Jobs in the conservation community 

Executive Director, Northern Alaska Environmental Center
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (NAEC), a nonprofit organization located in Fairbanks, Alaska, seeks an energetic leader and experienced manager with political acumen and broad familiarity with environmental issues. This individual will take a strong organization to the next level of excellence through her/his vision and strategic response to current and emerging issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate a solid and long-standing conservation ethic and an ability to inspire, collaborate with and supervise a staff of seven; fundraise successfully in a variety of contexts; and communicate effectively with donors, members and the media. Excellent oral and written skills are a prerequisite, as is an ability to develop collaborative, solutions-based outcomes within our local community and with state and national conservation partners.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and complete contact information for three professional references to with subject line: NAEC ED application_Last name_First name.  Please convert all attachments to PDF format. Include in your cover letter your qualifications for this position and a statement (1,000 words max) on the following topic: NAEC’s organizational vision states, “We envision a naturally thriving, biologically and culturally diverse, wildlands-rich, sustainable, inspiring and thoughtfully protected northern Alaska, forever.” This vision leaves considerable room for a strong leader, working with the board and staff, to create effective strategies for addressing opportunities and challenges in northern Alaska.  What makes you this leader?

Review of applications will begin Feb 13, 2012 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Manager of External Affairs, WWF Arctic Field Office
WWF has been working in the Arctic for twenty years, and has had a field office in Alaska for over a decade. WWF’s program is focused on Arctic oceans protection, sustainable fisheries, and conserving trans-boundary species and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. Effective communications are integral to delivering results in WWF’s conservation efforts.  The Manager of External Relations will play a key role in the Alaska team by developing innovative approaches in communications and development.

To apply or to learn more, please click here for the position description.


Chief Clarence Alexander receives the Presidential Citizens Medal 

Clarence Alexander received the the second highest civilian honor from President Obama last week. In a ceremony at the White House, Alexander of Fort Yukon, Alaska was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to his community.  In his remarks, President Obama praised Alexander for his environmental work protecting the Yukon River Watershed, his involvement on the Council of Athabascan Governments, and his efforts to preserve cultural traditions. Alexander co-founded the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and was a member of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, both organizations are ACF grantees. Read more about his award now.

Find your calling at ACF 

Are you looking for a professional challenge and at the same time want to help protect Alaska’s environment? You can make a difference for our great state. Visit our job site to find your next career.


Fishers of Nation’s Largest Salmon Run Fight Proposed Mine 

Locals and indigenous people worry that the proposed Pebble Mine will harm their remote Alaskan community. Read more in National Geographic.

ACF announces new executive director 

Alaska Conservation Foundation today announced the appointment of Ann Rothe, a seasoned nonprofit executive and conservationist, as its new executive director. Rothe has been serving as the interim executive director since former Director Nick Hardigg resigned in June.

 “After a national search, the ACF board of trustees voted unanimously and enthusiastically to hire Ann Rothe as ACF’s executive director,” said Chair Nancy Lord. “Ann brings a strong combination of management and development skills, and has a long history with and commitment toAlaskaconservation. We’re delighted to have her leading the organization into the future.”

Ann Rothe, 2011

Rothe joined ACF in 2007 as a senior program officer to focus on oceans, mining and other issues. In recent years, she has served as Deputy Director and led the Bristol Bay Watershed and Fisheries Protection campaign. Previously, she worked as an environmental consultant working on a range of issues from environmental health to education. She has held positions at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, US Department of Interior, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation (whose Alaska office she established), Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council which she helped create shortly after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Trustees for Alaska, where she served as executive director for ten years. She has resided inAlaskafor more than 30 years.

Rothe assumed her new position on Monday. “I’m excited to be at the helm of the Foundation as we move forward in helping to realize a broader, more influential conservation movement that can affect enduring change,” said Rothe. “For more than 30 years, ACF has had a critical role in helping to raise awareness and funding forAlaska’s conservation issues. ACF working with our partners is well positioned to foster new gains in research, best practices, and public involvement in managingAlaska’s natural resources in the future.”

Founded in 1980 by legendaryAlaskaconservationists Celia Hunter and Denny Wilcher, ACF is a public foundation dedicated to connecting philanthropists toAlaska’s grassroots conservation efforts. In its history, ACF has made more than $33 million of grants to conservation causes inAlaskaand has a $5 million endowment. For more information, visit



WMAN mining mini-grants program – Oct 1 deadline 

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) 2011- 2012 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program

The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) offers a mini-grants program to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities. 

Program Criteria

  •  Grassroots community-based organizations, and Tribes or Tribal programs in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S.; priority will also be given to community-based grassroots groups affected by mining.
  • Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign.  Funds cannot be used for an organization’s general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
  • Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio-economic and cultural lines.
  • Applicants may receive one grant per year. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.
  • Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.
  • Funding recipients must submit a brief report detailing how funds were spent within 6 months of having received funding. Recipients will not be eligible for additional funding until the project has been completed and a project report, or an extension request, is received and accepted by WMAN and IEN.

To Apply

The next application period is October 1, 2011. For an application and more details about the program, click here.

Questions about the program can be directed to Aimee Boulanger, WMAN Network Coordinator at (360) 969-2028, or Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967,

Alaska Renewable Energy Fair – Aug 13 

Don’t forget. THIS SATURDAY is the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the Anchorage Parkstrip. Have fun and learn about all the great things happening in our state. There will be fabulous music, food, crafts, workshops, a beer garden, and (hopefully) sunshine!  Download the 2011 Fair schedule (.pdf) or call REAP for more info at 907.929.7770.

New opportunity at ACF – Director of Finance 

Are you a seasoned finance manager with nonprofit experience? Your search may be over! ACF is seeking a Director of Finance who will be responsible for all aspects of ACF’s financial operations. Learn more about the position and apply today.

AK Coal Mining – Hazards to our health & environment – Aug 1 

COAL MINING IN ALASKA: HAZARDS TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT will be held from 9 to 10am as part of the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment teleconference seminar series. Guest Presenters Michelle Prevost, MD and Dennis Gann of Cook Inletkeeper will discuss contaminants that are released during mining, processing and transportation of coal, how living near coal mines can lead to adverse health effects, and how coal mining operations contaminate drinking water and surface water. Find out more about proposed plans to develop mines at Chuitna and Wishbone Hill, why communities are concerned, and how you can get involved in protecting public health, salmon, and water quality from coal contaminants.

For more information, or to join this FREE call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to ACAT at or call (907) 222-7714.

Become a Citizen Advocate – Aug 3-4 

Are you wanting to make a change in your community, but not sure you have the tools or training you need? In this exciting two-day training, you will learn tools and tips of the trade that you can use to make powerful, lasting impact in Alaska. Join professional outreach staff with experience on a local and national scale to learn how to: set concrete and achievable goals, participate in the political process, listen to and talk with diverse audiences, effectively work with media, and more! You will also have the opportunity to take action on important energy, transportation, planning, and other community issues that need our help.

The Citizen Advocacy Academy is FREE. Lunch included. The Academy will be held on August 3-4, 2011, at the Alaska Pacific University Veco Room in Anchorage. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Alli Harvey at

Sponsored by Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Community Capacity program, Defenders of Wildlife, and Alaska Center for the Environment.