About the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC)
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse and burro conservation organization. We work to protect preserve America's iconic wild herds and the public lands where they roam. We know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas.
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), the U.S.’s leading wild horse conservation organization, is seeking a Nevada State Director to manage its operations and relationships within the State of Nevada. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic team working in Nevada on groundbreaking land conservation and cutting-edge wildlife management programs.
The Nevada State Director will be responsible for overseeing AWHC’s wild horse protection and habitat conservation programs and will manage and expand AWHC’s relationships with the business community, government agencies and public officials, and allied organizations.
The Nevada State Director must live in Nevada, with a preference for the northwest Nevada area. This position reports to AWHC’s Director of Field Operations and Executive Director.
Fertility Control Initiatives
AWHC promotes and implements programs that utilize the porcine zona pellucida (PZP) immunocontraceptive vaccine to humanely manage wild horses in the wild and keep populations in balance with their environment. AWHC’s Virginia Range fertility control program in the greater Reno area is now the world’s largest wild horse immunocontraception program in the world. AWHC partners with the University of Pretoria for scientific data analysis of the program to ensure efficacy and safety. The Nevada State Director will take the helm of AWHC’s fertility control efforts in Nevada including:
- Overseeing the Virginia Range fertility control program and managing the field team in Nevada.
- Managing the program’s key relationships, including with the State of Nevada, the business community, and private property owners participating in the program.
- Managing AWHC’s academic partnership with the University of Pretoria to ensure data transmission and incorporation of analytic findings into darting and documentation protocols.
- Spearheading AWHC’s efforts to develop new PZP programs in Nevada, including building necessary relationships and developing science-based project proposals.
Habitat Conservation Programs
AWHC is leading efforts to conserve and restore habitat for wild horses and other wildlife species in Nevada. The Nevada State Director will spearhead these efforts by:
- Leading the American Wild Horse Conservancy LLC, AWHC’s land trust, and its pilot land acquisition project in Nevada.
- Supporting AWHC’s Reno-based field specialist’s work with local, county, and state officials and developers to mitigate impacts of development on wild horses and other wildlife.
Community and Government Relations
Key to successful wildlife management is strong community partnerships. AWHC’s programs enjoy broad support from key stakeholders, including business and political leaders and community organizations. The Nevada State Director will be responsible for managing and expanding these partnerships by:
- Maintaining AWHC’s key relationships and cultivating new relationships with the business community, public officials, government agencies, and the media to promote cooperative relationships and support for AWHC’s work.
- Working with AWHC Government Relations Director, state lobbyist, and communications department to support legislative and advocacy initiatives in Nevada.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Knowledge of and appreciation for horses and public lands, and a love for the outdoors.
- Scientific literacy with an interest in wildlife and environmental protection.
- Degree in animal science or policy, animal behavior, wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, or natural resources/ range management desirable.
- Project management experience with staff and volunteer management background.
- Strong organizational and relationship management skills.
- Experience with off-road 4-wheel driving conditions.
- Ability to work in extreme conditions with temperatures ranging from 25 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and ability to traverse rugged and uneven terrain.
- Commitment to a culture of integrity and compassion.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume by email to email@example.com and include “Nevada Director” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.
AWHC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital or parental status, or veteran status.