Friends of the Mississippi river
The Mississippi River is one of the world’s great rivers, a natural resource of global significance. Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is a leading nonprofit that protects, restores and enhances the Mississippi River and its watershed primarily in the Twin Cities region. The organization has become a national model for conservation and watershed protection. Our goals are to: improve water quality; conserve important lands; engage people in learning about and taking action to protect and enhance the river; inspire widespread commitment to this natural wonder flowing through our community; and protect our river's unique scenic, natural, cultural and recreational qualities.
The organization has an annual budget of $2.5 million and employs a dedicated, professional staff of 19 who work to improve the health of the river through policy advocacy, education and engagement, land conservation and restoration and other disciplines. Over 27 years, FMR has established deep relationships and credibility with thousands of citizens, landowners, neighborhood organizations, volunteers, government agencies and elected officials.
With a well-known and respected brand, a seasoned and effective staff, a strong Board of Directors, and a growing base of support, FMR is poised for continued growth and success. The workplace culture at FMR is collaborative and fun, and staff share a common love of the river and dedication to the mission of the organization.
FMR believes the Mississippi River belongs to all of us and its gifts should flow equally to everyone in our community. We strive to be culturally competent, welcoming and inclusive of all people. We are working toward greater social and environmental justice, using our resources and influence to redress structural inequality in our own organization and where it intersects with the health and vitality of the Mississippi River.
Friends of the Mississippi River seeks a Conservation Director to lead and and manage its work protecting and restoring an ecologically functioning corridor of natural habitat along the Mississippi River and important tributaries in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond. The Conservation Director reports to the Executive Director and leads the Conservation team (which currently includes two full-time ecologists). The Conservation Director works closely with public and private landowners, funders, and other partners to advance the permanent protection, restoration, and management of priority parcels of land. FMR possesses a modest land protection fund, and the Conservation Director works with the Board of Directors to recommend the expenditure of those funds to maximize results.
This position is right for a seasoned land conservation professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment — a person who wants to use their leadership, experience and energy to grow and deepen the organization’simpact. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and management capability, outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work with and inspire trust with a broad range of partners including landowners, funders, partners, and other staff and board.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time position. The salary range is $73,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental and short-term disability insurance, a retirement plan with employer match, parking/transit allowance and generous paid time off.
To apply, interested candidates should send BOTH a letter of introduction and a resume to …https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ed9b25cd643841898e7fcfc6c91d9f8a
The information may also be found at www.cincinnatus.com.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 22, 2021.
For more information about Friends of the Mississippi River, please visit www.fmr.org. To learn more about FMR’s commitment to advancing equity please visit www.fmr.org/equity.