Arctic Program Coordinator
Non-exempt, full-time; health insurance benefits included. $18-19/hour, DOE.
Open until filled; first review of applicants on August 25th.
Send cover letter and resume to Lisa Baraff at lisa (at) northern.org.
About the Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Since 1971 the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) has employed grassroots activism, legislative advocacy, legal intervention, and public education to protect the ecological integrity of public lands in Northern Alaska. The Northern Center advocates for a more responsible and sustainable approach to resource development on subarctic and Arctic wildlands and the surrounding seas, and addresses environmental issues that impact Alaskans’ quality of life.
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through advocacy and education.
About the Arctic Program: This is the Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s touchstone program and serves to advocate for Alaska’s Arctic and subarctic wilderness, for sustainability of wild lands and ecosystems at the landscape scale, and for the integrity of terrestrial conservation units.
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.
Campaign development and advancement.
- Carry on the priority campaigns by expanding outreach into local communities, constituent groups, and statewide coalitions, and by developing grassroots deliverables.
- Coordinate with the Center’s other programs on overlapping values, such as wilderness or renewable energy opportunities, to successfully leverage our work.
- Propose legal action as necessary, upon recommendation of the Executive Director and approval of the Board.
Land use planning, policy advocacy, and legal cooperation.
- Research, organize around, and comment on pending land use management plans, state and federal legislation that affect program goals, and regulatory changes and procedures.
- Keep the Northern Center and relevant stakeholders informed of exploration and development projects in Interior and Northern Alaska that pose, or may pose, conflicts with the Northern Center’s mission, and develop appropriate responses to them.
Advocacy & Education.
- Educate Northern Center members on protection goals and emerging threats to wild lands and motivate them to take action.
- Energize and broaden constituencies within Alaska for Arctic wilderness protection.
- Create and deliver community presentations on the issues.
- Write press releases, briefing papers, fact sheets, comment letters, and generate additional support from partner organizations, community and tribal entities, and others when strategic.
- Communicate with legislators, the public, the media, and federal and state agencies about the wildlands values we support.
Desired skills and qualifications
- Desire to be an energetic advocate for Alaska’s wilderness and wildlands.
- Relevant experience or education in environmental science/policy, political science, journalism/communications, or related field.
- An understanding of environmental protection issues and sustainability.
- A working knowledge of state and federal permitting, land use planning and legal framework for public lands in Alaska, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, The Wilderness Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental laws.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to edit websites and ease in using social media a plus.
- Must be a team player experienced with grassroots organizing and coalition work.
- Experience in Alaska communities strongly preferred.
- Experience working with Indigenous communities is strongly preferred.
- Commitment to preserving wilderness, environmental protection, and nurturing social change.
- For candidates not familiar with Alaska, the realities of living in Interior Alaska (especially in winter) should be understood and embraced. Those who appreciate extreme conditions and seasons will find comfort here.
- Frequent travel is required, as well as occasional work on evenings and weekends.