Conservation Program Director

Job Locations US-NM-Albuquerque
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/25/2020 4:12 PM)
Job ID
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
USD $45,000.00/Yr.
USD $55,000.00/Yr.
# of Openings


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), located in NM, is a nonprofit youth development organization serving New Mexico.  Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is a steppingstone to new opportunities.  We inspire young adults to make a positive difference in themselves and their communities.  Through training and service, Corpsmembers discover their potential for healthy, productive lives.


Position Type:      Year round, full time, 8am-5pm M-F, with additional time as required by program schedule.

Location:               Albuquerque, NM

Salary:                   Exempt, salaried, $45,000-55,000 per year, depending on experience.

Benefits:               All benefits as provided for in RMYC staff manual, after 60-day waiting period

Reports to:           Executive Director


POSITION PURPOSE: The Conservation Program Director will offer organizational leadership and program management in accordance with RMYC’s guidelines and the philosophy of Positive Youth Development.  The Director is responsible for direct oversight and overall operation and management of RMYC’s Conservation Program including but not limited to program personnel, community collaboration, project acquisition, partner satisfaction, and program reporting.  The Director will oversee direct programming in the MRG office as well as provide leadership and direction to the URG Conservation Program Manager. 



Program Management:

  • Oversight and direction for the Conservation Program, including:
  • Direct oversight of all program personnel management; including Managers, Coordinators, Supervisors and Corpsmembers.
  • Coordinate conservation crew projects and program calendar.
  • Ensure best practices are understood and followed in both offices and systems are in place so all conservation programs act with consistency where needed.
  • Responsible for ensuring agency and foundation partner satisfaction and working with Development Director to ensure timely and accurate collection and reporting of program activities and outcomes
  • Manage budget and expenditures for Conservation Program to ensure responsible fiscal controls.
  • Provide general oversight for program operations and delegate specific operational tasks to staff.
  • Maintain and develop strategies for risk management oversight and delegate specific risk management tasks to field staff.
  • Work to solicit and coordinate site visits with elected official for RMYC projects and activities.
  • Develop, oversee and monitor program budget.

Program Development

  • Solicit, negotiate and manage $1M+ in service agreements, grant-funds, and Fee-For-Service projects to engage RMYC conservation crews in projects that meet Corpsmember learning goals and organizational revenue goals.
  • Facilitate regular program evaluations with emphasis on staff development, program improvement, contract requirements, and impact enhancement.
  • Collaborate with other Directors and the Executive Director in developing strategy for programmatic and financial sustainability.
  • Community collaboration efforts and building community partnerships.
  • Particular emphasis on program development and growth in the MRG region, working to develop new partnerships to expand opportunities for youth.

Organizational Leadership

  • Identify and develop annual objectives to sustain and enhance the outcomes of RMYC's mission.
  • Maintain a strong presence and voice in organizational activities such as staff meetings, annual retreats and service days.
  • Ensure all administrative tasks (agreements, contracts, applications, evaluations, timesheets, receipts, Project Impact Forms and reports) are of high quality and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Support the Middle Rio Grande office administrative duties such as phone, internet and facility; maintain organized administrative systems.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attend conferences and trainings to maximize professional development.
  • Provide technical training for Conservation Program in areas of expertise – trail construction and maintenance techniques, sustainable forestry, and tool use/maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours as well as on-call availability.





  • Strong familiarity with public land managing agencies, and strong knowledge of how partnership and agreements are
  • Expert Knowledge of budgeting systems and fiscal oversight.
  • Knowledge of Taos and Albuquerque area, local community organizations, educational and training systems, public agencies and private industry preferable.

Experience and Education

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Youth /Conservation Corps or related Field
  • Experience working with young people, preferably in an outdoor and/or experiential setting.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management,
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field: education, youth development, conservation or a related field required.


  • Exemplary organizational skills.
  • Strong managerial, mentoring, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good group facilitation skills.
  • Proficient in all Google Suite applications and ability to manage information in an organizational database.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to organize tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines.
  • Expert skill level in all or most of the following: trail construction & maintenance, forestry, landscaping, fencing, and hand tool use & maintenance.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and independently motivated.
  • Ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • The ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with the Board; all levels in the Corps organization and the external community – tailoring communication effectively for different groups and stakeholders.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • An open, inclusive, team-oriented work style and ability to collaborate with senior leadership team at all locations.

Preferred Experience / Education / Certification:

  • Advanced degree in a related field (land science, non-profit management, or environmental science)
  • Bilingual: Spanish/English speaking preferred.
  • Project management certification

Physical Activities and Requirements

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the Conservation Program Director is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms. This position may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Considerations

  • Pre-employment background check will be required which may include the requirement that the applicant be fingerprinted for a FBI background check.
  • Must have an insurable driving record
  • RMYC staff are expected to participate in regular unpaid volunteer service activities, about 4 days per year.

Questions: Email Ben Thomas at


The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

RMYC is a drug free workplace.  All RMYC positions dependent upon funding availability.


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