About Oregon Wild:
Oregon Wild is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations.
Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild’s victories include safeguarding over 1.8 million acres of Wilderness and 2,100 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation, protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests, and the preservation and recovery of numerous endangered species, from Coho salmon to gray wolves. Oregon Wild enjoys a national reputation as a pioneering organization that is both highly strategic and effective, with strong policy expertise.
Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Oregon Wild is committed to building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and society, and we are actively recruiting and encouraging applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and communities to apply for this position. We recognize that important voices have been missing from the environmental movement for far too long and the need to create a more welcoming environment at Oregon Wild and in the conservation community. Our organization believes that by embracing, respecting, and valuing individuals regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry or any other factor, we can become a stronger, more effective defender of Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters. Read more about our organizational values here: www.oregonwild.org/values
General Position Summary:
The Public Lands Campaigner is responsible for developing and carrying out grassroots campaigns to advance public lands protection legislation, and for building a more welcoming, just, and inclusive public lands community in Oregon. It is expected that for the next several years this position will focus on securing the passage of the River Democracy Act. This historic legislation will be the largest-ever expansion of Wild & Scenic River protections in Oregon’s history, and a giant step forward in protecting clean water, salmon, scenic beauty, and river recreation. The position will also support other public lands protection campaigns as capacity allows, as well as some localized grassroots outreach in Central Oregon.
Day-to-day tasks for the Public Lands Campaigner may include:
- Coordinating with environmental, educational, and recreation organizations on active campaigns
- Grassroots organizing to inform, engage, and support activists working to protect public lands, wildlife, and recreational values
- Lobbying elected officials, networking with opinion leaders, and media outreach
- Developing fact sheets, reports, and other materials needed to support Oregon Wild legislative campaigns
- Organizing in-person public outreach and education events and webcasts to build support for Oregon Wild’s public lands priorities
- A special focus of this position is supporting and partnering with individuals and organizations that connect communities of color with public lands, nature, outdoor recreation, and environmental advocacy
Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities
Public Lands Campaigning (60%)
- Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including elected officials, social justice organizations, tribal governments and activists, landowners, businesses, citizen groups, and outdoor recreation groups
- Organize sign-on letters and other expressions of support for RDA and public lands protection from key stakeholders, including state and local elected officials, outdoor recreation groups, and business leaders
- Develop fact sheets, web content, reports, and other materials as needed to support public lands protection campaigns
- Utilize traditional and social media in support of public lands protection, and to raise awareness of threats to the areas. This may include:
- Drafting opinion pieces and letters to the editor for newspapers and online publications, and working with Oregon Wild activists and coalition partners to secure publication
- Generating content to support online activism and social media engagement through email action alerts, blog posts, and the Oregon Wild social media channels (in coordination with the Oregon Wild communications team)
- Recruiting and managing photographers and videographers to document conservation values on public lands
- Organizing rallies, press events, field tours, and other activities to generate public interest and media coverage of campaigns
- Represent Oregon Wild in coalitions with other conservation, environmental justice, and recreation organizations
- In coordination with other Oregon Wild staff, identify and generate opposition to logging, mining, and other activities that threaten priority campaign areas
- Play a supporting role in the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, and seek to engage craft brewing businesses in support of RDA and other public lands protection campaigns
Public Lands for All Organizing (35%)
- Expand and maintain relationships with organizations and leaders working to build a more diverse and inclusive public lands community. Seek out opportunities to partner with and support groups working to ensure the many benefits of public lands can be enjoyed by all Oregonians.
- Organize public and activist hikes, river trips, and social events to increase awareness of, and support for, protecting priority areas. A special emphasis of this work will be to engage with communities historically excluded from public lands recreation.
- Organize and carry out webcasts, film screenings, public forums, and other events designed to engage the public, raise awareness of major public lands issues, and build grassroots support for the protection of public land values
- Recruit and coordinate speakers at Congressional town hall events, county commission meetings, and other forums, and provide speakers fact sheets and background to support pro-conservation testimony
- As needed, recruit and supervise volunteers to assist with rallies, mailings, hikes and other needs
- Grow Oregon Wild’s network of activists and members
General Organizational Support
- Support development staff on fundraising efforts, grants, appeals, etc
- Organize and carry out occasional public outreach events to raise the profile of Oregon Wild in key communities
- Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will ideally have at least one year of experience in grassroots organizing, political campaigning, or similar work and have all/some of the following professional characteristics:
- Experience organizing and carrying out webinars, public presentations, and other public events
- Experience recruiting, educating and motivating volunteers and activists to participate in policy and campaigns
- Experience building and supporting diverse coalitions
- Strong advocacy writing skills, including experience writing fact sheets, talking points, alerts, LTEs, op-eds, and similar materials
- Experience with electronic communications platforms, text messaging alerts, and email management systems (we use EveryAction)
- Experience with utilizing various social media platforms in service of advocacy campaigns
- A deep commitment to the mission of Oregon Wild and a passion for protecting forests, promoting environmental justice, and fighting climate change
- Existing connections to outdoor recreation industry and/or BIPOC communities
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time exempt position based in our Bend office (for the right candidate we will consider other locations within Oregon). The salary range for this position is $42,500 to $52,500 per year. Benefits include paid medical, dental, vision, alternative care, and life insurance; 403(b) retirement plan option with organizational match; and generous vacation and other paid time off including 10 paid holidays, an initial four weeks of vacation that increases with tenure, and sabbatical eligibility after five years. This position will report to the Wilderness Program Manager.
Instructions for applying:
Please fill out this form and separately submit a cover letter, resume, and references consolidated into a single PDF or Word document to email@example.com. Review of completed applications will begin on January 9 and continue until the position is filled.
Important Note About COVID-19
Oregon Wild is a fully vaccinated workplace, and COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted. We have extensive paid sick leave that can be used for vaccination appointments and possible side effects from these vaccines. Please be aware of this requirement upon applying for this position.
To apply for this job please visit oregonwild.org.