Job Opportunity: Wolverine Science / Outreach for Defenders of Wildlife

Can you to find a cooler job than this? – Dave

This temporary position is responsible for assisting in the implementation of citizen science/outreach efforts focusing on wolverines in the Rocky Mountain Region. This project assistant will work closely to assist the Defenders’ Rockies and Plains Representative on this project and possibly on other tasks. This position will mainly involve computer work, telephone and in-person communications with numerous entities, interactions with the public at events, and some regional traveling. Continue reading


Issue Opportunity: Northern Cheyenne Ft. Robinson Run

The Montana Afoot and Afloat course visits the Northern Cheyenne Nation in SE Montana in the fall. A crucial part of the tribe’s history is their escape from Ft. Robinson in Nebraska and return to their homeland in Montana. Each year a group of youth and elders retraces that distance, running in relays.

The organizers, Lynette Twobulls and Phillip Whiteman, have asked for help chaperoning (and running) for this year’s event, January 8-14. This would be an amazing experience and service to the Northern Cheyenne. Contact Lynette and Phillip at 406.477.8781.

Yellowbird Inc is the nonprofit cultural / conservation organization sponsoring the run.

Job Posting: MT Women Vote Legislative Assistant

Montana Women Vote is hiring a Legislative Assistant

This position offers the benefit of working closely with a non-partisan, non-profit coalition working on a broad array of policy issues that impact women and families in Montana.

Your experience will include:

• Tracking targeted legislation in the 2013 Montana Legislature and in the media

• Assisting in the writing and development of weekly email action alerts, which are emailed to MWV’s list of 2000+ supporters.

• Assisting in the planning and execution of the Women’s Policy Leadership Institute (WPLI) on February 1st and 2nd 2013 in Helena.

• Helping to build MWV’s story bank with constituent personal stories. Help with outreach and story collection.

• Assisting in planning Montana Women Vote lobby days at the Capitol.

More about us: MWV is a coalition of non-profit women’s organizations working to engage low-income women at all levels of our democracy. Continue reading

Job Opportunities at Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

WRFI alumni looking for work with a great NGO should check these job listings and apply! They may be “Urban,” but they definitely get deep and dirty with the crucial sustainability issues we teach about on WRFI courses. Look to us for references…

Education Events Coordinator, and Membership Campaign Coordinator.


Issue Update: Montanans Testify about Coal Train Impacts

Students from Cycle the Rockies will remember Ressa Charter, the latest of the great conservation activists from the Charter family, who host us on their ranch north of Billings. Ressa traveled to Spokane to testify about proposals for greatly increased coal mining and shipping mean to the real people and real landscapes in Montana. The public comment sessions did not include Montana, so Ressa and many others went to Spokane to speak up.

From the Missoula Independent:

Montanans bus 1,000 miles for voice in coal-export debate

POSTED BY  ON TUE, DEC 11, 2012 AT 11:48 AM

By early afternoon on Dec. 4, the bus that left Billings at 4 a.m. had reached Idaho. The 60 people on board, some of whom climbed aboard in Billings, others in Bozeman, Helena and Missoula, are all eager to arrive in Spokane, Wash., where federal and state agencies are holding a hearing on a proposed coal-export terminal on Washington’s coast, near Bellingham.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apparently figured the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be of little significance to Montana, so it didn’t schedule an Environmental Impact Statement scoping hearing anywhere in the state. But these passengers—Montana ranchers, school teachers, members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe and college-aged activists among them, all wearing matching red “Power Past Coal Montana” T-shirts—are traveling as many as 550 miles over eight hours, each way, to tell the agency otherwise. In short, they want the scope of the coal-export terminal study to include impacts back to the mines in Montana and Wyoming that would supply the coal, such as the proposed Otter Creek mine in southeastern Montana.


With the group still more than an hour from Spokane, Natalie Snyders, a staffer with the Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council, the non-profit that chartered the bus, rises to rouse the road-weary passengers. “The coal doesn’t just start at the Idaho border, it doesn’t just appear there,” she says, standing at the front of the bus with a microphone. “It comes from Montana, right? It comes from the Powder River Basin and [the coal trains are] going to come through Montana, and we’re going to be impacted. Billings is going to be impacted just as much as Spokane is.”

One of the passengers is Ressa Charter, a 31-year-old in a cowboy hat whose family ranches in the Bull Mountains, where they’ve fought coal development for decades. “So I’m bred for all of this,” he says. He calls the coal-export proposition “an obvious boondoggle.” But with the backing of some of the world’s largest coal companies and BNSF Railway, and the lure of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties to the state, there’s real potential to move huge amounts of Montana coal across the Pacific Ocean; a relatively small amount is already shipped to Asia.

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