Conservation Programs Manager

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners


To apply, email a resume and one-page cover letter detailing interest and qualifications to Sarah Bauman, Executive Director, at Finalists will provide references and writing samples. For more information about our organization visit

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Our Mission:

Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument through science, conservation, and education.

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) is seeking an outgoing, energetic, and technically proficient person to join our team leading conservation programs dedicated to supporting the health and sustainability of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the region.


Job Description

The Conservation Programs Manager (CPM) reports to the Executive Director (ED) and will lead conservation work aimed at developing and implementing science-based strategies that protect and restore the health of the land, including ecosystem conservation, riparian restoration, native vegetation projects, supporting wildlife habitat and connectivity, research projects to increase knowledge of natural resources, and fostering scientific, social, and political networks to advance Monument science. Program work is diverse, ranging from technical analysis to collaboration around ecologically-based land management and watershed restoration, innovative financing, and organizing and communications for public engagement and advocacy. Reaching out to and coordinating with government agencies and their employees with expertise relevant to developing a strong science program in the Monument will be an important area of responsibility. Must be able to work independently and maintain coordination with field staff working on landscape restoration projects within and around Grand Staircase. Team leadership and management skills are essential.

People with diverse social, racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without preference given to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, social background, or disability status.


  • Oversee the design, development, funding, and implementation of landscape and ecosystem conservation and watershed restoration projects:
    • Work to design and implement conservation programs for GSEP that will further scientific knowledge of the Monument, address gaps in scientific knowledge, and increase our ability to protect natural resources and respond to climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies.
    • Work closely with federal land managers and private landowners to implement ERWP’s Woody Invasive Control Plan, the Monitoring and Maintenance Plan and existing Memorandums of Understanding with private landowners.
    • Coordinate with landowners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and other state and regional entities, as well as contractors to implement private land restoration agreements.
    • Coordinate with federal agencies, conservation corps, NGOs, contractors and volunteer programs to implement public lands work.
    • Work with federal agency partners to obtain proper compliance documentation before project implementation.
    • Develop chemical prescriptions for re-treatment based on federal parameters (public land) and best practices.
    • Seek out and work in coalition with agency, Tribal, private interests, and others to improve methods, efficiency, and ecological and social outcomes.
    • Develop an annual budget and fundraising plan.
    • Serve as program lead for working with staff, partners, and funders to develop proposals to support program objectives.
    • Work with GSEP staff to ensure accounts and contracts are paid while also tracking expenditures.
    • Complete required grant reports and maintain good relations with funders.
    • Develop contracts for vendors needed for project work, and oversee contractor performance to ensure thorough completion of project work while also coordinating contractor oversight with field staff.
    • Directly supervise field staff through scheduling, assigning work, approving leave or time off, coaching, and performance evaluations. Ensure that project work is being completed in a timely and efficient manner, and staff are following safety procedures and guidelines. This requires periodic field visits to check on project work.
    • Develop maps and other documents through ArcGIS for grant proposals, presentations, contracts, funder requests, and other needs. Use of GIS is necessary for mapping targets and accomplishment goals, developing points, determining acreage, tracking herbicide usage, and recording work accomplishments.
    • Responsible for managing proper use and storage of chemicals and other supplies associated with exotic plant control in a safe and effective manner.
    • Keep pesticide application records up to date and complete end of season reports for federal agencies while working with field staff to complete this task.
    • Manage GSEP’s vehicle safety program and oversee staff utilizing vehicles for program work.
  •   Develop and present materials (fact sheets, blogs, articles, alerts, presentations) to support research projects and for policy reform, development and outreach efforts, and grassroots/ grasstops advocacy.
  • Organize science-based gatherings and workshops, lead field trips, and coordinate meetings and other events.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and ambassador, representing GSEP in coordination with the ED and program staff.
  • Maintain operational knowledge of science, policy, and practices related to desert and watershed restoration, habitat connectivity, and wildlife conservation and recovery.
  • Support local, state, regional, and national efforts aimed at resource protections and conservation.
  • Develop GSEP as a leader in collaborative conservation efforts: using strategies and lessons learned from peers, workshops, conferences, and committee work.
  • Monitor Monument resources for damage and keep records of observations.
  • Identify potential funding sources for building science centered management at GSENM in coordination with state and federal land management agencies.


Applicants must have 3-5 years professional experience in natural resource management or conservation. The ideal candidate will be an organized and resourceful self-starter with a strong passion for conservation, backcountry wilderness and watershed restoration skills, familiarity with Utah landscapes and Grand Staircase specifically, and the ability to serve as a visible community leader and advocate on conservation issues. In addition, the ideal candidate will have had substantial experience working with or for the Bureau of Land Management. 

Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience in natural resource science.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Solid understanding of science, policy and law related to Utah public lands, fish and wildlife, habitat connectivity and conservation.
  • Strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, creative thinking and attention to detail.
  • Strong organization and project management abilities, including interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle deadlines, determine and juggle priorities, and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply science in policy and project development.
  • Experience organizing events and conferences, public speaking, engaging officials, working with reporters, and public relations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel); GIS competence .
  • A passion for Utah wildlands and wildlife conservation, demonstrated by substantial life experience on the Colorado Plateau.

Additional requirements (can be obtained after employment):

  • Hold current state driver’s license.
  • Hold wilderness medicine qualification of Wilderness First Aid, or above.
  • Hold Utah State Pesticide Commercial Applicator License. 


Full time with regular business hours and occasional evening or weekend commitments. Some regional multi-day travel. Compensation: $55,000 to $67,000 depending on experience with medical and 401K retirement benefits, and generous vacation/leave.


The preferred location is Escalante, Utah or a community surrounding GSENM; however, remote work is possible with a commitment to being on site at our headquarters in Escalante, Utah as needed. Financial relocation assistance may be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

GSEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to making our programs and services accessible to all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, medical condition , or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statue in any of our policies or programs.

At GSEP, our commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion goes beyond just being in full compliance with employment law; GSEP actively cultivates a culture that fully embraces difference, with the commitment that everyone is a valued member of our team and is treated with respect and dignity. We intentionally work to foster a culture of inclusion with openness, honesty, visibility, creativity, and trust as core values.

To Apply:

Email a resume and one-page cover letter detailing interest and qualifications to Sarah Bauman, Executive Director, at Finalists will provide references and writing samples. For more information about our organization visit

Perks of the Job

Competitive Salary

Health Care

401k + Matching

Paid Vacation

Monthly Outings

Company Trips & More


Interested?! Send us an application today.

To apply, email a resume and one-page cover letter detailing interest and qualifications to Sarah Bauman, Executive Director, at Finalists will provide references and writing samples. For more information about our organization visit

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