We're hiring: Mark C. Ackelson Fellowship

Posted on October 3, 2016 in Blog


UPDATE: This position has been filled and we are no longer taking applications. 


Do you have a heart for activism as well as for Iowa’s land, water, wildlife and people? Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is looking for a dedicated conservationist to work with us on a temporary assignment to promote increased, reliable, consistent state funding for Iowa conservation.

The goal

INHF is part of a statewide coalition working together to secure legislative approval for funding of the Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. This Trust Fund was established through an amendment to the Iowa Constitution, and it will be funded the next time the Iowa sales tax is increased. If successful, these efforts will direct an estimated $180 million annually toward natural resource needs including clean water, healthy productive soils, abundant wildlife and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Iowa.

This fellowship offers amazing networking opportunities with Iowa conservation leaders through the Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy Coalition. The Ackelson Fellow will gain experience in grassroots and field advocacy as well as outreach to well-connected conservationists, and will be helping to shape strategies for legislative action. The Fellow will travel within Iowa, report to the INHF president, and work closely with the INHF policy director, communications staff and other INHF staff.

Position responsibilities

The Fellow will work with staff and coalition members to help develop and implement the strategy to get the sales tax increase and the Trust Fund funded. They will help organize, educate, empower and mobilize supporters to take action in support of our goal. List-building, outreach, volunteer recruitment, canvassing by phone or door-to-door and online networking may all be part of this position at different points in the campaign. Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate with and engage differing stakeholder groups.

The ideal candidate

Will have demonstrated success in coordinating political and/or community campaigns and building strategic coalitions to influence public policy; possesses the ability to work independently and execute statewide political/community programs; acts with high integrity and professionalism; is detail oriented; is able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and is willing and able to work nights or weekends on occasion.

This full-time fellowship will be active between November 2016 (post-election) and May 2017 with some flexibility in start/end dates. Monthly stipend and travel expenses are provided. Benefits are not included in this temporary position.

To apply

Deadline: October 21, 2016.