EcoFlight is Hiring!

Conservation Program Manager Position Available Immediately

About EcoFlight

EcoFlight educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wild lands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages.

EcoFlight works with dozens of grassroots conservation organizations on public and tribal land and water issues throughout the West. Our flight programs are a strategic tool for increasing the impact of conservation campaigns to protect wild lands and waters, and mitigate threats to clean air and clean water. Our flights and subsequent photos and videos create meaningful impact by using the bird’s eye-view to educate a wide audience about public lands conservation issues and encouraging stakeholders to take action. The EcoFlight office has a small, tight-knit staff who are passionate about the outdoors and protecting wild places. 

The Conservation Program Manager will promote EcoFlight’s mission and our products and services. You will work closely with the team to shape our company’s image and values, as well as the appropriate methods to communicate them to the public.

EcoFlight is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all communities across the West, and to build an equitable and just society. We encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities. EcoFlight is based at the Aspen Airport Business Center, and is an easy location to access from anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

About the Position

EcoFlight is looking for a dynamic team player who is passionate about the environment and wants to be part of a small team that brings a unique perspective to conservation throughout the West. We are a small, nimble organization that can quickly respond to ecological threats and significantly impact efforts to protect important landscapes. EcoFlight seeks someone with knowledge of public lands conservation, and experience in networking and organizing. The Program Manager will help manage our flight programs and liaise with partners to use EcoFlight’s unique perspective to its best advantage, to make a meaningful impact on land and wildlife conservation, and work with diverse communities to fight for environmental justice in the West. The ideal candidate is familiar with public land conservation in the West. An added bonus is an interest in aviation. 

The Conservation Program Manager reports to the Executive Director and is supported by the EcoFlight Team including the Communications Technician and Video/Photo Editor who all work together to produce meaningful advocacy outcomes from each overflight mission.

The position is full-time and located in Aspen, Colorado. 

Position Responsibilities:

Work with the Executive Director and pilots to plan and organize conservation flight missions. Coordinate with conservation partners on flight objectives and develop strategic messaging and passenger lists. Maintain, develop and grow robust relationships with diverse partners who can utilize our flight programs. Work on logistics like rental cars, hotels for pilots. Coordinate with partners on production of photos and videos (routes, points of interest, narrative, schedule interviews, coordinate with video editor to create films)

  • Use Foreflight (an aviation software) to plan flight routes, refueling, airports and FBOs
  • Track ongoing place-based public lands conservation campaigns throughout the West and keep up to date on messaging and current campaign status
  • Manage database (email list, passengers, partners, donors, members, accounts).
  • Manage student programs (develop educational curriculum, recruit students, and plan logistics and coordinate guest speakers)
  • Manage and monitor airplane maintenance log.
  • Support the Communications Technician in developing website content.
  • Support Communications Technician as they create, manage and track email campaigns (newsletters, flight follow-ups, captain’s log)
  • Potentially support Executive Director in learning how to write and research grant applications 

Desired Qualifications:

2 years’ experience in conservation or non-profit field – if you don’t have this, do not let that stop you from applying. If you have the drive and interest in these fields, we are interested to hear from you.

  • Basic knowledge of Western public lands conservation issues
  • Ability to plan itineraries and organize logistics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive
  • Ability to communicate well with partner organizations and passengers
  • Familiarity with basic mapping tools (Google Earth, Google Maps)
  • Familiarity with the geography of the Western US
  • Excellent relationship-building skills

Bonus Qualifications

Knowledge of another language (Indigenous or Spanish)
Familiarity with Indigenous or Hispanic cultures

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, salaried position with generous vacation benefits that include 21 days of paid time off, health-care coverage, and professional training opportunities. Salary range is $45,000-$60,000, depending on experience.

To Apply:

Please send resume and a 1-page letter of interest to: jane@ecoflight.org