Southern New Mexico Conservation Organizer

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • Jun 06, 2018
Temporary Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Protection

Job Description

Context: Builds public support to accomplish conservation campaign or program goals of increasing the number of volunteer supporters on issue related to the border wall, nuclear waste storage, dairy ground water pollution, the Gila River Diversion, Monument Defense, oil and gas development in the Permian Basin and Mexican Gray Wolf reintroduction.  Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, and develops relationships with community leaders, other organizations and officials that can influence change on these issues.  Works to support the efforts of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Southern Group

Scope: The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals.  Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans.

Job Activities:

  1. Works independently or with Chapter staff and volunteers to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for a conservation campaign or program.
  2. Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaign or program.  Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  3. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level. 
  4. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to develop networks to support Sierra Club goals.
  5. Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values. 
  6. Works with appropriate chapter staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support with decision makers and in the media
  7. Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign or program outcomes.
  8. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks.  Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  9. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaign or program and priority issues.
  10. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  11. Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.
  12. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • 1 year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
  • Has a strong knowledge base of New Mexico and Western Environmental and Conservation issues.  
  • Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in same key media market, or comparable background.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.  Demonstrated skill in writing and producing newsletters.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in action-oriented office.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
  • Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
  • Proficient computer skills including social networking sites, word processing, and database software.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 6 non-exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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Competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits.