In the fall of 2015 I was living in Brooklyn and looking for a new job. I knew I wanted to stay in conservation so focused on jobs related to that field. I also knew that my husband and I were looking to leave New York City at some point so I also looked for remote jobs where I could potentially work from anywhere if we decided to move. With these criteria in mind, I happened across a remote job at the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. They focused on wildlife conservation, hunting and fishing, and public lands access. I knew next to nothing about New Mexico, but having just traveled to Alaska, I was very interested in subsistence hunting and the impact hunters and other recreators connected to the land could have on conservation. I submitted my application and completely forgot about it (as one does when in job search mode).
A couple weeks later I received a call from the Executive Director and he said my resume was at the top of the pile. We set up a time to meet the day after Thanksgiving in Chelsea. It was during the interview that I realized the job involved moving to New Mexico. The job sounded interesting and the ED was clearly very passionate about the work. When I got home I told my husband I thought the interview went well but it involved moving to New Mexico. He basically said okay let’s move to New Mexico then. To make a longish story a little longer, I got a job offer and within two weeks had said goodbye to my friends and family in the tri-state area and moved to Albuquerque. That was three years ago and I’ve loved every minute of it (and yes my husband eventually joined me).
During my time at NMWF I have increased our social media presence, highlighted our issues through press releases, built a new easy to use website, revamped a biannual publication for statewide distribution, and helped protect public lands across New Mexico.
Here are some of the highlights:
Outdoor Reporter Editions:
- NMWF Responds to Trump Recommendation to Shrink Bears Ears National Monument
- Coalition of Conservation, Faith, and Community Leaders ask Governor Martinez to Oppose Border Wall in New Mexico
- Trump’s Antiquities Act Executive Order is An Attack on Public Lands and Monuments in New Mexico
- Camping in the Valles Caldera with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Multi-State Partners
- The Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
- NMWF Annual Report 2015
- NMWF Annual Report 2016
Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds:
- Forum Will Address Extremism on Public Lands: published in USA Today
- 100th Anniversary of the National Park System – Still More Work to Do: published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
- Act Now to Protect Our Public Lands: published in The Durango Herald
- National Park Service Fee Increase a Bad Idea: published in The Taos News
- Interior Department has Lost Sight of its Mission: published in The Hill