Badlands Conservation Alliance

Executive Director


“Badlands Conservation Alliance is an organization that punches way above its weight class!”

– Jay Clemens, Vice Chairman,
National Trust for Historic Preservation


Badlands Conservation Alliance, for twenty years a Voice for North Dakota Wild Places, is seeking an Executive Director. With members in 28 states, BCA empowers visitors and local residents to explore, learn about, and protect the unique public lands of western North Dakota.



Job Description

Key Responsibilities

Re-envision, develop, and lead BCA’s programs to achieve conservation outcomes in the Little Missouri National Grasslands, nearby BLM lands, and state-owned or managed lands.

Serve as an effective spokesperson for BCA, through the traditional media, social media, public presentations, formal and informal contacts with federal, state, and local governmental agencies and elected officials.

Work to broaden and diversify BCA’s membership base, without losing faith with existing members.

Build and maintain strategic partnerships with a diverse coalition of stakeholders.

Organize special events that promote public land stewardship and public awareness of the value of, and threats to, public lands within North Dakota.

Lead BCA’s fundraising efforts, including grant writing, major donor solicitation, corporate partner requests, membership and fundraising events that promote BCA’s brand.

Manage financial accounting, tax filing, grant reporting, licensing, and related administrative functions.

Please note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list; job duties, activities, and priorities may change at any time, at the direction of the board of directors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies Desired

The successful candidate will possess some combination of the following knowledge, skills, and competencies:

A deep commitment to the preservation and conservation of public lands.

Knowledge of western North Dakota public land, including conservation and agricultural issues.

Familiarity with the legislative process, both state and federal.

Knowledge of state and federal land management laws, regulations, and agency practices.

Demonstrated ability to work with professional colleagues, board members, and volunteers.

Experience in a leadership, policy, or management role working on environmental advocacy.

Willingness to work long hours when needed.

Excellent interpersonal skills and character traits including trustworthy, reliable, and personable.

Solid organizational skills, including attention to detail.

Computer literacy, including safe and effective use of social media.

Demonstrated fundraising skills.

Positive written and verbal communication skills.

Educational, Licensing, and Physical Requirements

B.S. or B.A. degree preferred.

North Dakota driver’s license required, together with ability to travel and be away overnight.

Ability to engage in vigorous outdoor activity in rugged terrain during outings and tours.

Office Location

Badlands Conservation Alliance is a not-for-profit advocacy organization which devotes most of its resources to staff dedicated to the work of the Alliance, so we do not spend money to maintain a separate public office. Our executive director has traditionally worked from a home office and we expect to continue that tradition. Because much of the focus of BCA is working with government agencies and the North Dakota Legislature, we expect the staff to be located in the Bismarck-Mandan area, within easy driving distance of state and federal offices.  

Salary and Benefits

BCA will pay a reasonable salary, based on experience and qualifications, and will pay all work-related travel expenses, to the candidate we choose for the position of Executive Director. There is currently no benefit package attached to this position, although salary and benefits will be part of an ongoing discussion depending on the financial situation of the organization.


If you’ve read this far, you’re probably interested in this position. Send us your resume by e-mail at, or mail it to Connie Triplett, PO Box 5178, Grand Forks, ND 58206-5178. The position will remain open until filled.

Thank you for your interest!

BCA looks forward to visiting with you!