Job Announcement  

Conserve Southwest Utah is seeking a dedicated advocate for conservation and public lands

Public Lands Director

 a “make a difference” position

Conserve Southwest Utah (CSU) based in St. George, Utah, is the only local environmental organization dedicated to preserving and protecting natural landscapes, rivers, endangered tortoises and other vulnerable species of the region. A proponent of public lands, Smart Growth, air/climate quality, and local water conservation, CSU is spearheading hard hitting public campaigns against the proposed Northern Corridor Highway and the Lake Powell Pipeline with an emphasis on proposing better alternatives that also conserve our natural resources. Go to and our social media pages to learn more about our campaigns.

The Public Lands Director plays a pivotal role in leading the campaign to stop the proposed Northern Corridor Highway slated to cross the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. She/he will take the lead in organizing efforts to promote conservation of public lands and head off new threats as they appear.  The director will also work closely with a coalition of national and regional environmental groups who are intently engaged with this issue.

Central to the position is working directly with community members, government agency staff, local and regional public leaders, land and species scientists, and other environmental advocacy groups to organize action to protect the amazing natural beauty and quality of life in Southwest Utah. This is no small task.  Southwest Utah is politically conservative and rapidly growing. Local elected officials have a bias for development and growth at the cost of public lands and the environment.

Candidates for the Public Lands Director position need to be strong in the following areas:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in community organization and outreach.
  • Good communicator: face to face, written, spoken, public speaking.
  • A working knowledge of ecological issues and human impact on the environment.
  • Interested in fieldwork, leading hikes, conservation work projects and organizing other conservation events.
  • A quick learner who can skillfully assess and work with the social, economic and political environment of Southwest Utah.

Experience and educational requirements:

  • Experience (paid and/or volunteer) with community organizing and issue advocacy, preferably in the area of environmental protection and conservation.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher required. A degree in communications, environmental sciences, law, political science or related field is preferred.
  • Optional but a plus if have experience (paid, academic, and/or volunteer) with Mojave desert tortoise related issues.

Physical Abilities: Can hike 4 miles and lift 35 lbs. (desired but not required).

Conserve Southwest Utah has an office located in St. George, Utah.

Start Date: Immediate – Summer 2021 (flexible)

Full time position, flexible work hours

Compensation:  annual salary $42,000 to $46,000; allowance for health care insurance, cell phone and mileage; 10 paid days off and 12 paid holidays.


Applicants and inquires:

For more details, see CSU Public Lands Manager-Director Job Description.

Contact Tom Butine ( with the subject “Public Lands Director”.

Applicants, please include a resume and cover letter.

Position closes May 21, 2021.