Full-Time Conservation Organizer
Job Description: Conservation Organizer
HOURS: 40 hours per week LOCATION: Hood River, Oregon
STATUS: Non – Exempt SUPERVISOR: Conservation Director
SALARY: $20.00 – $22.00 START DATE: December 2021 – January 2022
Friends of the Columbia Gorge was founded in 1980 and has over 6,500 members in Oregon, Washington, and beyond dedicated to preserving, protecting, and stewarding the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. With offices in Portland and Hood River, Oregon and Washougal, Washington, the organization uses an array of tools (advocacy, litigation, land acquisition, and public education) to ensure the Columbia Gorge remains a wondrous and vibrant place. In 2005, Friends launched the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) support organization to acquire and steward spectacular landscapes within the Columbia Gorge.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The conservation organizer is responsible for recruitment, cultivating, and motivating activists, interest groups, members, and other entities in the Columbia River Gorge to actively support Friends of the Columbia Gorge in its efforts to protect and enhance scenic beauty, natural heritage and public recreation opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge. Friends is looking for someone interested in advocacy and conservation, possessing strong interpersonal and communication skills, and sustained enthusiasm for working with the public. The position requires regular interaction with coworkers, local partners, activists, volunteers, donors, and Gorge residents. This position is a hybrid work model, with a couple of days in the Hood River office and the rest of the time either in a home office or out in the field. The Conservation Organizer does not supervise any staff, but will routinely direct activists and volunteers.
• Build and maintain a list of activists and communicate with them regularly via phone, email, text, and in-person communications
• Manage online advocacy efforts in the Columbia River Gorge
• Assist in drafting action alerts, fact sheets, organizing materials, and newsletter articles
• Create a leadership network to assist in organizing activities
• Conduct outreach to diverse communities, businesses, civic groups, students, and nonprofit organizations
• Represent Friends in its local coalition efforts
• Recruit and train activists to testify at public hearings, write comment letters, and letters to the editors
• Hold periodic meetings to update activists on conservation efforts
• Work with the Portland conservation organizer and conservation director to coordinate outreach and organizing efforts
• Attend and represent Friends in local government meetings with the assistance of the conservation director
• Build and maintain strong relationships with Friends’ allies
• Serve as local media spokesperson as needed
• Assist the conservation director in grassroots and grass tops lobbying efforts
• Organize public events, outreach activities, and tabling opportunities for current and new individuals or groups seeking a broad diversity of supporters
• At least two years of experience in grassroots organizing and advocacy
• Experience working with diverse communities
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Experience in working with member/activist databases and alert networks
• Some familiarity with land-use planning, environmental law, state and federal legislative processes, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
• Strong organizational and time-management skills
• Ability to lift boxes and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
• Ability to work some non-standard hours including nights and weekends
• College degree or equivalent experience
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites and Google Suite
• Experience with Salesforce, MailChimp, and Phone2Action
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Starting pay is $20.00 – $22.00 per hour, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include generous vacation time and holidays, generous health benefits for employee and dependents along with an employer matched retirement plan.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
Bringing together a broad and diverse coalition of people who share a common love for the Columbia Gorge is vital to Friends’ long-term success. The Gorge will be a healthier, more vibrant place when a diverse and inclusive collection of advocates, stewards, and volunteers are at the table.
Friends has included a new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice process as one of three overarching goals in its 2018-21 strategic plan. Every department and individual are expected to understand and work to integrate relevant components of this plan into their work.
All staff members are expected to commit to personal growth and learning, taking initiative to expand your understanding of DEIJ and related principles, issues, and practice and how they apply to our work.
Staff members will participate in organizational trainings and workplace groups (DEIJ committee, staff social committee, lunch & learns) and other opportunities to shape our organizational culture.
Everyone will work to apply the skills and practices needed to create an inclusive organizational culture where everyone feels they belong including (but not limited to): clear and kind communication, giving and receiving feedback, mutual accountability, self-care, and boundaries.
Friends is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state and federal law.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoffs, recalls, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Hybrid, full time within the typical 9:00 – 6:00 office hours. Other hours would include flexing schedule to include earlier morning, evening, or weekend work for events, tabling, or meetings. Work environment includes desk work with a sit/stand option, using a computer extensively, some phone work, outdoor work including occasionally in inclement weather. COVID -19 vaccination and basic background check required for all employees.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.