Communications Associate

Aldo Leopold Foundation Inc.

The mission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is to foster the land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Based in Baraboo, Wisconsin, we manage, interpret, and preserve the renowned Leopold Shack and Farm (a National Historic Landmark), which receives thousands of visitors each year. Our care of this special place continues the Leopold family tradition while demonstrating on-the-ground conservation relevance for the 21st Century. Offsite, too, we reach regional, domestic, and international audiences through a variety of education and land stewardship programs. We impart Leopold’s land ethic as described in A Sand County Almanac—the book for which Leopold is most widely known—actively engaging educators, citizens, natural resource professionals, and landowners to improve land health in their own communities. The Aldo Leopold Foundation headquarters is in an idyllic setting surrounded by 600 acres of foundation-owned property and an additional 16,000 acres managed collaboratively among public and private landowners as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The Leopold Center, constructed in 2007, is a LEED Certified Platinum “green” building that is home to the foundation’s office space and visitor center.

Position Details

Communications Associate
Southwest Wisconsin
Baraboo, WI

The Communications Associate is responsible for developing content to engage and grow the foundation’s social communities. Work will require outstanding visual and written communication to accomplish the intended impact and to reflect the brand and mission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The Communications Associate will support the work of the Communications and Marketing Coordinator to grow awareness and support for the foundation’s mission and work, increase participation in the organization’s programs with new and diverse audiences, and increase revenue.

Graphic Design & Media

Design, create, and update visually compelling materials within existing brand and style parameters that promote the work and offerings of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.


Collaborate and brainstorm with teammates on themes, strategies, and content for annual communications and marketing plan to reach, engage, and grow various audience segments including environmentally conscious citizens, young conservation professionals, and landowners.

Email & Social Media

Collaborate with teammates on strategies to cultivate and grow social communities to achieve aggressive growth targets in the next three years.

This is not a complete list of essential duties and responsibilities for this position. For a complete position description and application instructions please visit our website

The Aldo Leopold Foundation seeks a candidate with a degree in graphic design, marketing, and/or communications and a strong interest in conservation and the environment. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently and to multitask, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and a proclivity for focusing on strategic outcomes. Applicants should be creative, professional, and eager to learn.


  • One to three years of related graphic design, communications, marketing experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, editing, and organizational abilities.
  • Proficiency and strong command of Adobe Creative Suite demonstrated by submitted portfolio.
  • Demonstrated experience using social media platforms to grow and engage communities, as well as with management tools to curate content, pull metrics, and monitor audiences via social listening.
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office and email marketing platforms. (MailChimp experience preferred.)
  • Ability to work both independently with little supervision and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated respect and sensitivity for others; ability to inspire trust and work with integrity.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of inclusiveness and diversity in all its forms: racial and cultural, political, age, gender, economic, and social.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapid work pace with frequent deadlines.


  • Experience creating and editing short films.
  • Experience working with print houses on jobs requiring supervision and press check.
  • Familiarity with the work of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Aldo Leopold’s history and legacy.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of current issues in natural resources and conservation.

The salary range for this fulltime, exempt position is $34k - $38k depending on experience, with benefits including health and dental insurance, vacation, and paid holidays.

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