Wilderness Campaign Organizer

Position Description:

Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations. We carry out our mission through a wide range of legislative, legal, and public education strategies, and have a 40-year history of major conservation victories. Oregon Wild is currently seeking a passionate, energetic, and dedicated individual to help build support for our Wilderness campaigns.

The Wilderness Campaign Organizer is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day activities needed to advance the protection of additional Wilderness areas in Oregon. This position will focus on the Crater Lake and Kalmiopsis regions, and on public events, hikes, and media celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

This position is responsible for planning and executing grassroots organizing activities that increase support for Wilderness among key constituencies. This will include expanding and maintaining the Oregon Wild network of grassroots activists; outreach to key business leaders, local landowners, and recreational users of public lands; public events, hikes, and presentations; and developing educational materials, including fact sheets, web pages, blog posts, and action alerts.

Position responsibilities:

Grassroots Organizing (40%)
•    Working with other Oregon Wild staff, develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies that expand the Oregon Wild base of Wilderness supporters, including high-level super activists who can help with additional organizing in their communities.
•    Build a base of at least 200 businesses supporting expanded Wilderness in Oregon, with a focus on outdoor recreation and tourism related industries.
•    Meet with landowners and recreational users of public lands in and around Oregon Wild Wilderness proposals to disseminate accurate information and increase support.
•    Increase the organizations capacity to generate opinion columns and letters to the editor in support of Wilderness.
•    Participate in meetings and conference calls with allied conservation groups to advance expanded Wilderness protections in Oregon.

Public Outreach (40%)
•    Organize the Oregon Wild 2014 Wilderness Conference, which will serve as a forum on current and future Wilderness campaigns in the state, and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
•    Plan and implement Wilderness slideshows and tabling events throughout western Oregon in order to cultivate new activists, and to recruit super-volunteers to assist with additional Wilderness organizing.
•    Organize and carry out hikes, camp-outs, and other events aimed at connecting Willamette Valley residents with the Crater Lake and Kalmiopsis regions.

Communications (20%)
•    Develop PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets, blog entries, newsletter articles, background papers, postcards, action alerts, and other educational materials as needed to support additional Wilderness in Southern Oregon
•    Develop background information and other materials to support fundraising by development staff.
•    Update and maintain the Wilderness portion of the Oregon Wild website.
•    Participate in regular staff meetings and conference calls.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full time exempt position based in Portland, with the possibility of other locations for the ideal candidate. Extensive travel is required. Salary range is $32,000 to $38,000, depending on experience. Benefits include paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan option, generous vacation, and other paid time off. This position will report to the Oregon Wild Wilderness Coordinator. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send an e-mail to jobs@oregonwild.org with an attachment that includes a cover letter and resume contained in a single Word Document or PDF file. Interviews begin December 9 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Portland, , Oregon
Oregon Wild