World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer for the Northern Great Plains (NGP) Program’s Tribal Sustainable Financing Initiative. The NGP Program works across a five-state region with private, public, and tribal partners. Our vision is a future where thriving prairies and an abundance of wildlife contribute to the economic and cultural sustainability of the people who live in the Northern Great Plains. We work with private landowners, US government entities, and tribes.
In 2013, WWF and tribal partners identified the lack of stable and sufficient funding as one of the biggest challenges facing tribal wildlife programs. This negatively impacts the ability to hire and retain staff and build comprehensive wildlife conservation programs. The Tribal Sustainable Financing Initiative began in 2015, led by a Tribal Working Group, to explore opportunities to improve long term sustainable financing of tribal wildlife conservation in the Northern Great Plains. The Working Group has evaluated and prioritized specific strategies (US government funds, tourism, hunting, and conservation trust funds) to improve sustainable financing for tribes’ conservation efforts.
The Senior Program Officer will be the official coordinator of the Initiative, supporting the Working Group to implement the prioritized strategies and secure funding to move the strategies forward. A vital first step to achieving the Initiative is mobilizing interested tribes across the NGP to take part and develop a shared regional vision. With the rest of the Working Group, the coordinator will organize interested tribes and build momentum and actions in pursuit of a shared vision for regional wildlife conservation. The coordinator will also work with WWF team members engaged with tribes on bison and black-footed ferret restoration.
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