Foundation for America’s Public Lands

Community Engagement Lead

Job Description

About the Position

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands (FAPL) is seeking a dynamic Community Engagement Lead to spearhead our efforts in building and nurturing a strong network of local to national stakeholders who share our vision.

As a key player in our team, you will orchestrate and execute events, communications and a variety of engagement strategies that foster collaboration, bringing together a diverse network of stakeholders who share a commitment to Awareness, Access and Stewardship of public lands and waters managed by the Bureau of Land Management. You work closely with leadership to identify and connect the Foundation to new and existing stakeholders who can advance our priorities. You may be the frontline in responding to inquiries about the Foundation and thrive when expanding your networks.

If you are passionate about sustaining our nation’s public lands and waters, skilled in community engagement, and driven to create lasting positive change, we invite you to join us in this exciting and rewarding role.

How to Recommend or Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume or CV outlining your qualifications and interest in the Foundation for America’s Public Lands using the link below.

Further inquiries may be sent to:

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop and Lead Engagement Strategies: Craft and implement comprehensive engagement strategies that effectively engage key stakeholders, interest groups, and the broader community to support the Foundation’s mission.
  • Elevate the Foundation’s Priorities with Aligned Stakeholders: Identify and communicate the Foundation’s priorities with a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to motorized/non-motorized outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing, conservation, ranching, tourism bureaus, etc,
  • Event Management and Logistics: Working closely with executive and program leadership, organize and oversee all logistical aspects of meetings, events, and gatherings, ensuring seamless execution and high participant satisfaction.
  • Research and Database Management: Conduct in-depth research to identify potential participants and partners for Foundation events. Develop and manage a comprehensive contact database, implementing founding systems and processes to ensure data accuracy and accessibility.
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Work closely with internal team members, including the Restoration Program Officer and Chief Program Officer, to align community engagement efforts with organizational goals.
  • Innovative Program Development: Contribute to the development of new programs and initiatives that enhance community engagement and support the sustainable use of public lands.

What Makes This Role Exciting:
We are building a culture of bipartisanship and solutions-oriented action. Our team is dedicated to finding common ground and practical solutions to support our public lands and waters. In this role you will have:

  • Impact & Influence: Contribute in a pivotal role to partners and stakeholders who can shape and direct the sustainability of public lands and waters.
  • Start-Up Innovation: Leverage your experience and apply best practices to help build optimal organizational processes from its inception.
  • Growth: Play a key role in shaping the Foundation’s future, contributing to strategic decisions and seeing the direct impact of your work.
  • Team Building: Help build a supportive and collaborative team that values every member’s contributions and focuses on mutual career development.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Recreation, Conservation, Public Relations, Event Management, Public Policy, Communications) or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in community engagement, event planning, or a related role.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with a proven track record of managing complex logistics with government and NGOs.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Technical proficiency in using databases and contact management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement effective community engagement strategies.
  • Passion for public lands, recreation, and conservation, with an authentic and pragmatic approach to these areas.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a proactive and solution-oriented approach.
  • Travel periodically up to 30% during busy seasons.

What Success Looks Like:

  •  Well-organized calendar of community engagements that ensures the Foundation’s presence at key events and activities.
  • Comprehensive and growing lists of key stakeholders and participants for all Foundation events.
  • Seamless and efficient plans and logistics for Foundation events, resulting in high-quality experiences for attendees and a well-oiled machine for staff and volunteers.
  • Strong relationships with diverse multiple-use stakeholder groups, promoting collaboration and inclusive participation.
  • Effective systems and processes for managing community engagement efforts, with accurate and accessible data.

Why Join Us?

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands offers an unparalleled opportunity to be part of a pioneering team dedicated to preserving and enhancing America’s public lands and waters. You’ll be stepping into a role where you can truly make a difference, setting the direction for a foundation that will leave a lasting legacy. If you’re ready to build something groundbreaking and leave your mark on conservation, we’d love to hear from you!


Compensation: $70,000 to $90,000

Benefits: Group medical/vision/dental benefits with 100% employer contribution for employees and 75% contribution for dependents; life insurance; 401k retirement savings plan; and generous holiday and paid time off policies.


Location: This is a remote position.

About the Foundation

Foundation for America's public lands

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands is a pioneering startup on a mission to safeguard the sustainability of our public lands and waters. Chartered by Congress, we are the official charitable partner of the Bureau of Land Management with a pivotal mission: to connect us to our public lands and waters and sustain these special places for the benefit of present and future generations.

Standing on the cusp on an exciting chapter, we are set to become a cornerstone institution, working in close partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and a strong network of local to national stakeholders who share our vision. Our work is ambitious, impactful, and essential – and we are building the inaugural team who will be critical to shaping the Foundation’s future.

With co-headquarters in Grand Junction, CO, and Washington, DC, the Foundation is poised for growth and to have a substantial impact on the future of our nation’s public lands and waters. Discover more about our mission and how you can contribute to this groundbreaking journey at

On May 5, 2017, Congress authorized the creation of  the Foundation for America’s Public Lands (Foundation) to address the following overarching goals:

  • To encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of money, real and personal property; and in-kind services for the benefit of, or in connection with the activities and services of, the Bureau of Land Management.
  • To conduct activities, campaigns, and programs that advance the purposes for which public land is managed.
  • To carry out and encourage educational, technical, scientific, and other assistance or activities that support the mission of the BLM.
  • To assist BLM with challenges that could be better addressed with the support of a foundation, including reclamation and conservation activities, activities relating to wild free roaming horses and burros, and the stewardship of cultural and archaeological treasures on public land.

The Foundation is the official charitable partner of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and works together with the BLM to support its mission. The Foundation is at a critical juncture as they build its leadership, craft strategic priorities, and design programming priority campaigns. Together with BLM, the Foundation can inspire people to care for our lands and build greater awareness and affinity for public lands.

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands is an equal opportunity employer. The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.