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Communications Specialist

Auburn CA

Placer Land Trust (PLT) is a private nonprofit charitable organization based in Auburn, CA, dedicated to quality of life through the protection of wide open spaces, wild places, local farms and ranches, natural playgrounds, and the links that connect us to them.

Our mission is to work with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands in Placer County for current and future generations.

PLT is currently seeking to hire a Communications Specialist. Our commitment to the prosperity of our community is achieved through encouraging individuals, families and businesses to connect with the importance of protected landscapes. It is in the stewardship of these lands, connections, and relationships that we understand and appreciate their role in the ongoing story of our well-being, local economy, environment, culture and success. The Communications Specialist is a new position that will be instrumental in helping to raise the voice and awareness of PLT within and beyond the greater Placer County region in achieving its mission.


Job Summary:

The Communications Specialist contributes greatly to the outreach efforts of the organization by providing support to its social media, print and electronic communications, and community outreach activities. This position works most closely with the Development & Communications Manager, and is a part of PLT’s six-person Operations Team.

The Communications Specialist is a part-time position. The position will require occasional work during evenings and weekends, and occasional travel within or outside of Placer County. Flexible work hours and limited telecommuting options may be arranged upon approval of supervisor. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position reports to and is supervised by the Operations Director. On-going educational and professional development opportunities are encouraged and provided.


Specific Responsibilities:

Communications (75%)

In conjunction with the Development & Communications Manager, develop and implement annual communications and marketing strategies

Support implementation of social media strategies currently including primarily Facebook, Twitter, Instagram:

Develop social media content

Manage content, posting, interaction, and tracking

Generate and analyze monthly metrics

Contribute content and oversee production and dissemination of communications tools, including but not limited to:

Wonders print newsletter (three issues per year)

Placer Steward e-bulletin (monthly)

Annual Community Report (one time per year)

E-blasts (occasional)

Blogs (six times per year)

Photos and videos (often, as needed)

Produce and disseminate press releases as needed, and coordinate follow-up response for earned media opportunities

Assist in design, production and distribution of other fundraising and communications materials such as the Annual Community Report, brochures, flyers, and other materials as directed

Assist in creation of SEO, content and design strategies of PLT’s website

Manage PLT’s photo library and YouTube channel


Public Outreach (15%)

Provide material for and design assistance of information tables for community outreach events

Contribute to content and design of PLT presentation materials, e.g. PowerPoint, others

In conjunction with team members, research, prioritize, and identify outreach opportunities and partnerships within Placer County and the greater Sacramento region

Assist with other public outreach and events, as directed


Fundraising, Operations and Capacity Building (10%)

Contribute to membership, outreach, and fundraising activities

Support and participate in PLT’s primary fundraising events, the Big Day of Giving and the Placer Conservator dinner

Stay current on relevant conservation, communications and outreach issues and trends, and build professional skills through research, training, and networking

Contribute to monthly staff reports prior to each Board of Directors meeting

Participate in annual work planning

Other responsibilities as assigned by Operations Director


Skills and Qualifications:

Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal); knowledge of Placer County a plus

Highly developed computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, WordPress, Photoshop and Neon CRM a plus

Experience with website and/or newsletter production and message development

Demonstrated ability to edit and/or produce videos a plus

Ability to manage timelines effectively; capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Interest in and commitment to land conservation and environmental issues

Ability to occasionally work weekends and evenings



Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or relevant field preferred

Two years’ previous experience in communications, marketing, or related position

Nonprofit experience preferred


To Apply:

To apply, please send the following to PLT:

Cover letter


Up to three references

Up to three creative samples, e.g. written piece, video, etc., that you have produced or had primary responsibility for producing, and specify the degree to which you were responsible.


If electronic, attach documents in PDF or Microsoft Word format to email and send to: info@placerlandtrust.org.

If by hardcopy, mail to: Placer Land Trust, Attn: Eden Rock, 11641 Blocker Drive, Suite 220, Auburn, CA 95603.

Please mention how you learned of tihs opening.

Recruitment will stay open until the position is filled.

Posted August 9, 2018

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