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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Clean Water & Mining Coordinator

Posted by Northern Center at Oct 02, 2015 12:49 PM |

This position works at the community level, and in broader regional, state, and national coalitions—as well as with internal staff—to implement educational and grassroots advocacy strategies to prevent or mitigate toxic clean water violations and keep priority wild lands free of industrial intrusion.

The Clean Water & Mining Program oversees all current and proposed mining operations in Interior and northern Alaska that present substantial environmental problems or threaten to open large tracts of wild lands to mineral development.

This position works at the community level, and in broader regional, state, and national coalitions—as well as with internal staff—to implement educational and grassroots advocacy strategies to prevent or mitigate toxic clean water violations and keep priority wild lands free of industrial intrusion. 

We are seeking a highly motivated, goal oriented self-starter with experience in campaign development relating to environmental issues who can showcase a proven track record of innovation and success with previous organizing experience. We believe passion for our mission is the most important attribute of a candidate, and are therefore willing to train the appointee regarding some technical aspects of the job, although general technical competency is required. 

DUTIES

Campaign advancement. Carry on the priority campaigns expanding outreach into local communities, constituent groups and statewide coalitions, and by developing grassroots deliverables, lobbying at the state level, generating earned media, and maintaining campaign and NAEC websites to reflect progress. 

Land use planning, policy advocacy, and legal cooperation. Research and organize around pending land use management plans, state and federal legislation that affects program goals, and regulatory changes made by various enforcement agencies.   

Exploratory project monitoring. Keep the Northern Center and relevant stakeholders informed of the advancement of mineral exploration projects in Interior and northern Alaska that pose, or may pose conflicts with our mission.  

Existing mines monitoring. Monitor the environmental performance of existing mines and take the appropriate steps to deal with environmental problems when they arise. 

Outreach planning, implementation, and reporting. Coordinate volunteers, develop outreach and advocacy materials (petitions, sign on letters, print collateral), develope goals/objectives for tabling efforts, attend tabling events, report performance metrics for all outreach and advocacy activities.

Communications. Develop and maintain a social media channels for clean water and mining program, create photo database, create web content for Northern Center website, and write articles for the Northern Center’s Northern Line.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/policy, political science, journalism, or related field, or bachelor’s degree with at least two years of relevant experience.    
  • An understanding of environmental and resource issues, sustainability, and experience with previous campaign work.    
  • Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act is highly desired.
  • Familiarity with large, modern hard rock mining operations is highly desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with significant writing experience (newsletters, features, editorials, press releases, journals, etc.) and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to manage and edit websites, brochures, and paid advertising products.  
  • Must be a team player experienced with collaborative projects.
  • Experience with Alaska and working with indigenous communities is strongly desired.  

For candidates not familiar with Alaska, the realities of living in Interior Alaska (especially in winter) should be understood and embraced. 

Salary is commensurate with experience, and ranges between $30,000 and $35,000. Job open until filled with a first review date of October 15, 2015.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Jessica Girard, Program Director

girard@northern.org

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