Collaborative Planning Program Position Announcement (click for detail)

The Landscape Conservation Initiative, a partnership-based interdisciplinary research center at Northern Arizona University, seeks a part time temporary staff person to contribute to our Collaborative Planning program. Current projects are located on the Navajo Nation, and in the Grand Canyon region, northern New Mexico, Green River Basin, and Sonoran desert. Through this program, we assist multiple agencies and stakeholders collaborating on land management issues including fire, climate adaptation, co-management of lands, habitat protection, and watershed restoration, often using mapping and spatial modeling to help groups reach decisions. The Landscape Conservation Initiative is an inclusive organization that uses rigorous science, innovation, and collaboration to safeguard biodiversity while promoting environmental justice and sustainability.

The successful applicant will work independently and in coordination with the Collaborative Planning program lead, and with other project partners. Occasional travel may be necessary.  

Tasks will include:

  • Supporting facilitated meetings and workshops by developing initial meeting agendas, note taking, and developing meeting summaries
  • Background research on existing law and policy related to land management issues
  • Logistics for facilitated meetings, including location of venues, travel arrangements, managing supplies and equipment, tracking invitations and RSVPs
  • Stakeholder identification and outreach, including sometimes acting as day-to-day contact with project stakeholders and partners
  • Conducting interviews to identify stakeholder positions, interests, information needs, and opportunities for moving forward on challenging issues
  • Leading small group discussions of stakeholders with diverse perspectives and opinions
  • Communications management, such as website updates, newsletters, and contact database management
  • Social science data management, such as interview transcription and survey data entry, and coding
  • Drafting of final reports and other project documentation

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the cultural and ecological diversity of the western US, especially Northern Arizona, as well as awareness of important socio-environmental issues in the region
  • Experience working effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and to seek and act on supervisory input 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental science, policy, natural resource management, or similar field
  • Experience effectively working with groups of stakeholders who hold differing opinions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, including coordinating tasks and teams
  • Knowledge and experience with social science research, Navajo language proficiency, and/or training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Compensation will be $20/hour, with additional consideration depending on experience. This is a part time, non-benefits eligible position, averaging less than 29 hours/week. It is currently available for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year, but may be extended contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume or CV to conservation@nau.edu. Application review will begin on May 29th. Position will be open until filled.

Northern Arizona University is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.