Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Executive Director

Posted: January 12, 2021
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Time Commitment: Full-time


The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.

VWA has achieved significant legislative, advocacy, and stewardship accomplishments over its twenty-year history and enjoys broad support from members, funders, public agencies, and local communities.

Job Responsibilites

The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing the VWA’s five-year strategic plan. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocating at all available forums for the conservation of the public lands in the Ventana Region and Big Sur coast.
  • Pursuing new legislative and administrative opportunities to fulfill our mission and strategic plan.
  • Expanding high dollar donor base.
  • Speaking publicly about the VWA’s purpose and accomplishments at appropriate venues and opportunities.
  • Building beneficial relationships with allies and partners to further our mission.
  • Leading and managing four full-time employees.
  • Overseeing well established field programs including VWA Trail Crew (both volunteer and contract), Volunteer Wilderness Rangers, and Youth in Wilderness.
  • Implementing solutions to streamline organizational efficiency and procedures to maximize mission delivery.

Application Process

Please forward letter of interest with current resume to:

Hard copies:
David Jacobs, President
c/o Chiorini, Hunt and Jacobs
901 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Digital copies:
David Jacobs
[email protected]