MWF Announces Opening for Development and Outreach Coordinator

Apr 10 • Lindsey Lemmons

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) announces the opening for Development and Outreach Coordinator at their Madison office location. MWF’s mission is to conserve Mississippi’s natural resources and protect our wildlife legacy. Headquartered in Madison, Mississippi, MWF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a wide range of representation throughout the state. MWF also works closely with national partners, serving as an affiliate member of the National Wildlife Federation. MWF’s Executive Director is accepting applications for the position until May 18, 2018.

Under the direction of the MWF Executive Director, the Development and Outreach Coordinator will oversee MWF’s operations pertaining to membership management, donor solicitations and stewardship, donor and partner meetings, and fundraising. The successful candidate will manage the Hunter’s Harvest program, which includes working with the MWF Executive Director to steward public and private partners, coordinating with MWF staff to cultivate new participants, and reporting on the program to MWF staff and board. S/he will work with MWF staff to develop and maintain digital media, promotional materials, and membership correspondence, as well as to coordinate special events and donor meetings.

Requirements Include:  bachelor’s degree; at least three years of experience in development, outreach, or communications; computer skills and strong human relations skills; ability to work with corporate and individual donors.

Desired:  advanced education degrees and extensive administrative experience; natural resources degree favorable; previous volunteer experience in conservation work.

Some evening and weekend work and travel is required. Eligible candidates should have a genuine dedication to conserving Mississippi’s wildlife and other natural resources.

Submit resume and three references to or mail to the address below no later than May 18, 2018.

Mississippi Wildlife Federation
517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2
Madison, MS  39110

For a full job description, please click here:
Development and Outreach Coordinator Position Description

MWF is an equal opportunity employer.

Help Us Protect the Pearl River and All It Does for Wildlife

Apr 04 • Lindsey Lemmons

This past legislative session, you helped save $95 million of Mississippi taxpayers’ money from going towards construction of the proposed One Lake project on the Pearl River. The proposal would dam the Pearl River in an attempt to control flooding in the Greater Jackson area, but it would also risk the interests of MWF and other stakeholders, including downstream industry and coastal resources.

Though the U.S. Corps of Engineers is on record as preferring enhanced levees, One Lake is the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District’s choice for flood control and economic development. The proposed One Lake and its dam could exacerbate existing flooding and low flow conditions while creating new environmental and public health problems for Jackson, the surrounding area, and downstream. A study assessing the impacts of One Lake is expected to be publicly released very soon.

If you wish to be heard during the public comment period, then please join the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) Camo Coalition for updates.

Marion County, Lawrence County, Hancock County, and Monticello, Mississippi, oppose the proposed project. In Louisiana, parishes bordering the Pearl River, St. Tammany and Washington, oppose the One Lake proposal, as well as two Louisiana municipalities, Bogalusa and Pearl River. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources and the oyster industries in both Louisiana and Mississippi have also passed resolutions opposing the One Lake proposal.

If the proposed project fails to deliver, there is no way to undo any negative impacts to wildlife and our natural heritage, or to undo any economic, social, environmental, and public health damages that could occur in the Jackson-metro area, and downstream all the way to the Gulf.

Rankin and Hinds Counties can achieve flood control without using a dam. MWF and its affiliates support nonstructural alternatives like floodway designs, if proven ecologically sound, and could possibly support an alternative that would not involve a dam and lake. A floodway would protect and improve important wildlife habitat, revenue-generating recreational opportunities, and regulated industries. And using a floodway to control flooding would be more effective, efficient, and economical.

Please join us in promoting a healthier alternative for the Pearl River. Join Camo Coalition.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on March 27, 2018 that it had restructured the recreational fishing season for amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico and established two potential recreational fishing seasons. Under the new rules announced in the fisheries bulletin, the quota harvest will be determined for catches between August 1st and July 31st rather than on a calendar year basis and there will potentially be two recreational seasons each year. The first season will be a fall season from August 1 to October 31st, and if there is sufficient quota remaining, a second season will take place during the month of May.

The revised year for calculating harvest is intended to ensure a fall season during the months of August through October, when there is not as much fishing pressure. This lengthens the season, providing more opportunity to fish. In addition, the August-October and May seasons will relieve fishing pressure during the peak spawning seasons to allow the stock to rebuild.
This is great news for our recreational fishermen and women and could open the door for opportunities to harvest red snapper and amberjack at the same time in Mississippi, as the seasons will overlap during the last week of May and the month of August.

The rule will go into effect on April 30, 2018 and the quota harvested during the first part of January 2018 and the month of May 2018 will be counted towards the 2017-2018 quota year.  A new recreational quota for 2018-2019 will start on August 1, 2018.

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