Field Organizer

Friends of the River is hiring a Field Organizer to build a stronger grassroots base of support for California’s rivers. Organizing in the context of a water crisis, this campaign will promote sustainable solutions to meet our water needs instead of building dams and diversions that would cost billions and destroy rivers without providing any more water to address the drought. This is an excellent opportunity to join a motivated team working to protect California’s rivers for wildlife, water quality and recreation. This is a full-time position based in either Sacramento or the Bay Area with benefits and a salary range of $30-$40K/year. The Field Organizer will report to the Executive Director and work with other staff, board members and volunteers.


  • Implement a visible, creative and action-oriented grassroots campaign that engages thousands of people though community outreach, education, coalition-building, earned and social media.
  • Recruit, train, manage and support volunteers for tabling, phone banking and other activities.
  • Write and regularly post web and social media content.
  • Contact media outlets, write press materials and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Provide some support for individual donor and foundation fundraising
  • Coordinate with FOR staff and ensure internal communication through staff calls and meetings.
  • Requires some weekend and evening work and occasional travel within California.


  • 1 ; 2 years of grassroots and/or campaign organizing experience.
  • Highly organized with a track record of recruiting and coordinating volunteers.
  • Some experience with individual fundraising and membership development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with experience working in teams.
  • Website maintenance, mass email communications, social media with video editing a plus.
  • Creative, resourceful and able to manage multiple moving parts.
  • Valid California driver’s license and a vehicle.
  • A love for California’s rivers and a desire to help protect them.


Organizational background

Based in Sacramento, Friends of the River is widely recognized as an authority on the impacts of dams, industrial and agricultural operations and land use policy on rivers and riparian habitat. FOR was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from being destroyed by the construction of New Melones Dam. FOR went on to become California’s only statewide river conservation group, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California’s rivers and their watersheds. Today, FOR has five full-time staff, two contractors, a cadre of volunteers and a robust membership.

FOR has a long list of accomplishments that includes permanently protecting more than 2,000 river miles as Wild & Scenic rivers, repeatedly defeating federal legislation to build Auburn dam on the American River, and convincing Congress to authorize an environmentally protective flood control project for Sacramento in 2003. FOR achieves these goals through public outreach, grassroots organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy. FOR also supports a vibrant volunteer rafting program which connects hundreds of people to rivers, and introduces inner city youth to boating.

How to apply

Send cover letter and resume to or fax to (916) 442-3396. FOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

San Francisco, Sacramento, California
Friends of the River
fax to (916) 442-3396

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, 94123, US
1418 20th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811, US