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Colorado Front Range Organizer
Department: Wildlife Program, Climate & Energy Program
Location: Denver Metro/Colorado North Front Range region
Job Type: Part-Time/Temporary (6 month initial engagement), approx. 25 hrs/week
Colorado Front Range Organizer: WildEarth Guardians, the West’s leading environmental enforcement organization, is seeking a passionate organizer to lead our on the ground efforts to advance wildlife and climate and energy platforms in Colorado. Colorado faces an unprecedented opportunity to advance environmental protection and to build political and public support for animal welfare and climate justice. WildEarth Guardians’ cutting edge campaigns are leading the charge to defend Colorado’s clean air and climate from fracking and to safeguard the state’s wildlife from cruel exploitation. With key training and support, the Colorado Field Organizer will work to mobilize thousands of citizens to make these issues a priority for Colorado decision-makers, focusing on organizing communities in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld Counties.
History: WildEarth Guardians is a bold environmental advocacy group that pulls no punches and embraces a vision for a future that is 100% fossil fuel-free and 100% behind the rights of nature. With a history of landmark environmental victories, we are the leading environmental advocacy organization working to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We’re lawyers, scientists, advocates, and organizers. We speak for the wildlife, places, and waters that have been historically dominated and abused to serve the interests of a greedy few. Since 1989, bit by bit, we are restoring the balance. We are now, as always, A FORCE FOR NATURE.
Job Scope and Responsibilities:
- Build and leverage alliances with local activists and allied organizations working to advance environmental, wildlife and health protection in Colorado;
- Recruit and train campaign volunteers and key coalition partners;
- Create, cultivate, and sustain lists of key contacts from diverse communities;
- Participate in key public events – including workshops, forums, agency meetings, etc. – to engage and advance Guardians’ positions and messages;
- Plan and execute education and outreach events;
- Create toolkits to empower and activate supporters around our campaigns and key events;
- Utilize social media and e-mails to communicate and mobilize members and supporters;
- Build relationships with decision-makers to ensure long-term action;
- Implement other tactics to pressure political targets to become champions;
- Quickly develop knowledge of climate and energy and wildlife issues.
Skills and Accomplishments:
- Demonstrated leadership experience;
- Able to inspire a diverse group of people;
- Strong communication skills including public speaking, written and oral;
- Critical thinking and time-management skills;
- Able to keep a level head in a fast-paced campaign environment;
- Previous grassroots organizing or canvassing experience (can be on campus);
- Strong connections within communities, local governments along Front Range;
- Spanish-speaking a plus.
- Ability to extensively travel throughout the Front Range, including one day a week working at Guardians’ Denver office (located at 2590 Walnut St.);
- Excellent computer skills, including social media;
- Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance.
How to apply: In one PDF document, send resume, cover letter and contact information for two references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Colorado Front Range Organizer.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on September 6, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applicants and other workload, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Salary: Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. Pay range is $20-30/hour. Initial employment term will be for six months with possibility to renew employment based on performance and campaign needs. No additional benefits are offered for this part-time position.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity: As an advocate for the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We highly value diverse perspectives and experiences. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and externally. We acknowledge the intersections between social, racial, and economic injustice and the inequities that are driving the climate crisis and harming wild nature. Applicants with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively strives to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.
Grant County Wildlife Campaign Organizer
Work Level: Contract
Location: Flexible within Grant County
The Grant County Wildlife Campaign Organizer is a 10-15 hour/month contract position with WildEarth Guardians. The position will work to support our two priority wildlife campaigns in New Mexico: 1) banning cruel and dangerous traps from public lands, and 2) reforming the rogue federal USDA Wildlife Services program’s indiscriminate poisoning, trapping, and aerial gunning of our native wildlife. The Organizer will coordinate and implement grassroots tactics in Grant County as part of a well-refined strategic framework for reforming how county, state, and federal governments treat native wildlife.
The Organizer will leverage public support for wildlife and wild places to grow grassroots and political power supporting an ethic of coexistence with the wildlife of southern New Mexico. The Organizer will use communications, relationship-building, critical thinking, and organizing skills to implement a successful campaign by meeting key metrics around list-building and volunteer engagement/empowerment. Creativity, a rock-solid work ethic, resilience, desire to learn, commitment to advocating for the natural world, a healthy sense of outrage, and the will to win are essential.
The Organizer will engage, educate, and empower the public, community leaders, and elected officials as means to reforming wildlife governance and protecting native wildlife and ecosystems from the threat of traps, poisons, and other unethical, unscientific methods of “wildlife control.”
The position reports directly to Guardians’ Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate. The Organizer will work with the Advocate to implement county- and regional-level strategies to build and mobilize grassroots support for native wildlife. The Organizer will engage with volunteers and e-activists.
By working for this campaign, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to be bold, dedicated, and supported as you put in motion strategies to combat unjust, unethical, and outdated practices that kill our native wildlife and endanger the public and companion animals. You will play a key role in fighting for government accountability and transparency while defending the vulnerable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We hope you will join us.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with the Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate and Wildlife Program Director to refine and implement Guardians’ TrapFree New Mexico and End the War on Wildlife campaigns;
Build and leverage alliances with local activists and allied organizations working to confront native wildlife killing in communities throughout New Mexico;
Build and maintain relationships with city, county, and state elected officials, their staff, volunteers, citizen activists, partner organizations, and the media to protect native wildlife;
Refine a variety of written materials, including social media content, related to native wildlife protection;
Identify, recruit, and manage volunteers;
Help identify and implement the best ways to engage, empower, and mobilize people to reform wildlife governance in select communities across New Mexico;
Track and measure the effectiveness of tactics with bi-monthly reporting to the Advocate;
Measure success based on key metrics to ensure progress toward achieving Guardians’ vision for coexistence with native wildlife.
Essential Qualifications Include:
Excellent communication, time-management and organizational skills;
Enjoys working with people and thrives on engaging with the public;
Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills;
Experience in running successful grassroots campaigns online and offline;
Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team;
Ease in working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and composure when interacting with diverse stakeholders;
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare;
A healthy sense of outrage and a sense of humor.
Additional Desirable Qualifications Include:
Spanish language skills (highly desired);
Experience managing volunteers, with preference given to those with organizing management experience;
Experience with event and activity logistics and planning;
Comfort with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, contentious campaigning environment;
Knowledge of New Mexico state politics;
Formal organizing training and a minimum of one year of organizing experience;
Campaign planning and execution experience;
Strong connections within the Dona Ana County communities, particularly within local government
Intermediate or advanced social media skills: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Special Job Requirements
As a contractor, you will largely make your own hours, but expect to be flexible and work some weekend and evening hours. You must supply your own necessary equipment (e.g. work space, laptop with applicable software, vehicle, insurance) to perform the work as defined by the contract agreement. Travel costs will be covered when pre-approved. Some travel around southern New Mexico will be required.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. Pay range is $20-25/hour. Initial contract will be for four months with renewal likely, based on performance and campaign needs. No additional benefits are offered for this contract position.
Send applications addressed to Chris Smith to email@example.com with subject line “Grant Contract Organizer.” Applications will be considered on rolling basis starting on August 16, 2018 and should include in one document (PDF preferred):
- Cover letter
- Two references
No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applicants and other workload, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity As an advocate for the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We highly value diverse perspectives and experiences. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and externally. We acknowledge the intersections between social, racial, and economic injustice and the inequities that are driving the climate crisis and harming wild nature. Applicants with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively strives to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.