National Parks Conservation Association
Washington, D.C., USA
Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Chesapeake Field Representative will plan and implement NPCA’s strategic advocacy campaigns to expand and protect parkland; increase the health and connectivity of the landscape; reach and engage new and diverse audiences; and connect people to parks at the Chesapeake Bay shoreline and its tributaries. The Chesapeake Field Representative will engage in priority issues at the local, state and federal levels. S/he will travel throughout the region.
Essential Functions: % of Time
Fight threats to and advance opportunities for parks in the Chesapeake watershed by attending hearings, submitting public comments, collaborating with key partners, lobbying decision-makers, and engaging NPCA’s network of advocates on issues ranging from clean air and water legislation to incompatible development impacting parks. Promote landscape conservation by advocating for unit status for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (with partners), advocating for the reauthorization and funding of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Land & Water Conservation Fund “Rivers of the Chesapeake” initiative, and campaigning for the protection and/or expansion of national park land throughout the region. 50%
Plan and conduct outreach activities including habitat and species restoration projects, educational efforts with youth, and land and river clean ups in national parks that support NPCA’s strategic campaigns in the watershed. 25%
Educate audiences on the importance of clean air and clean water and their connection to a healthy landscape. Provide advocacy opportunities to engage these audiences. 10%
Serve as a spokesperson for the campaign before the public and the media, further engaging via social media and NPCA’s website and other tools. 5%
Assist with donor communication and fundraising in support of the National Parks in the Chesapeake Program. 5%
Supervise and mentor interns and research fellows. Assist in designing intern projects and conducting evaluations. 5%
Other: Promote policies that are sensitive to the needs of a diverse workforce. Respect employees regardless of their position or background. Participate in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participate in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attend other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assist in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position.
Minimum Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday with compensatory time off. Requires frequent weekend and evening work, so there is flexibility in the schedule. Significant local and regional travel required. Other required travel may include trips for regional council meetings and other staff events/retreats in Washington D.C. and the greater Mid-Atlantic region.
Minimum Scope of Position: Interacts with Mid-Atlantic staff, Government Affairs, Development, Communications, and other NPCA departments, in addition to external audiences and constituents.
Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:
BA/BS or equivalent experience in relevant field, with graduate degree or equivalent experience preferred
Strongly desires to be part of and add value to a highly-motivated, effective, and dedicated team advocating to protect our national parks
Minimum three to five years in conservation/preservation advocacy or related field, with experience designing, coordinating, implementing, and leading public relations, conservation/preservation, or other issues campaigns
Excellent oral and written communications skills -- one-on-one, in groups, and in public forums
Demonstrated ability to work productively with a variety of individuals and organizations and build effective coalitions
Self-starter who also understands the demands inherent in working for a larger organization
Proven creative and strategic thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to build and work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams to organize and implement priority strategies and tactics towards achieving a goal
Competent with broadly-used computer programs and functions.
Willing to travel and work weekends and evenings as needed to advance the program
Live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values:
Commitment. We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development, and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
Inclusion. We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people and promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
Integrity. We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization’s best interests.
Respect. We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other. We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.
Physical Effort and Dexterity: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Physical Environment: Typical office setting in open cubical office space. Travel as required.
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