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Sierra Forest Organizer

First review date: December 21, 2016
Closing date: Position is open until filled

About the Sierra Forest Coalition:  The Sierra Forest Coalition (“Coalition”) is composed of conservation groups and individuals working to improve the management of our national forests and to protect sensitive natural resources in the Sierra Nevada. Coalition members include national and regional groups, such as Defenders of Wildlife, CalWild, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Forest Legacy. We have been working together for twenty years to promote conservation and protection of wild places, watersheds and wildlife in the Sierra Nevada bioregion. We are seeking a field organizer to help us extend our reach and build support for conservation in the central Sierra Nevada. 

Summary: The Sierra Forest Organizer will work with Coalition members to develop and implement strategies and action plans focused on organizing targeted constituencies in support of the Coalition’s conservation agenda and increasing public awareness and favorable media coverage about key conservation issues. General responsibilities include: outreach to targeted constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting the Coalition’s existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; and ongoing media education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Work with the Advisory Team, composed of leaders from the Coalition, to develop and implement campaigns and outreach plans
  • Mobilize Coalition members and other activists in the Sierra Nevada region using various strategies and tools to support the Coalition’s conservation agenda
  • Expand the regional network of constituencies promoting the Coalition’s conservation agenda to include land trusts, restoration organizations, college students and faculty, recreation businesses, local officials, sportsmen’s groups, and other environmental and scientific organizations
  • Expand base of support for key conservation issues among targeted segments of the general public
  • Work in coordination with Coalition members
  • Develop, distribute, and present campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations
  • Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to the Coalition

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to learn and effectively communicate scientifically and politically complex resource issues to the coalition’s constituents, the general public, and media
  • Able to conduct information analyses to support outreach
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse partners
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various audiences
  • Ability to work with and facilitate the participation of volunteer activists
  • Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus
  • Good time-management, personal organization, and prioritization skills
  • Familiarity with resource topics (e.g., resource issues, jargon, law and policy, public lands management, decision making structure)
  • Functional competency with basic Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google products (Gmail, Drive, Calendar).

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as natural resource management, environmental studies, political science, or communications;
  • Four or more years of proven grassroots organizing success in political or issue campaigns within the same geographic area or with similar issues;
  • Experience meeting with decision makers, and working with coalitions, activists, and volunteers.

Work Environment:  This position is based in Sacramento or the central Sierra Nevada (Tuolumne to Plumas County). This position works from a home office with an option for a Sacramento-based office shared with another conservation organization.

Detailed Job description: Click here.

Salary and Benefits: This position will be hired by Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of Tides Center. Competitive salary based on relative experience. Benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 403 (b) retirement plan, life & disability insurance and paid vacation leave. Position is full-time exempt.

How to Apply: Email the following in PDF Format to “Sierra Forest Organizer” in the subject line:

  • Compelling cover letter explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in working with the Sierra Forest Coalition;
  • Resume;
  • Salary requirements; and
  • Three references.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled; the first review of applications will occur after December 21, 2016.  We are seeking to fill this position in January 2017.

Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.