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Position Title:  Communications Manager

Reports to:  Executive Director

Location: Arizona (preferably Phoenix or Tucson)

Classification:  Salaried; full time

About AFW:

Founded in 1923 to promote the management of Arizona’s natural resources on a scientific basis, the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) remains one of Arizona’s most trusted conservation organizations.  Our programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring and protecting habitat, assuring access to public lands, promoting Arizona’s rich heritage of hunting and fishing, and connecting people with nature.  Our members range from sportsmen to wildlife gardeners, and share a common value in the importance of public lands, wildlife, and wildlife habitat. AWF is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

About the Position:

The AWF Communications Manager will manage all aspects of AWF communications.  They will collaborate with AWF staff and partners to understand and develop messaging relevant to our advocacy goals and programs, ensure that communications activities are coordinated, and educate targeted audiences about issues and programs.  The Communications Manager will engage the public, journalists, stakeholders, and our partners and supporters through media and traditional outreach, and will manage digital communications including social media and websites.


  • Work with AWF staff, board, and partners to understand AWF’s goals and perspectives, as well as those of our partners and audiences, in order to develop relevant, articulate, and effective messaging.
  • Write and produce of a variety of content including, but not limited to: central messaging, social media, blogs, talking points, case studies, videos and presentations.
  • Develop content, coordinate with contributors, edit, design, layout, and distribute monthly digital AWF eNews, quarterly print magazine Arizona Wildlife News, and Annual Impact Report.
  • Write and distribute communication materials including press releases, fact sheets, opinion articles, letters to the editor, blog posts, and action alerts that support AWF’s advocacy and policy positions.
  • Create and distribute content that generates excitement and support for our education and volunteer programs, and markets our organization and work.
  • Produce and post content for digital platforms (websites and social media) including creation of original graphics and messaging and customizing content provided by partners.
  • Manage and regularly update the AWF website and coordinate with our outside contractor to manage the Get Outdoors Arizona (GO AZ) website. 
  • Manage the communications calendar to ensure all messaging is coordinated, complementary, and appropriately paced.
  • Track and improve messaging effectiveness through the use of communications analytics.
  • Build media relationships with outdoor and environmental reporters, plan and execute tele-press events, press conferences, discussion roundtables, and media tours.
  • Help organize, execute, and promote outreach events including tabling at expos and events, hosting film screenings, coordinating field trips, etc.
  • Contribute to a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

About You:

You are passionate about conservation and outdoor recreation in Arizona and an energetic communications professional. You are a skilled writer and have experience with both digital and print media. You understand the nuances of advocacy communications to diverse audiences.


  • Personally aligned and committed to the Arizona Wildlife Federation’s mission and values.
  • Passionate about conservation and outdoor recreation, hunting, or fishing.
  • Knowledgeable about the Arizona outdoors and familiar with issues regarding conservation, outdoor recreation, and public lands.
  • Excellent written communication skills including strong editing skills, attention to detail, and an ability to convey conservation messages across a range of audiences and across the political spectrum.
  • Experience in advocacy or communications related to public lands, forest management, outdoor recreation, climate change, and the heritage of hunting and fishing. 
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies and compelling content.

  • Experience creating content for and managing digital media, including websites, social media, and data analytics.
  • Experience with graphic design and layout tools used for web design, social media, digital ads, and print media.
  • Energetic, creative, self-starter, organized and able to work both independently with little supervision, but also willing to do all levels and types of work in close collaboration with staff and partners.
  • Excellent presentation and verbal communication skills including experience engaging diverse audiences such as some or all of the following: executives, donors, supporters, board members, community groups, and BIPOC groups and individuals.
  • Enthusiasm and outlook that draws in and inspires others, and especially younger more diverse individuals, to support AWF’s goals, vision, and values.

  • B.A. or B.S. degree and 2-5 years relevant work experience in advocacy communications or non-profit membership management and development.

Salary Range and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $55,000 based on qualifications.  The Arizona Wildlife Federation offers an organizational culture that values staff well-being and professional development.  Staff members are encouraged to experience Arizona outdoors and develop personal connections to the issues and places we work to protect.  As such, benefits include a generous vacation and holiday package, and flex-time schedules that allow a healthy work-life balance.  AWF also offers a monthly health-care reimbursement plan to qualified employees.

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest and resume to AWF's Executive Director, Scott Garlid,

The Arizona Wildlife Federation is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer.  Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our commitment to diversity is an AWF priority. We recognize that our mission of conservation is best advanced through the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.  We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, origins, religions, sexes, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status, or other status protected by law.

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