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The Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society  (NAFWS) serves as the Public Information Officer under the guidance and direction of the  Executive Director. The PIO will be responsible for implementing a creative communication  strategy or network to enhance the visibility of Native American Tribal Natural Resource Programs and Native peoples. This will include promoting the exchange of information related to  Tribal fish and wildlife management techniques and policy initiatives in a way that meets the  organization’s mission and goals through media relations and public outreach initiatives. The PIO  will assist the Executive Director in the coordination of events and training for the NAFWS.  

The PIO will be responsible for conducting business in a manner that coincides with the Articles  of Incorporation, Strategic Plan, Code of Ethics and other regulations, policies, and procedures.  

The PIO will frequently be involved in situations that could be complex and sensitive and is  expected to always conduct themselves in a professional manner, and to seek guidance and  direction on issues from the Executive Director.  


Primary duties include:  

  • Develop at least four quarterly newsletters. The newsletters are online newsletters that are uploaded to the NAFWS website and distributed to members.  
  • Manage and maintain the NAFWS website and social media content and design.
  • Manage NAFWS’ trademarks and website domains, contact database distribution list.
  • Create public information materials and handle media outreach related to NAFWS 
  • Assist in the development, promotion, and enhancement of CLEO training for the NAFWS membership.  
  • Promote Tribal interests in the field of fish and wildlife resource management, predicated on the  goals and objectives of the NAFWS.  
  • Promote training opportunities for NAFWS membership. 
  • Cooperate with other professional organizations involved in fish and wildlife resource  management.  
  • Promotes working relationships with the Native peoples of North America.
  • Maintains and develops relationships with national and key regional and Native  American news media outlets to advance NAFWS’ initiatives.  
  • Manage in-bound press inquiries.  
  • Promotes memberships with the NAFWS including individuals; Tribal Governments; and other  interested organizations.  
  • Engage Tribal fish and wildlife professionals and assist in organizing meetings with  stakeholders to provide up-to-date information and receive feedback on legislative and policy initiatives.  
  • Remain up to date and maintain a database on federal fish and wildlife related  legislation/policies and proposed changes.  
  • Support the NAFWS Executive Director by providing preliminary research, policy analysis, and  communication briefs when needed.  
  • Maintains sufficient flexibility to respond to unplanned assignments where expertise is sought  or as directed by the Executive Director.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  


Knowledge/Skills required by the position:  

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife, biological sciences, Environmental or Natural Resources, Communications, American Indian Studies or  related field.  
  • Specialized knowledge: knowledge of website development, communications planning, and  Tribal fish and wildlife issues.  
  • Working knowledge of Tribal governments, treaties, agreements, policies, and sensitive issues  associated with the management of fish and wildlife resources.  
  • Incumbent will have experience with website development and management using WordPress or associated platform.  
  • Incumbent will have experience with Social Media outreach using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other apps and platforms.  
  • Photography and graphic design experience preferred.  
  • Experience with online newsletter systems, such as MailChimp is preferred.
  • Skill in oral and  written communications, and ability to deal effectively with personnel from all levels of Tribal,  Federal, and State governments, academia, special interest groups and the public.  


  • The applicant is under the direct supervision of the NAFWS Executive Director. COMPLEXITY 
  • Incumbent’s tasks involve working with and through many different groups with a wide  diversity of interests to achieve the overall mission and goals of the NAFWS.
  • Incumbent must be able to work effectively with the NAFWS membership and assist them with issues or concerns.  
  • All duties and actions of the incumbent must be carried out in a manner that maintains  professional working relations.  

Internal contact with NAFWS membership, staff, and Board of Directors occurs on a regular basis. Other contacts with various Tribal, federal, and state agencies will be on a frequent basis.  

This position requires a significant of travel which can be very demanding. Most of the work time  will be spent in an office environment and includes standard demands associated with this setting.  Minimal lifting of office equipment supplies, and other work office environment items may be  required. A minimum of 20 pounds may be required to be lifted. The incumbent must  demonstrate flexibility and self-motivation.  


  • The PIO’s duty station will be located at the NAFWS’ main office in the Denver area. Most of  the work is performed in an office setting. Field work usually consists of travel (up to 20%) to  various regions or metropolitan areas for meetings and presentations. Some discomfort may be  encountered when exposed to extremes of heat, cold, or inclement weather.  

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not  discriminate in any personnel practice. As provided in federal law, the NAFWS does provide  employment preferences for Native Americans and veterans of U.S. Armed Services.  

Incumbents will be subject to a pre-employment background check, drug test and reference  checks. Must possess a valid Driver’s license. 

Will be required to serve a 90 day probation period.  


Closing Date: Open Until Filled  

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, BIA Form 4432 (if claiming  Indian Preference) and transcripts to: Julie Thorstenson, PhD at 

NAFWS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at NAFWS are based  upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. As  provided in federal law, the NAFWS does provide employment preferences for Native Americans and veterans of U.S. Armed Services. All employment opportunities are provided without regard  to race, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender status), pregnancy, childbirth  or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other  characteristic protected by law.  

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5. Miscellaneous:  Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the Community Relations Newsperson (Senior Reporter), Community Relations Manager (Managing Editor) or Community Relations Director.

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  • Knowledge of technical photography and camera components.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Google Analytics.
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  • Skill with writing news stories, feature stories, research and scripts.
  • Skill with both verbal and written communication skills. 
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Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience:An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in journalism, English, communications or a closely related field, plus two (2) years full-time work writing news articles for a newspaper, or in another news media work environment required.

  • Bachelor’s preferred from an accredited university in journalism, English, communications or a closely related field.


  • Experience with both print and electronic media.
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  • Graphic Design experience.
  • Experience with social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered

Underfill Eligibility: An enrolled Community Member whom closely qualifies for the minimum qualifications for a position may be considered for employment under SRPMIC Policy 2-19, Underfill.Special Requirements

  • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends, may be required to work beyond normal working hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified: Community Member Veteran, Community Member, Spouse of Community Member, qualified Native American, and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain preference, the following is required: 1) Qualified Community Member Veteran (DD-214) will be required at the time of application submission 2) Qualified Community Member (must provide Tribal I.D at time of application submission),3) Spouse of a Community Member (Marriage License/certificate and spouse Tribal ID or CIB is required at time of application submission), and 4) Native American (Tribal ID or CIB required at time of application submission).

Documents may be submitted by one of the following methods: 

  1. attach to application
  2. fax (480) 362-5860
  3. mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date. 

The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted. 

Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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