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Now Hiring: Executive Director

The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance is seeking an energetic and creative executive director to lead the organization. The director is the sole employee of the Alliance and oversees all activities of the organization following its most recent strategic plan [LINK to PDF] and in support of the Badger Reuse Plan’s collaborative vision. 

Position Summary. This is a half-time position that can be based remotely but works with land and partners in the Sauk Prairie area. The director will develop and implement programming to advance the mission of the organization; plan and oversee seasonal ecological restoration work with the help of volunteers; work to meet revenue goals through new and renewed memberships and major donations to sustain the organization; research and write grants to support the programming and operations of the organization; engage the board of directors of the organization through quarterly board meetings and regular communication and updates; manage Alliance member communications, and create and track the organization’s annual budget (~$50,000 in 2021). (Note: The Treasurer currently handles all financial work for the organization.) This is a unique opportunity to impact local conservation and lead the organization into the future. Download the full position description here [LINK to PDF].

Desired Skills and Experience
We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have:

●        A Bachelor’s degree in conservation, ecological restoration, environmental education or a related field, or equivalent training/experience; 

●        Two years working in the non-profit sector;

●        A strong work or volunteer background in conservation (ecological restoration or land stewardship) ;

●        Demonstrated leadership experience that may include directing another organization and/or overseeing staff and/or volunteers, coordinating events or programs, etc.;

●        Excellent communication skills (public speaking, writing, teaching, editing);

●        Comfortable with diverse communication tools (print and digital);

●        Demonstrated success with non-profit fundraising; 

●        Ability to work with diverse entities (government agencies, citizen groups, college and high school students, general audiences);

●        Excellent organizational skills;

●        Ability to work independently;

●        Familiarity with the Alliance and Sauk County conservation is highly desirable.

To apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by email to: SaukPrairieConservationJobs@gmail.com.

Interviews will be conducted as qualified applications are received. Position open until filled; expected start date January 2021 or sooner.

3.     NEW APP ELEVATES THE BADGER LANDS EXPERIENCE

Sauk County, WI –Wisconsinites have been exploring the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant for decades, most of them unaware about the extensive history beneath their feet. On (date), the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance will launch EXPLORE THE BADGER LANDS, a free mobile app that allows users to navigate the fertile past of the Badger Lands at their own pace. The app features a non-linear tour that uses GPS to help users locate nearly 70 points of interest, each equipped with an in-app educational excerpt. Visitors traveling along public access roads by car, exploring regional trail systems on foot or biking the Great Sauk Trail will, quite literally, have unprecedented accompaniment to one of Wisconsin’s most interesting ecological preserves in the palm of their hands. 

As a navigational and interpretive tool, the app offers audio-visual content on the geologic, natural, cultural and conservation histories across the former 7,350-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The Badger Lands are now managed by the Ho-Chunk Nation, Department of Natural Resources and US Dairy Forage Research Center, who continue to make improvements to infrastructure and conduct restoration projects on the property. The app will be especially useful for visitors exploring the 3,450-acre, state-owned Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area, which has been open to the public since 2018. The other properties have no public access but can be viewed from the adjacent public roads and trails. 

The app is free and available through the Apple Store and Google Play. 

EXPLORE THE BADGER LANDS APP is supported in part, by the Badger Oversight Management Commission grant in 2020 and the “Good Idea” grant from the Sauk County Extension Education, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin in 2021. Content on this app was initially supported by the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation and Wisconsin Arts Board grants in 2018. 

In addition to these past and present sponsors for EXPLORE THE BADGER LANDS APP, the Alliance is also grateful to Mike Mossman for identifying the points of interest and writing the content, Heather Sonntag for building the app, Ellen Kinzer for building the Story Map on which this App is in part based, as well as the Badger History Group and Sauk County Historical Society for permission to use historical images from their archival collections.

4.     2nd Annual Online SPCA Holiday Auction

Please join us and bid on fabulous items. Bidding begins Monday, November 8th at 9:00 am and goes through Friday, November 19th. Bid high and bid often:) 

Sneak Peek: Previews for auction items start on Nov. 1

All proceeds benefit Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance programs.

Buy holiday gifts or shop for yourself while supporting Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance. You can also make a donation by clicking on the donate button:)

For more information contact Heather: heather.saukprairiealliance@gmail.com.

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