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03 May 2022

Executive Director – Ventana Wilderness Alliance

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The Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) based in Santa Cruz, CA, was established in 1998 with the creation of a comprehensive inventory of local lands to determine their suitability for inclusion in a new federal wilderness act. That all-volunteer survey began the effort that continues to this day – advocating for and actively stewarding of this stunningly beautiful, highly popular, and fiercely rugged landscape of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains. This majestic region contains the majority of Big Sur and is the ancestral homelands of the Ohlone, Esselen, and Salinan people. Over 270,000 acres, this exquisite region offers more than 300 miles of trails providing access to upland conifer forests and rolling grasslands, fog-shrouded redwood gulches, stunningly rugged peaks and valleys, and wave-beaten Pacific headlands—truly a “best of” compilation of California landscapes.

From the beginning, the VWA has been a strong local advocate for retaining the qualities of and access to these wild places. From ensuring that roadless lands and free-flowing streams remain so by expanded Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations to engaging in review processes under NEPA and CEQA, the VWA engages in the policy and practice of managing the land. The VWA began as and continues to be an active and informed local voice for the Wilderness.

The Executive Director (ED) will be an active advocate for the lands of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains. The ED will provide visionary and tactical leadership for the organization particularly in fundraising, partnership engagement and integration of programs into a broader strategy. The ED will engage donors, build support, and inspire collaboration to ensure practices and policies are considering the short-term and long-term needs of the Wilderness and the sustainability of the VWA.

Download Ventana Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Position Description Here.

Please contact Nancy Painter should you be interested in learning more or submit your background for consideration at Nancy@painterexecutivesearch.com. To learn more about our organizations, please visit our websites ventanawild and painterexecutivesearch.

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