Job Opportunities

Conservation Outreach Fellow

August 1, 2018

Forward Montana Foundation (FMF) is dedicated to educating, engaging, and organizing young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of fellow Montanans. We put young people on the front lines of civic engagement statewide, basing our efforts out of our two offices in Missoula and Bozeman, and our satellite branch in Billings.


Job Description:

Young Montanans rank conservation issues like public lands and climate change at the top of their concerns. And in the wake of this past election, we’re ready to take action.

The Conservation Fellow will lead our field efforts to build a renewable energy economy and ensure our public lands stay in public lands while working side by side with FMF’s longstanding conservation coalition partners. The Fellow will build power with young Montanans across the state by leading trainings for their peers on advocacy, coordinating conservation GOTV call nights, and supporting efforts to elevate young Montanans stories on social media and at public meetings. The best candidate for the fellowship will be outgoing and enthusiastic about building youth power, while also having an interest in policy and research.



  • Programming & Communications: Responsible for crafting, leading, and participating in field efforts pertaining to conservation outcomes, including but not limited to phone banking, canvassing, tabling, and street teaming; Responsible for supporting young Montanans in crafting OpEds & LTEs.


  • Coalition Building: Responsible for participating in coalition activities, including calls and in-person meetings; responsible for advocating for young Montanans and FMF’s organizational priorities.


  • Leadership Development: Responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of panels, workshops, and trainings, making conservation accessible to peers by translating conservation policy into tangible opportunities for action



Gotta-Have Skillsets: Must be present for a candidate to move forward in the hiring process.

  • Passion for grassroots organizing and building youth power, including field work
  • Experience & proven ability to independently manage and complete multiple tasks and projects accurately and by deadline
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to peers, elected officials, coalition partners and fellow staff members


Nice-to-Have Skill Sets: Not required, but having these skills would make a candidate’s transition into the job more seamless for the individual and the organization.

  • Comfortable public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability for proactive thinking
  • Comfort with frequent change and urgency


Strong Applications will be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Team Player  
  • Self Motivated
  • Funny (broadly defined)
  • Quirky
  • Cool (broadly defined)
  • Focused
  • Flexible


Working Conditions:

  • Shared office with regional field teams
  • Comfortable conducting field work, including voter registration, canvassing, and street teaming, for up to 4 hours at a time, often in a stationary position
  • Some travel required



  • Compensation: $13.50/hour for 20 hours/week
  • Timeline: September 1 through November 25
  • Location: Montana


Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Kiah Abbey, Deputy Director, at with the subject line “Conservation Outreach Fellow”.