Alliance launches new Watchdogs civic engagement program

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — For 40 years, the Alliance has served as the local watchdog to defend Jackson Hole from an endless parade of bad ideas—from oil/gas wells in Cache Creek to a dam that would have flooded Oxbow Bend, from malls in Kelly and at the Y to a huge commercial increase in downtown Jackson. The Alliance was founded by regular people getting together to protect a community from these threats, and its strength has always been in its grassroots members and volunteers across the valley.

Today, Jackson Hole faces unprecedented threats, according to the Alliance. Over 500 animals are struck and killed on our roads every year. Key wildlife migration corridors are being cutoff and bisected. Rural development is consuming wildlife habitat and open space at an alarming rate the valley. Powerful special interest groups push to privatize American public lands. A shortage of affordable homes is destroying our middle class. And transportation challenges threaten our everyday quality of life.

Partly in response, a few years ago the Alliance launched the Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI)—a 12-week hands-on training that teaches locals how to make a difference on issues they care about. The Alliance also started new programs like a candidate questionnaireVoters’ Guide, and Accountability Checks to better engage community members in the critical decisions made by our local democracy.

Alliance Watchdogs

The Alliance Watchdogs program is the next step in this civic engagement work, and a new way for community members to make a difference on local issues together. The Watchdogs are teams of volunteers who will get involved in issues of common interest, keep up with those issues, hold our elected representatives accountable for making good decisions, and include and engage their friends and neighbors in the civic process.

The Alliance will initially launch two Watchdogs groups: public lands and wildlife, and community planning and character. Anyone interested in learning more about the watchdog program or if you are ready to join a Watchdogs team, please email Tisa.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Alliance will also hire part-time organizers called ‘Watchdogs fellows,’ to coordinate the volunteer teams, track issues through public meeting agendas, and host public events when relevant.

For a full job description, visit the Alliance website. Applications are due Friday, May 24.

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