Executive Director (FCM)

The Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa region is one of the most beautiful, complex, diverse, and culturally rich areas on earth. In recent years it has been the focus of intense political drama, from the Obama Administration’s declaration of a National Monument in 2016 initiated from a proposal by a coalition of Native American tribes, to President Trump's reduction of that land area by 85% in 2017.

This land is sacred to many; the Bears Ears buttes themselves are considered a place of healing to the multiple tribes. Both Navajo and Ute people call San Juan County home today, but it is revered as an ancestral home to Hopi, Zuni and other Puebloan people. The canyons of southeastern Utah are held in awe by archaeologists for their high density of ancient rock drawings and habitation sites. The iconic Hole in the Rock Trail traverses the county, built by the early Mormon pioneers, whose descendants still live here. Multiple and sometimes conflicting uses include recreation, grazing, woodcutting, uranium mining and oil and gas development.

Working closely with the Intertribal Coalition, FCM plays a dual role. First, we are the boots on the ground, working at the project level to protect cultural sites, educate visitors, and balance relationships with economic actors who make a living from this land. Second, we work at the local, regional, state, and national level to help ensure policies friendly to protection and stewardship.


Our outgoing Executive Director, Josh Ewing, has built a robust, effective, and growing,organization. It is an immense accomplishment. Today, we seek a new executive who can build on these successes. FCM has an extraordinary opportunity to help define how a truly unique and culturally significant landscape can be collaboratively managed and protected.


Click here to learn about the position. Friends of Cedar Mesa has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience to this link: https://grnh.se/38a059ed2us

Please refrain from contacting Friends of Cedar Mesa directly. All inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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  • Erin Roberts
    published this page in Job Board 2021-01-04 12:06:27 -0500