Center for Biological Diversity
  • 08-May-2017 to 07-Jul-2017 (MST)
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature and to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.


We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.


The Center is currently looking for a full-time Border Wall Campaigner to organize and advocate against Trump's proposed wall to be built on the U.S.-Mexico border, and for the protection of the endangered species, lands and communities impacted by the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region. This position is located in Tucson, Arizona, and is in our Public Lands Program.


General position overview:

The Public Lands Program works to protect America's public lands ' national forests, deserts, wildlife refuges and parks, and all the species we share with these lands. The Center combines innovative legal work with grassroots campaigning and organizing and media in our advocacy.


The Border Wall Campaigner will work on legislative, administrative and policy advocacy; litigation support; and grassroots organizing and media outreach designed to protect the wildlife, public lands and communities of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region from ongoing and planned border security activities and infrastructure, with an emphasis on organizing national and local resistance efforts to Trump's proposed wall on the border. A particular focus of the position will be advocating for the protection of transboundary wildlife, such as the jaguar, that are particularly harmed by the construction of border barriers. The Border Wall Campaigner will join a dynamic and supportive team of legal, science, organizing and communications staff. The position is fast-paced, exciting, challenging and important.


Primary duties:

  • Support organizational and coalition work to prevent and resist the construction of Trump's proposed border wall.
  • Advocate for the protection of jaguars and other borderlands wildlife from border-wall construction and related activities.
  • Represent the Center in coalition efforts and support the work of coalition partners.
  • Build relationships with new and existing allies within and beyond the environmental movement.
  • Expand recruitment and engagement of Center supporters in the borderlands region.
  • Organize and promote participation in hearings, protests and other forms of advocacy before decision-making bodies, including federal, state and local agencies. 
  • Speak publicly at rallies, conferences, hearings and other events.
  • Prepare communications materials such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets and white papers.
  • Assist with legislative and legal efforts related to the border wall.
  • Travel regularly throughout the borderlands region.




Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:

  • Bachelors' degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated analytic and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Experience in coalition organizing.
  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.
  • The ability to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively to breaking events.
  • Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Experience with media outreach and interviews preferred.
  • General knowledge of wildlife protection laws preferred.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection or other forms of progressive advocacy.

Benefits package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time-off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply via our website at by submitting a cover letter, a rsum, a writing sample and three to five references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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