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Careers at the Sonoran Institute

Do you have passion for the environment and like to work with people? Are you looking to make a positive and lasting contribution to the world we live in? Are you interested in working in an energetic, creative and entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that is fast-emerging as one of the leading voices on conservation and smart growth issues in western North America? If so, the Sonoran Institute may be the right place for you.

As the Institute continues to expand across the West, from Mexico to Montana, we pride ourselves on attracting and retaining some of the best professionals in the field today. Click here to learn more about our approach, our mission and our vision for the West.

Open Positions:
The Sonoran Institute is accepting applications for the positions listed below. Click the position to view the job description. If we have no open positions, please check back with us again soon.

Chief Executive Officer, Tucson, Arizona (Accepting Applications to April 18, 2014)

Based in Tucson, Arizona, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for providing inspiration and strategic leadership for the Institute by working with a dynamic leadership team to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies. The CEO oversees all organizational activities and ensures that the initiatives of the Institute are carried out in a manner consistent with the organization's mission, vision, programs, and policies as defined by the Board of Directors. The CEO is the organization's lead spokesperson and its most visible representative to direct the Institute's policy agenda. The CEO works closely with the Chief Development Officer in fundraising activities for the organization. Read the Recruitment Profile.

To apply for the CEO position, please send your resume, expression of interest, salary history and requirements to Kara Teising, Partner at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Director, Western Lands & Communities Program - Phoenix, Arizona (Posted Feb. 25, 2014)

In Partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Sonoran Institute is seeking a motivated professional to lead our Western Lands & Communities Program (WLC or Joint Venture). The position is based in our Phoenix, Arizona office. The WLC/Joint Venture is a multi-year and multi-faceted initiative focused on shaping the future of the Intermountain West by informing land use and related natural resources policy.  View the position profile.

Find out more about our Western Lands & Communities Program


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For questions and additional information, please contact:

Ryan VanDero
Human Resource Generalist
Sonoran Institute
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44 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 350
Tucson. Arizona 85701
Tel: 520.290.0828, ext. 1128
Fax: 520.917.5004

Benefits Package:
The Institute offers employees an excellent and comprehensive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance options, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and retirement savings, among others. See the Sonoran Institute Benefits Summary for more information.


The Sonoran Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.