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Director and Outreach Coordinator
South Dakota Wildlife Federation


As early as 1945, a group of concerned outdoor enthusiasts recognized that a great deal of habitat and public access to the state’s natural resources would be lost if they didn’t act. As a result, they established the South Dakota Wildlife Federation (SDWF), the state’s most important voice in the protection of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

SDWF is the state’s oldest conservation organization and the state’s only conservation organization actively involved in developing legislative policy impacting outdoor sporting activities. Its political arm, the Camo Coalition, employs two full-time lobbyists to monitor legislative action concerning South Dakota’s outdoor recreation. SDWF also works closely with the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department to develop wildlife management policies.

SDWF is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. The close working relationship between the state and national organizations ensures effective, coordinated conservation action at all levels of government.
For over seventy seven years, SDWF has been leading the fight to protect the interests of South Dakota’s current and future outdoor sports enthusiasts.


The Director and Outreach Coordinator will be charged with building relationships with hunters, anglers, affiliates, landowners, land and wildlife management agencies, and elected leaders in order to put more habitat on the ground and provide more recreational access.  Managed by the SDWF board of directors and executive board this position will be a new one to SDWF.  Entrepreneurial license will be given to build SDWF’s outreach approaches in a way that builds long term power for the organization and improves the state’s outdoor experiences.


The Director and Coordinator will lead efforts to build power and relationships in every sector important to maintaining a thriving wildlife resource and quality outdoor experiences.  These efforts will involve policy issues advocacy, on the ground restoration, and access facilitating activities.  The Director and Coordinator will take the lead identifying, cultivating, and mobilizing hunters, anglers, affiliates, landowners, agency personnel, and elected officials interested in such activities.  These organizing activities will involve in person, one-on-one, group get togethers, meeting attendance, electronic communications, and phone calls.  These relationship building activities will help identify policy issues and on-the-ground projects SDWF will undertake, tie into organization’s fundraising activities, and help push these activities to completion.  The Director and Coordinator will be responsible for inputting new activists and partners into the organizational database.  The Director and Coordinator will assist with the direct lobbying of state legislators and GFP’s Commissioners.  The Director and Coordinator will assist the Board of Directors with fundraising, involving projects related to his/her work.


  • B/S Degree: Preferred in wildlife biology, fisheries biology, political science, business and/or non-profit management. Experience in this field of work will also be considered as a qualifier.
  • An outgoing personality able to connect with people from different backgrounds.
  • Able to work independently and driven to succeed.
  • The ability to travel extensively throughout the state and work some evenings and weekends.


  • Experience in conservation, grassroots organizing, fundraising, lobbying and or a passion for the outdoors.
  • Knowledge of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and electronic means.
  • Politically savvy.

Competitive salary and benefits package

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South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Attn. Zach Hunke
PO Box 7075
Pierre, SD 57501

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