Community Organizer

(March 13, 2017)

Community Organizer Job Description

Wilderness Workshop seeks a highly motivated, engaging, and skilled Community Organizer. The overarching goal of this position is to broaden, deepen and diversify support for public lands conservation in the greater White River National Forest region. This position will serve two primary purposes: 1) conduct direct community outreach to support WW’s conservation advocacy on particular projects and issues and 2) more generally increase baseline awareness and support for public lands conservation across our service region.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Increase community literacy around public lands and conservation.
  • Identify, cultivate, engage, and empower activists on issues and places we work.
  • Utilize social media strategically and effectively to spread the word, expand support base, and maximize our presence.Ellen-leading-hike-HG
  • Provide programmatic support, including:
    • Federal Lands Disposal – Build diverse allies advocating for keeping fed control of public lands.
    • Thompson Divide – Nurture ongoing community support and activating periodically on particular issues or opportunities.
    • Capital Watch – Manage and execute this rapid response citizen engagement tool.
    • Maroon and Castle Creek Reservoirs – educate the community with the goal of supporting our challenge to these dams.
    • Wild and Scenic Crystal River – build crescendo of support to secure Congressional designation.
    • Miscellaneous Projects – Rally community support behind our efforts to modify or kill public lands developments and to support proactive initiatives or programs.
  • Organize public educational forums that go in-depth on conservation issues.
  • Volunteer cultivation and coordination.
  • Cultivate, train and manage community leaders.
  • Database management.
  • Coordinate with other staff to compile and maintain WW communications resources, photographs, and program materials.
  • Event support for conservation programs and general organizational outreach.
  • Build positive relationships with strategic conservation partners.

Education Component

Staffer will develop and implement a public lands conservation education program. These are long term goals.

  • Develop materials and presentations to aid public school curriculum and teachers
  • Develop an adult stewardship program
  • Produce training sessions for next generation leaders and advocates for conservation
  • Aid the Communications Director with content and tools to pair with new programs for website and social media (ie. stewardship guides, youth guides, material for diverse recreationalists).

Outreach Tasks

  • Create new collaborations and partnerships with diverse local organizations to expand awareness of our work
  • Organize public meetings and other opportunities for public engagement and action on conservation issues.
  • Target diverse new audiences
  • Create opportunities for youth engagement
    • Develop youth resources on our website including introductory guides on public lands history, management and activism
    • Work with the Development Director to build a Next Generation Committee and program
    • Develop collaborative events with youth organizations
    • Create an award or school scholarship for youth activism or environmental study

Desired Skills and Qualities

  • Commitment to public lands conservation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Charismatic with highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Tech savvy, including database, desktop publishing, MSWord, etc.
  • Facile and strategic with social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Experience managing youth and volunteers.
  • Experience with strategic power mapping.
  • Familiarity with grassroots power models of building collective voice for action.
  • Three years experience with grassroots organizing models.
  • Intuitive and a problem solver.
  • Attention to detail and ability to consistently follow through with commitments.
  • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet established timelines and reporting requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organization, presentation and leadership skills.
  • The ideal candidate is an effective and fun team player that is self-motivated, efficient, and energetic, with a great sense of humor.
  • Experience and comfort with people of widely diverging backgrounds, political beliefs, and socio-economic strata.
  • Educator background and good story teller
  • Physical fitness capable of occasional heavy lifting and long wilderness backcountry travel days
  • Spanish language skills desirable

Work Structure and Compensation

  • Full-time, salaried position.
  • Requires working some nights and weekends.
  • Requires regional travel in personal vehicle.
  • Reports to Conservation Director and Executive Director.
  • Salary range starts at $45k, adjusted based on experience.
  • Benefits – flex time, comp time, generous leave benefits including paid vacation, comp days, wellness days (and the occasional powder day!), health stipend, IRA plan.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted if they comply with these guidelines. Email cover letter, resume, 3 writing samples, 5 references to Email subject line must read: Community Organizer Application.

Position open until filled. No calls accepted.