Legislative Organizer

  • Northern Plains Resource Council
  • Helena, Montana (after orientation period in Billings)
  • Jan 24, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Energy Environmental Protection

Job Description

Northern Plains Resource Council



LOCATION: Helena, Montana, with orientation in Billings, Montana.

The title “Legislative Organizer” or “Legislative Organizing Director” is based on candidate’s prior applicable experience.

About Northern Plains: For 45 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has been committed to organizing Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farming and ranching, and our unique quality of life. Northern Plains is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Northern Plains’ website is www.northernplains.org .


The Legislative Organizer (or Legislative Organizing Director) will work with Northern Plains as a whole, our issue task forces, and also with our locally based affiliate groups (most of which are in small, rural communities). Overnight travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position, probably a couple of times a month. You won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.

After an orientation in Billings, this position will relocate to Helena, the Montana state capital. This is a permanent, salaried, and exempt position.

This position is a mix of community organizing around issues and lobbying. This position is responsible for helping to get our organization ready for the biennial Montana legislative session. He/she will work with Northern Plains’ Director of Organizing, member committees and Board of Directors to implement our legislative agenda. This will involve drafting legislation, meeting with allies, meeting with targeted legislators, helping to develop a media plan, and coordinating member lobbying and actions.

As the lead lobbyist for Northern Plains, you will be lobbying during the legislative sessions, interim legislative committees, and state agencies. Additionally, the position represents us in coalitions, and has issue and community organizing assignments.

Northern Plains Resource Council has a strict grassroots methodology. Decisions are made democratically by our membership. You will be supervised by the Director of Organizing and Campaigns and will be directed by our member-leaders.


  • Help staff our member groups (affiliates) and issue task forces
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising;
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with members, potential members, allies and decision-makers;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Work with member-leaders to develop their skills and accomplish democratically determined goals
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, fundraising, and routine office tasks;
  • Work with member committees on our legislative agenda, bill preparation, lobby strategy;
  • Lobby the Montana Legislature;
  • Maintain contacts within state agencies relevant to our work;
  • Plan and implement strategy on issues;
  • Conduct research;
  • Write newsletter and website updates
  • Write weekly updates for members during legislative session;
  • Work on ballot initiative campaigns, as needed;
  • Travel to Billings office for board of directors and other meetings;
  • Probability of supervising 1-2 staff or interns.


  • Commitment to our issues and values – including a grassroots methodology;
  • Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong speaking and writing skills;
  • Ability to travel and be away overnight;
  • Willingness to work long hours when needed;
  • Experience with state legislative politics, procedure, and policy is preferred;
  • Experience with political campaigns and/or lobbying preferred.

Also helpful:

  • Experience (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues,;
  • Familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, experience with the media and fundraising. 

This is very much a “people” job.


Legislative Organizer salary: $30,000-$36,000 depending on experience;
Legislative Organizing Director salary: $36,000-$43,000 depending on experience;

Health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks’ vacation; sick leave, holidays, pension program; use of staff vehicle and gas reimbursement for job-related travel; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment; and the satisfaction of making Montana and the world a better place.


This position is open until filled, but we encourage applications as soon as possible.

Email the following to Olivia Stockman Splinter, Director of Organizing and Campaigns: olivia@northernplains.org :

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references;
  • Date of availability.

Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org.


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$30,000-$43,000 DOE

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