The Grant County Wildlife Campaign Organizer is a 10-15 hour/month contract position with WildEarth Guardians. The position will work to support our two priority wildlife campaigns in New Mexico: 1) banning cruel and dangerous traps from public lands, and 2) reforming the rogue federal USDA Wildlife Services program’s indiscriminate poisoning, trapping, and aerial gunning of our native wildlife. The Organizer will coordinate and implement grassroots tactics in Grant County as part of a well-refined strategic framework for reforming how county, state, and federal governments treat native wildlife.
The Organizer will leverage public support for wildlife and wild places to grow grassroots and political power supporting an ethic of coexistence with the wildlife of southern New Mexico. The Organizer will use communications, relationship-building, critical thinking, and organizing skills to implement a successful campaign by meeting key metrics around list-building and volunteer engagement/empowerment. Creativity, a rock-solid work ethic, resilience, desire to learn, commitment to advocating for the natural world, a healthy sense of outrage, and the will to win are essential.
The Organizer will engage, educate, and empower the public, community leaders, and elected officials as means to reforming wildlife governance and protecting native wildlife and ecosystems from the threat of traps, poisons, and other unethical, unscientific methods of “wildlife control.”
The position reports directly to Guardians’ Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate. The Organizer will work with the Advocate to implement county- and regional-level strategies to build and mobilize grassroots support for native wildlife. The Organizer will engage with volunteers and e-activists.
By working for this campaign, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to be bold, dedicated, and supported as you put in motion strategies to combat unjust, unethical, and outdated practices that kill our native wildlife and endanger the public and companion animals. You will play a key role in fighting for government accountability and transparency while defending the vulnerable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We hope you will join us.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with the Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate and Wildlife Program Director to refine and implement Guardians’ TrapFree New Mexico and End the War on Wildlife campaigns;
Build and leverage alliances with local activists and allied organizations working to confront native wildlife killing in communities throughout New Mexico;
Build and maintain relationships with city, county, and state elected officials, their staff, volunteers, citizen activists, partner organizations, and the media to protect native wildlife;
Refine a variety of written materials, including social media content, related to native wildlife protection;
Identify, recruit, and manage volunteers;
Help identify and implement the best ways to engage, empower, and mobilize people to reform wildlife governance in select communities across New Mexico;
Track and measure the effectiveness of tactics with bi-monthly reporting to the Advocate;
Measure success based on key metrics to ensure progress toward achieving Guardians’ vision for coexistence with native wildlife.
Essential Qualifications Include:
Excellent communication, time-management and organizational skills;
Enjoys working with people and thrives on engaging with the public;
Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills;
Experience in running successful grassroots campaigns online and offline;
Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team;
Ease in working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and composure when interacting with diverse stakeholders;
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare;
A healthy sense of outrage and a sense of humor.
Additional Desirable Qualifications Include:
Spanish language skills (highly desired);
Experience managing volunteers, with preference given to those with organizing management experience;
Experience with event and activity logistics and planning;
Comfort with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, contentious campaigning environment;
Knowledge of New Mexico state politics;
Formal organizing training and a minimum of one year of organizing experience;
Campaign planning and execution experience;
Strong connections within the Dona Ana County communities, particularly within local government
Intermediate or advanced social media skills: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Special Job Requirements
As a contractor, you will largely make your own hours, but expect to be flexible and work some weekend and evening hours. You must supply your own necessary equipment (e.g. work space, laptop with applicable software, vehicle, insurance) to perform the work as defined by the contract agreement. Travel costs will be covered when pre-approved. Some travel around southern New Mexico will be required.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. Pay range is $20-25/hour. Initial contract will be for four months with renewal likely, based on performance and campaign needs. No additional benefits are offered for this contract position.
Send applications addressed to Chris Smith to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Grant Contract Organizer.” Applications will be considered on rolling basis starting on August 16, 2018 and should include in one document (PDF preferred):
No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applicants and other workload, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer.