Conservation Fellow

Because you believe in a Montana that believes in you.

Forward Montana Foundation (FMF) is dedicated to educating, engaging, and organizing young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of fellow Montanans. We put young people on the front lines of civic engagement statewide, basing our efforts out of our two offices in Missoula and Bozeman, and our satellite branch in Billings.

Job Description:

Since 2015, our field team has collected over 4,000 issue IDs through one on one conversation with young people across the state. The issues that consistently rise to the top -- climate change and public lands. That’s why Forward Montana Foundation is seeking a Conservation Fellow for the fall of 2017.

The Fellow will lead our field efforts to build a renewable energy economy and ensure our public lands stay in public lands while working side by side with FMF’s long standing conservation coalition partners. This requires that the fellow be able to both communicate organizational goals with grasstops leaders and translate conservation policy jargon with FMF staff, volunteers and members. The best candidate for the fellowship will be outgoing and enthusiastic about building youth power, while also having an interest in policy and research.


  • Program Implementation: Responsible for crafting, leading, and participating in field efforts pertaining to conservation outcomes, including but not limited to phone banking, canvassing, tabling, and street teaming.

  • Coalition Building: Responsible for participating in coalition activities, including calls and in-person meetings; responsible for advocating for young Montanans and FMF’s organizational priorities.

  • Leadership Development: Responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of panels, workshops, and trainings, making conservation accessible to peers by translating conservation policy into tangible opportunities for action


Gotta-Have Skillsets: Must be present for a candidate to move forward in the hiring process.

  • Passion for grassroots organizing and building youth power, including field work
  • Ability to independently manage and complete multiple tasks and projects accurately and by deadline
  • Experience researching and understanding a variety of conservation policies, especially solar energy and public land.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to peers, elected officials, coalition partners and fellow staff members

Nice-to-Have Skill Sets: Not required, but having these skills would make a candidate’s transition into the job more seamless for the individual and the organization.

  • Comfortable public speaking
  • Experience in planning, facilitating, and participating in successful, goal oriented meetings
  • Demonstrated ability for proactive thinking
  • Comfort with frequent change and urgency

Strong Applications will be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Team Player  
  • Self Motivated
  • Funny (broadly defined)
  • Quirky
  • Cool (broadly defined)
  • Focused
  • Flexible

Working Conditions:

  • Shared office with the Bozeman or Missoula, MT field teams
  • Comfortable conducting field work, including voter registration, canvassing, and street teaming, for up to 4 hours at a time, often in a stationary position
  • Some travel required


  • Compensation: $12.00/hour for up to 20 hours/week
  • Benefits: $50 monthly technology stipend
  • Location: Bozeman or Missoula, MT

Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Kiah Abbey, Deputy Director, at If you have questions or concerns about the position, please contact Kiah Abbey at 406-672-8004.