Western Watersheds Project is looking for someone to succeed its sharp-tongued founder and executive director Jon Marvel.
I could not reach Marvel Monday so I don’t know why he has decided to step down at this time. But the group whose lawsuits have reshaped Idaho state grazing policies and forced tougher restrictions on ranchers who use federal forage, posted the executive director job Aug. 20.
The candidates must be able to manage a staff of 12, multiple field offices, raise money, and oversee legal efforts and move to Idaho. But most of all they have to have a “commitment to ending public lands livestock grazing.”
The person they choose will be “the public face of our organization,” the notice says.
Marvel made himself perhaps the most hated man in the ranching community, a role he once relished. But as his biting disdain of ranchers and cowboy culture started getting in the way of the organization, he and WWP sought to emphasize the many members and donors behind Marvel, not just him.
Western Watersheds Project was founded in 1993 and now has 1,400 members and with field offices in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and California, according to its website. It had an annual budget of $1 million in 2009.