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28 Mar 2022

Full-Time North Idaho Lakes Conservation Assistant/Associate

Idaho Conservation League – Posted by bsmithICL Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

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Job Description

Job Title: North Idaho Lakes Conservation Assistant/Associate

Supervisor: North Idaho Director

Salary: Salary range depends on experience and starts at $43,000 for an Assistant or $49,000 for an Associate.

Benefits: Health insurance, retirement, paid time off and more

Classification: Full-time exempt

Location: This position is based in our North Idaho Field Office in Sandpoint, ID.

Job summary:

The North Idaho Lakes Conservation Assistant/Associate will work with the North Idaho Director to develop and implement a new organizational program that is designed to protect Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Priest Lake and other precious waterways in the North Idaho region. The Assistant/Associate will engage local, state and federal agencies and officials with the objective of improving water quality through the reduction of pollution and the promotion of responsible land use planning and development. With support from ICL’s External Affairs team, the Assistant/Associate will also recruit, organize and engage volunteers in water quality monitoring and advocacy and collaborate with other conservation groups, tribes, first nations and other allies to achieve these goals.


  • Develop and implement a new program to address threats to Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Priest Lake and other waterways in the North Idaho region, including but not limited to, point sources of pollution, such as wastewater treatment facilities; nonpoint sources of pollution, such as fertilizers and herbicides; and irresponsible land use policies, practices and decisions.
  • Manage ICL’s volunteer water quality monitoring program in Lake Pend Oreille and explore the potential to expand this program to other waterways.
  • Work with ICL’s External Affairs team to recruit, organize and engage volunteers in water quality monitoring and advocacy.
  • Partner with other conservation groups, tribes, first nations and other allies to identify and achieve mutual goals.
  • Build relationships with local, state and federal agencies and officials and influence policies and decisions affecting lakes and waterways.
  • Represent ICL at conferences, events and meetings with members, agencies, elected officials and partners.
  • Participate in ICL’s efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive environmental movement that is responsive to marginalized and underrepresented communities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

All ICL employees are expected to perform with high standards of integrity; demonstrate maturity; show curiosity; listen actively; value self-understanding; exhibit deep commitment; think creatively; and communicate effectively.

The following factors are desirable in the candidates we hope to meet: 

  • Professional experience advocating for or organizing environmental, conservation, social justice or other efforts to make meaningful change.
  • Professional experience with or knowledge of the Clean Water Act and land use planning and development is beneficial.
  • An ability to communicate with and engage a wide variety of individuals, groups and audiences.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social and environmental justice.


Founded in 1973, the Idaho Conservation League has grown into Idaho’s oldest and largest state-based, non-profit natural resource conservation organization. We are a membership organization with members and supporters in every county in Idaho; a Board of Directors with statewide geographic representation; and four offices in Boise, Sandpoint, McCall, and Ketchum. ICL’s mission is to create a conservation community and pragmatic, enduring solutions that protect and restore the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the land and wildlife you love. Our vision is an Idaho where public lands remain public and are well managed, air is clean, lakes and rivers are healthy, fish and wildlife thrive, and a prosperous, sustainable future exists for all Idahoans. ICL is committed to doing conservation work in an equitable and just way. Clean water, clean air, public lands, and abundant fish and wildlife should be accessible to everyone. ICL is committed to a long-term goal of broadening our work to better serve the diversity of people our work connects to, particularly those populations with traditionally underrepresented voices or marginalized communities.

How to Apply

Application process:
  • Candidates who submit an application by April 4, 2022 will be considered first, though applications will continue to be accepted after that date until the position is filled.
  • Please submit a cover letter and resume, combined into one PDF document.
  • Email your application to [email protected].
The Idaho Conservation League’s programs and employment are open to all. ICL does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or ability. For more information about ICL, please visit our website at

Job Categories: Water. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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