Center for Biological Diversity
  • 03-Oct-2017 to 02-Feb-2018 (MST)
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - 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 Organizer in our Climate Law Institute to work on our California Oil Campaign. This position is located in our downtown Los Angeles, California, office.

General position overview:

The Climate Law Institute works to protect our planet for people and all the species we share it with. We combine innovative legal work with grassroots campaigning to cut greenhouse pollution, speed the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy; keep fossil fuels in the ground; and protect our air, water, health and web of life.

We seek an experienced Organizer to work on our California Oil Campaign harnessing the power of grassroots activism to protect people and the environment from oil industry pollution. Our campaign aims to phase out oil and gas production in California as our state makes the needed just transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy. The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic team including organizers, scientists, lawyers and media professionals. The position is fast-paced, exciting, challenging and critically important.

Main duties:

  • Support organizational and coalition work to protect public health from oil drilling, oppose oil and gas projects, and enforce environmental protections.
  • Represent the Center in coalition efforts and support the work of coalition partners.
  • Build relationships with new and existing allies.
  • Organize and promote participation in hearings, protests and other advocacy before decision-making bodies, including city councils and air quality regulators. 
  • Expand recruitment and engagement of Center supporters in the greater Los Angeles area on oil extraction issues.
  • Assist with related state legislative efforts, such as organizing meetings with elected officials and testimony at legislative hearings.
  • Travel regularly throughout the Los Angeles area.

  Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • 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.
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments, including the creation and implementation of advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience with progressive organizing and campaigning in the greater Los Angeles area strongly preferred.
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred.
  • Experience with media outreach and interviews preferred.

Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, a resume, 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.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid short- and long-term disability.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere.

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.

Center for Biological Diversity
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