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Job Opening: Summer Wildlife Outreach Organizer

WildEarth Guardians - April 20, 2018

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Summer Wildlife Outreach Organizer

  • Applications considered on a rolling basis until position is filled
  • Review starts April 25, 2018
  • Desired start date: Mid-May 2018
  • End date is flexible

Position Summary:

The Wildlife Outreach Organizer is a 12-15 hour/week temporary contract position with WildEarth Guardians. You will educate New Mexicans about the cruel, unscientific, and outdated practices of trapping and coyote killing contests and engage the public in realizing Guardians’ vision of a state wildlife governance structure that recognizes and respects the critical role native wildlife plays in our diverse ecosystems. Primarily, the Organizer will work to bring public opinion to bear in the form of a 2019 legislative public lands trapping ban in New Mexico. You will meet people in their communities to engage them in our work and to empower them to bring about wildlife policy changes. You will build public support for and raise public awareness of key wildlife issues affecting New Mexico and the southwestern U.S. generally. You will distribute information, build lists, cultivate relationships, train, educate, empower, and communicate in order to achieve our campaign goals. Communication skills, discipline, an outgoing personality, resilience, desire to learn, commitment to advocating for the natural world, a healthy sense of outrage, and the will to win are essential.


By working for this campaign, housed within Guardians’ Wildlife Program, you will have the unique opportunity to be bold, dedicated, and supported as you put in motion strategies to combat unjust, unethical, and outdated practices that kill our native wildlife and endanger the public and companion animals.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 science-based, ethical, and modern wildlife policies, while defending the vulnerable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We hope you will join us. Location: New Mexico (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, or Las Cruces preferred). Strong candidates in other areas of NM will be considered.


The Organizer will be expected to carry out work both independently and under the direct supervision of our Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate. The majority of work will occur in the field at community events, meetings, and other outreach opportunities. However, our main office is located in Santa Fe and space and resources (e.g., printer) can be made available to you when needed. A monthly budget will be provided for printed organizing materials, transportation, etc. Candidate must have a vehicle and valid driver’s license and be able to lift 40 lbs.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate to implement Guardians’ New Mexico Wildlife Program outreach campaign;
  • Conduct outreach at community events, partner events, Guardians’ events, and other opportunities in New Mexico;
  • Collect signatures and information, identify key campaign volunteers, educate the public, generate media, and engage would-be activists.


Essential qualifications include:

  • Strong interpersonal verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to comprehend and articulate WildEarth Guardians’ wildlife priorities in New Mexico;
  • Ability to independently create and set up displays, tables, and additional materials for outreach work;
  • Strong organization skills and an attention to detail;
  • Competence using iPads and basic tracking software (Google forms, Google docs, MS Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • 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 animal welfare and wildlife conservation;
  • A healthy sense of outrage and a sense of humor


Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience tabling and/or canvassing;
  • A background in wildlife, biology, or ecology;
  • Spanish language skills;
  • Formal organizing training;
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy;
  • Intermediate or advanced social media skills: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.


Special Job Requirements: The position will require significant weekend and some evening hours. Some travel around New Mexico will be required. Compensation and Benefits: $15 an hour, opportunities for growth and development, and the knowledge that you are working for an exceptional cause. No additional benefits are offered for this part-time, seasonal contract. The contract will last 10-15 weeks (suitable for college or graduate students during summer break).


To apply: Send applications addressed to Christopher Smith to apply@wildearthguardians.org with subject line “Outreach Organizer.” Applications will be considered on rolling basis starting on April 25, 2018 and should include in one document (PDF preferred):


1. Cover letter 2. Resume 3. Three references 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.


Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity: As an advocate for the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We highly value diverse perspectives and experiences. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our organization and externally. We acknowledge the intersections between social, racial, and economic injustice and the inequities that are driving the climate crisis and harming wild nature. Applicants with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively strives to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.