Green nonprofits are scouting for new bosses

By Robin Bravender | 02/23/2024 01:14 PM EST

A wave of executive resignations has spurred recruitment at nonprofits that work on climate, conservation and endangered species.

signs hanging on a door say "we are hiring" and "apply today"

Several environmental and conservation groups are looking for new leaders. Eric Prouzet/Unsplash

High-profile conservation groups and environmental nonprofits are hunting for new leaders after their current heads resigned or announced their plans to exit.

The environmental think tank Resources for the Future, conservation groups Defenders of Wildlife and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and the science and climate advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists are all searching for new bosses.

The turnover comes after other big environmental and climate advocacy groups have hired new leaders in recent years, in part due to internal upheaval in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a unionization push, and pressure to diversify staff and management. While each nonprofit has its own internal dynamics, some advocates see the leadership shift as a chance to attract fresh talent and diversity into the movement.


“I always see leadership transitions as an exciting opportunity to bring in a new vision for an organization,” said Adriane Alicea, managing director of the group Green 2.0, which aims to boost diversity in the environmental movement.