overall goals.
  • Collaborating with other staff and external partners to promote the integration of environmental education, citizen science, health and wellness, and recreational activities into public lands/NPLD events across the country.
  • Oversight over NPLD activities (i.e. managing the recruitment and registration process, coordinating and implementing NPLD events).
  • Leading the identification, conception, and development of resources related to conservation, event and volunteer management, and employee engagement.
  • Coordination and implementation of an evaluation strategy for NPLD in collaboration with staff from the Research and Best Practices units as well as federal and local partners.
  • Preparation of program reports for Federal and corporate sponsors/stakeholders.
  • Overseeing and ensuring compliance with all existing and new, grant initiatives provided by federal, foundation, and corporate partners.
  • Collaborating with NEEF’s Marketing & Communications team to develop content for engaged donors and federal partners as well as the general public.
  • Designing and implementing engagement initiatives that speak to traditionally underrepresented audiences/communities.
  • Assisting with fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in one or more of the following areas: volunteer management, community engagement, event management, conservation education
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to manage stakeholders from the public and private sectors
  • Strong event management skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Supervisory skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations; and
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit in meetings for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work effectively using program management and other tools on a personal computer for long periods of time.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

Salary: The salary is commensurate with experience. The Foundation offers excellent benefits.

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How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to and include Program Officer, Public Lands Engagement in the subject line. This permanent, full-time position is based in Washington, DC.

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