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Conservation Programs Community Organizer

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Denver
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Sierra Club
Contact Name
Telephone (415) 977-5691
Fax (415) 977-5794
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States
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Conservation Programs Community Organizer

City: Denver
State: CO
Job Code: 204-13CHP
# of Openings: 1


Job Title: Conservation Programs Community Organizer

Chapter: Rocky Mountain Chapter

Reports To: Chapter Director

Context: The Conservation Programs Community Organizer recruits and trains a chapter’s volunteers, helps them organize communities, and implements a chapter’s conservation campaigns and plans, such as oil & gas (75% of the workload), land use management, air/water quality, wilderness management, transportation planning, wildlife, and urban planning. Issues other than oil & gas will constitute approximately 25% of the workload. 

Scope: The Conservation Programs Community Organizer, under the direction of the Chapter Director, recruits environmental supporters to participate and lead in chapter conservation issue teams, works with teams to develop and implement programs, trains volunteer teams to become chapter and local community leaders, helps them implement the Chapter’s approved conservation programmatic and priority campaign objectives, assists teams in their efforts to find solutions. 

Job Activities:

1. With current chapter volunteer leaders, while recruiting and training new volunteer leaders as needed, identifies and develops programmatic/campaign outcomes, goals, strategies, tactics, and timelines (henceforth, “plans”). Implements and helps with re-assessment of existing plans.

2. Coordinates plans with national Sierra Club and local groups, when overlap is applicable.

3. Researches other interest groups’ plans, and coordinates or recruits volunteer coordinators to interact with relevant organizations (movement and coalition building).

4. Works with staff, volunteer leaders and other interest groups to identify, recruit and organize volunteers for conservation programs and campaigns. Recruits, coordinates and facilitates grassroots involvement in conservation plans. For the oil & gas campaign, helps build a statewide volunteer local organizer network, to be guided by the leadership of the volunteer oil & gas leadership core-team.

5. Trains all volunteers in community organizing skills and execution, including classroom-like or “summit” training opportunities, informal on-going house parties, and opportunistic one-on-one trainings.

6. Acts as supporter, mentor, coach, and example to volunteers at the entry through top leadership levels.

7. Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates laws, initiatives and new developments affecting conservation issues at the community, state and national levels. Informs relevant volunteer leaders as necessary. 

6. Makes presentations to community, political, and governmental bodies regarding chapter conservation efforts. Writes press releases, newsletters, flyers, etc, to keep the Club membership and the general public informed. Trains volunteers on how to perform these functions.

7.  When funding permits, advocates the Sierra Club position on proposed legislation involving conservation programs; informs and communicates with elected officials, business leaders, governmental agencies, and other non profit organizations. Trains volunteers on how to perform these functions.

8.  Works closely with media representatives to insure that the message of the Club is accurately represented by the media. Trains volunteers on how to perform these functions.

9. Maintains volunteer database and lists of volunteer openings and refers interested members to appropriate chapter teams, committees, and leaders.

10. Assists the appropriate staff and volunteer leaders with planning and implementation of assigned programs, including coordinating phone banks, overseeing volunteer door-to-door outreach, handling lists and databases of campaign activists and supporters, and making arrangements for events and activities.

11. Writes newsletter articles and uses chapter social networking to keep members and supporters informed and as a method of recruitment.

12. Provides program support as needed, including handling phone inquiries, administrative support such as faxing and mailings, and volunteer supervision.

13. Assists in chapter fundraising efforts as needed.

14. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

--  BA/BS degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field. Formal community organizing studies/experience preferred, such as Green Corps, or similar training program.

-- 1-2+ years’ experience in the environmental field that includes research and organizing campaigns, press relations and public speaking.

-- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers. Knowledge of building volunteer teams and developing conservation campaigns.

-- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

-- Proficient computer skills, including Google Drive collaborative software and social networking skills.

--  Demonstrated public speaking ability.

-- Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of organizations and volunteers.

--   Experience with at least one community organizing or mobilizing project.  More than one preferred.

-- Able to travel as needed.  Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

--   Ability to interact positively with community residents, volunteers, staff and the public.

--   Demonstrated interest in the environment or related public interest issues.

--   Ability to clearly explain complex issues and effectively communicate them to volunteers and community residents.

 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. To see the full benefits package we offer, please visit http://www.sierraclub.org/careers/downloads/benefitsbrochure.pdf. This is a category 6 exempt position.

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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