The Endangered Species Coalition is seeking a Field Representative in New Mexico to help develop, run, and win local and national campaigns to defend our endangered species. New Mexico is a special state with unique geography which provides both amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, and unique wildlife habitat. New Mexico is home to about sixty listed endangered species. With the presence of people and industry comes challenges for wildlife and habitat destruction.
The New Mexico Field Representative will engage with ESC member groups, allies, the public, elected officials, media and frontline communities on regional endangered species issues and national Endangered Species Act defense efforts.
The New Mexico Field Representative will engage stakeholders in campaign activities including formulating campaign strategies, work plans and timelines, grassroots and grass-tops organizing, public education, media relations, political engagement, and fundraising.
The ideal candidate will be high-energy, strategic, proactive, self-aware, and able to execute campaign strategies. Good judgement and self-motivation are a must, and a sense of humor is a plus. Knowledge of wildlife issues is helpful, as is the ability to quickly learn the intricacies of regional issues and the various players. While you need not be a policy expert, you do need to have a passion for wildlife and politics. A compelling candidate will have strong ties with local communities. The New Mexico Field Representative will report to the National Director of Field Campaigns.
We believe that the loss of biodiversity disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society. Vulnerable communities may include people of color, people from working class backgrounds, veterans, and others. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
About the Endangered Species Coalition:
The Endangered Species Coalition’s mission is to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation’s at- risk species, to protect and restore their habitats, and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery.
We work to safeguard and strengthen the Endangered Species Act, a law that enables every citizen to act on behalf of threatened and endangered wildlife—animals, fish, plants, and insects—and the wild places they call home.
We use grassroots mobilization, education, and targeted campaigns to enable every American to participate in actions that impact the democratic political process.
We are a national network of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations—and more than 300,000 individual activists and supporters—all dedicated to protecting our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1-5 years in advocacy campaigning, preferably with experience in grassroots organizing, social justice or wildlife conservation.
Demonstrated experience leading campaigns, meeting with decision makers, and working with coalitions, activists, and volunteers is ideal
A bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental science or equivalent work or educational experience.
Some familiarity with legislative processes, particularly with environmental laws
Awareness of and interest in endangered species, environmental justice, and/or politics in New Mexico
A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Abilities & Skills
Work independently on multiple projects and in a fast-paced, changing environment
Work remotely, via email, video, and conference calls
Build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with people from diverse political and social backgrounds
Work collaboratively with ESC staff and within various coalitions
Communicate effectively with the community, reporters, and with people of diverse backgrounds through public presentations, interviews, etc.
High-level writing and speaking
Creativity, problem solving, and strategic thinking
Cultural awareness—working equitably and inclusively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Self-awareness and understanding of how one works best
Functional competency with basic Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google products (Gmail, Drive, Calendar)
Occasional night and weekend work required
Travel within New Mexico—occasional travel outside of the state
Primary Tasks and Areas of Responsibility
Conceive and implement tactics to support ESC’s policy goals: advancing state habitat and species protections and defending the Endangered Species Act.
Build a strong movement for endangered wildlife by mobilizing the grassroots:
Recruit and supervise volunteers
Cultivate spokespeople from various constituencies (e.g., sportsmen & women, business owners, landowners, and others), and
Inform and engage with state and local groups on campaign tactics
Build relationships with key elected officials, policymakers, and local community leaders.
Be a spokesperson for the ESC within the community:
Lead and represent ESC in state-level policy and campaign conversations and meetings
Implement online campaigns
Give educational presentations to the public on wildlife issues and current legislation, and
Cultivate relationships with the local media.
Support fundraising to grow ESC’s work on these issues.
Perform other related duties, as they come up, to serve and protect wildlife.
Participate in all ESC-wide activities and campaigns.
Salary: $38,000 – $45,000
Benefits: 100% employer paid health insurance premium, generous holidays & leave policies, collegial, fun, team environment and other benefits.
How to apply: Please email your resume, a cover letter, and three references to email@example.com. In your cover letter, please explain how your experiences and skills match the position, and tell us about a time when you successfully inspired and led a group to take action on a cause you care about.
Please mention how you learned of this opening.