With the pending retirement of long-time Executive Director Jim Welsh this winter, Groundswell Conservancy is seeking a new executive director.  Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested in this job.

The Executive Director will lead our team of staff and volunteers and engage with our Board to inspire and build partnerships to expand Groundswell Conservancy’s land conservation programs and make our work useful and relevant to diverse communities. The Executive Director will be a steward of the mission and build on 38 years of success protecting great places. The Executive Director will continue to expand our core mission to permanently protect cherished lands and lead Groundswell to meet emerging challenges in our rapidly growing community. Current challenges are:

  • Overcoming barriers faced by black, indigenous, people of color, and New American farmers to land access and tenure;
  • Responding to people’s changing needs and desires about how to enjoy and use conservation lands, such as through the creation of “all access” trails at our preserves;
  • Helping communities respond to the climate crisis, for example, by protecting and managing wetlands in their watersheds;
  • Protecting more recreational land to meet the demands of our growing population.

This position is based in Madison, Wisconsin and responsible for fostering an organization focused on creating lasting benefits for how people and land come together. The Executive Director is a dynamic, thoughtful, and strategic leader. In addition to driving execution of the mission and the strategic plan, the Executive Director represents the organization in the greater Madison community and the larger conservation community. The Executive Director ensures the continued evolution of the organization, its partnerships, and understands what it means, and what it takes to create permanent benefits to the community.

The complete position description with salary range and benefits is available on our website here.

Please encourage qualified people you know to apply.  If you are interested in being considered for this exciting opportunity, and can demonstrate the required abilities and knowledge, please submit your resume and cover letter to grhyer@wisc.edu and/or call Greg Hyer at 608.320.3243 for more information.

Applications will be reviewed as received with the goal of identifying an outstanding candidate before the end of 2021.  The position will remain open until we have an accepted offer. The expected start date for the position is March 1, 2022.