Program Manager- Conservation and Community Engagement

Hiring Organization: Wildlife Habitat Council
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Detroit, MI
Application Deadline: November 14, 2020

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a conservation organization that works at the intersection of the private sector and the natural world. It seeks to engage the corporate world in meaningful conservation action that brings value to biodiversity but also to communities and employees.

The Program Manager, Conservation and Community works to support WHC’s efforts in the Great Lakes region with a special emphasis in SE Michigan/Ontario and the Calumet region in NW Indiana/Illinois. The position is in the Special Projects department and reports to the Senior Manager, Conservation Projects but works with colleagues across the entire organization.

The objective of the position is to build collaborations and networks that enhance the value of corporate conservation efforts. Its focus is to encourage conservation and education efforts that engage employees and provide community members with meaningful interactions. The position will build on existing networks in the community and engage a diversity of new partners from across the region to increase the number of corporate conservation projects and encourage corporate action that crosses the fence-line into the community.

This position is a perfect fit for anyone interested in urban ecosystems, community forestry, cooperative problem-solving, industrial lands and organizing. It is designed to ensure that corporate investments in conservation bring value to a variety of stakeholder and that corporate conservation projects add up to a meaningful outcome for nature.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with WHC members in the region
  • Manage projects, grants, and consulting initiatives on time and within budget
  • Provide conservation and education guidance
  • Plan and lead a variety of events like workshops, planting events or webinars
  • Staff advisory committees, consisting of corporate, government and community members
  • Develop scopes of work and funding proposals to support efforts in the region
  • Attend and participate in external meetings, committees and groups as a WHC representative
  • Identify new opportunities for membership recruitment, retention, and strategic program development
  • Identify new opportunities for partnerships and network building

Required Skills, Qualifications and Attributes

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 3-5 years of experience with community engagement, event coordination, network development, natural resources planning or conservation
  • Passion for nature
  • Working knowledge of environmental and STEM education
  • Comfortable working in a corporate environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Successful experience working independently and virtually/remotely, be a self-starter and have an entrepreneurial attitude
  • Ability to engage with and adapt to different audiences easily
  • Valid driver’s license

 Work Context

 Physical demands: This position includes some light physical work.  The employee should be able to lift to 20 lbs. and can expect frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 lbs.  The employee may also be standing, sitting, or walking for prolong periods of time, and can expect frequent bending, typing, and kneeling, and will complete frequent visual inspections.  The employee is occasionally climbing, crouching, crawling, or stooping.

Work Environment

The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee may be occasionally exposed to extreme noise sufficient to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level. The employee may be subject to hazards including moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding in high places, exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, oils, solvents, asbestos, or radiation.  Safety briefing and/or training will be provided in such cases. Some travel and irregular work hours are expected with this position.


$40,000 – $42,000

WHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter as one file to LaVerne Dennis at

By applying for this position, you acknowledge the salary range posted.