Job Opportunities

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve playas, prairies, and landscapes of the western Great Plains through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We have a small staff and currently do not have any open positions, but there is an opening within one of our collaborative efforts, the JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative.

JV8 Conservation Director

The JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative (JV8) seeks a leader with demonstrated abilities to grow and manage a large, innovative partnership by serving as the Conservation Director for the initiative. We are looking for an experienced, highly-motivated, self-starting, partnership-oriented individual to lead this emerging, trinational group. View position description.

The Conservation Director provides critical direction and implementation of strategic planning and communications to advance JV8 efforts. The JV8 Initiative, a partnership among eight Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, will implement grassland conservation programs at a landscape of 500 million acres with the goal of reversing or stabilizing declining bird populations in the Central Grasslands of North America, and will include conservation partners from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

To apply, send an email to with a single attachment that includes a one-page cover letter, resume, and three professional references (who will be called only after an in-person interview) by June 12, 2020. In your cover letter, please explain how your experience makes you suited for this position in ways that provide more depth to your resume. Please provide links in your letter to any relevant planning documents in which you were substantially involved. Your application will be acknowledged with an automated reply. For more information, contact any member of the JV8 Hiring Committee: Sean Fields (; Jennie Duberstein (; Dan Casey (; Jeff Raasch (