Advocacy and Engagement Manager

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The Mountaineers
Seattle, WA
Published 14 days ago

Who We Are

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to the work of generations of volunteers and our internationally recognized publishing division, we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy.

Our dedicated volunteers and staff get people outside to experience the power of the natural world. We advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. Our staff of 45, divided between our two program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 2,500+ volunteers work together to achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

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About Our Conservation and Advocacy Program

The Mountaineers plays a unique role in protecting wild places at the intersection of conservation and recreation. Our outdoor education programs provide powerful outdoor experiences, creating strong connections to wild places and the desire to protect them. From there, we educate and inspire on policy issues that threaten our beloved landscapes and provide our community with opportunities to take action. As a result, our community can be powerful advocates for public lands and outdoor experiences.

The overarching goal of our conservation and advocacy work is to protect our public lands and the outdoor experiences they provide for all people, both by engaging our community of outdoor enthusiasts and through strong partnerships with other outdoors organizations. Our advocacy work is coupled with hands-on stewardship activities and education programs on responsible recreation and public lands management through online resources and published works. 

The Mountaineers is a member of Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of ten of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation organizations. Together with Outdoor Alliance, we plan to build out an Outdoor Alliance Washington regional network to organize and engage the human-powered outdoor recreation community in Washington to pursue conservation policy goals.

Position Overview

The Advocacy and Engagement Manager is a new role that will provide focused support to build on our core value of conservation advocacy and further our conservation mission to protect the outdoor experience. Reporting to the Conservation and Advocacy Director, this position will contribute to the organization’s conservation and advocacy program through thoughtful content development, managing advocacy campaigns, tracking conservation and recreation legislation and public lands planning processes, and catalyzing engagement on these issues. This person will serve as a bridge between our conservation policy work and the outdoor community’s education, awareness, and engagement on issues, to assure growth and impact.

A successful candidate will be an exceptional writer and communicator, and will possess a knack for translating complex policy into actionable content. We are looking for someone who shares a passion for the outdoors and conservation and is enthusiastic about engaging all current and future outdoor enthusiasts to protect public lands. They must be self-directed, have strong attention to detail, and able to problem solve creatively and independently. 

Key Responsibilities

Conservation Communications: lead development of all conservation-related communications for The Mountaineers and Outdoor Alliance Washington.

·        Manage and create content for The Mountaineers and Outdoor Alliance Washington, including writing action alerts, blog posts, emails to supporters, social media messaging, and website messaging.

·        Manage and write monthly Conservation Currents e-newsletter and quarterly long-form magazine contributions.

·        Assist in managing our CRM platform, EveryAction. This includes setting up or updating action alerts, drafting and sending emails, and pulling lists and reports.

Conservation Engagement: manage advocacy campaigns and initiatives for The Mountaineers and Outdoor Alliance Washington.

·        Assist the Conservation and Advocacy Director in crafting advocacy campaigns from start to finish: building out messaging and social media content, engaging supporters through targeted communications, and monitoring and analyzing metrics.

·        Identify and engage key supporters through email, social media, and digital events.

·        Assist the Conservation and Advocacy Director in building partnerships with other outdoor recreation and conservation organizations and diverse communities.

·        Identify key messaging opportunities to increase conservation engagement for our volunteers and members, as well as identify ways to engage more people of all backgrounds in public lands conservation.

o  Collaborate with adult and youth programs teams to incorporate conservation and advocacy work into our trips and courses.

·        Plan and execute advocacy events, including virtual and in-person town halls, roundtable meetings, and legislator meetings and events.

Policy Support: research and track conservation and recreation policy issues and public lands planning processes.

·        Research and track outdoor recreation and public lands planning processes for federal and WA state lands to determine impact on conservation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest and on The Mountaineers mission.

o  Develop comment letters in response to proposals, and research issues in comments letters that we are asked to sign onto.

·        Research and understand emerging public lands conservation and outdoor recreation policy issues, and drive engagement and communication strategies on priority issues in collaboration with the Conservation and Advocacy Director.

·        Attend coalition meetings on behalf of The Mountaineers and Outdoor Alliance Washington.

Desired Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree and/or three-five years proven experience with communications, policy, natural resources, advocacy, and/or engagement.
  • Excellent writing and online communications skills and solid attention to detail. Strong portfolio of writing for general audiences, with the ability to inspire others to take action.
  • A passion for the outdoors and conservation, and knowledge of current public lands conservation issues. Personal interest in human-powered recreation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision while managing multiple projects. Holds self and others accountable for performance.
  • Self-motivated with experience in fast-paced and deadline-oriented work.

·        Strategic thinker who connects daily responsibilities to broader organizational goals and mission.

  • Cultural competency and desire to work with people of all races, ages, genders, abilities and economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check.  

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered, and as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

Work Environment 

This role is based in Seattle, WA, at The Mountaineers program center in Magnuson Park. Due to the pandemic, this position is currently 100% remote (work from home) and we anticipate it will remain mostly a remote position until Fall 2021. The Mountaineers will provide a laptop computer for remote access. The Advocacy and Engagement Manager is expected to have a suitable remote work environment, including broadband internet access, to accomplish their job duties.

Physical Demands

·        Ability to occasionally work evening and weekend hours, as necessary.

·        Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Who We Are

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    June 28, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$45,000 - $55,000


This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Salary range is $45,000-$55,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. 401(k) retirement plan available after three months. Additional benefits include:

  • Free Mountaineers membership
  • Opportunities to advance your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year
  • Two free tickets to most of our Mountaineers events
  • Access to our three ski-in, ski-out mountain lodges, and our four on-site climbing and bouldering walls
  • Bring your dog to work on Mondays and Fridays
  • Free parking for your bike or car, and an office located right on a bus line, with alternative transportation reimbursement
  • In-office shower for midday run, climbing session, or morning commute

This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Salary range is $45,000-$55,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term…


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, United States

How to Apply

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To apply, please submit cover letter (1 page max) and resume (2 page max) online at:

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