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Wilderness Dayen- Alpine Lake Collaborative Project Manager

Title: Wilderness Dayen - Alpine Lake Collaborative Project Manager
Reports To: Communications Director
Classification: Exempt
Location: Remote (within Washington State preferred)
Duration: 1 year with potential to extend
Expected Start Date: Position open until filled, with candidate review beginning January 30, 2023.
Time: Full Time
Annual Salary: $42,400/year
Benefits: 2 weeks paid time off per year, federal holidays, $500/month health insurance reimbursement,
simple IRA with 3% employer match.
To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and 2 professional or academic references to Please include “ALC Project Manager” in the email subject
line of the email.

Society for Wilderness Stewardship
The Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote excellence
in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education to ensure the
life-sustaining benefits of wilderness. We achieve this through the implementation of our three primary
programs, Wilderness Fellows and Dayens, Wilderness Workshop and Wilderness Training.


What is a “Dayen”?
From the German word “Doyen” meaning an expert in a particular field, the “Dayen” position was
created by SWS to bring experts in natural resources and wilderness stewardship to federal agencies to
assist in wilderness management projects.

The Dayens Program’s competitive salary and benefits package attracts and retains greatly talented
individuals, and provides opportunity for federal staff to engage in more managerial wilderness work.
Dayens are place-based professionals, who do not require host-provided housing. Dayens can operate in
a number of capacities, from acting as overall wilderness program coordinators to focusing on in-depth
research or project work.Position Overview

The Alpine Lake Collaborative (ALC) is a network of organizations that are developing a modernized and
enduring method for collaboratively managing visitor use in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and
surrounding adjacent wildlands. The ALC is using the Visitor Use Management Framework to guide the
project (IVUMC-VUM Framework ( One of the main focuses of the ALC is the preservation of
wilderness character in the ALW, which includes making the most of existing opportunities (e.g.,
introducing diverse users to ALW), identifying and confronting issues (e.g., resource impacts) and,
generally, considering visitor use management within the broader context of wilderness character and
ecological, socio-cultural, and economic sustainability.

The Project Manager position oversees project file organization, planning the monthly Network meeting
agenda, and staying connected with workgroup tasks and overall project progress by communicating
with workgroup leaders and attending workgroup meetings when possible. The ideal candidate will also
bring a tribal perspective and help guide integrating tribal voices and values into the project.
Candidates that have established positive relationships with tribes whose ancestral lands include the
Alpine Lakes Wilderness are preferred. The position will be supported by the SWS Communications
Director who will orient the Project Manager to the files, project history, and other information relevant
to the project.

Primary Responsibilities
● Serve as the chair of the ALC’s Network Coordination Team (NCT), guiding the project forward
with the NCT in a facilitative way.
● Track collaborative members’ work in accordance with the Charter, the Network Summary and
the Timeline to keep the ALC moving forward as agreed. Update the Project Timeline and
Network Summary as needed.
● Identify emerging issues, lead topic-specific strategic planning processes, and determine next
steps and timelines based on group meetings and discussions.
● Plan monthly Network meeting agenda with input from NCT and workgroup leads.
● Maintain network communication systems: provide knowledge management by gathering
resources and learnings from network projects, organizing the information so that it can be
easily accessed later, facilitating the flow of information both to and from the network, and
sharing relevant information with participants.
● Stay informed of workgroup activities through meeting attendance as available and workgroup
report outs and identify overlap in work and emerging issues for monthly ALC meetings.
● Guide the development of a method for integrating tribal values/voices into the collaborative if
there are tribes that do not have the capacity to be actively involved in the ALC.
● Work with SWS Communications Director to provide information for quarterly website
● Ensure monetary tracking system is populated to support the Fundraising Strategic Plan.
● Attend and support planning for the annual National Wilderness Workshop.
● Occasional travel to remote field locations (travel reimbursement provided).


Key Qualifications
● Knowledge of tribal perspectives and values.
● Experience with collaborative planning projects, ideally with experience integrating tribal voices
and other marginalized communities into planning processes.

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