Center for Biological Diversity
  • 06-Nov-2017 to 05-Feb-2018 (MST)
  • St. Petersburg, FL, USA
  • Salary
  • 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 Florida Field Campaigner in our Organizing Department. Preference for those located in and around Tampa/St. Petersburg, Miami or Orlando, with other locations within the state considered on a case by case basis.


General position overview:


The Florida Field Campaigner will work on mobilizing and engaging people in the state to resist environmental rollbacks and advocate for bold conservation initiatives. This is a grassroots organizing position that will manage statewide campaigns with a focus on advocating within the state toward stronger local and federal conservation policies. Additionally, the campaigner will engage and support our volunteer-based distributed organizing network, Ignite Change.


The Field Campaigner will grow and build our base of support in the state. This includes doing additional recruitment, relationship building, grasstops organizing, media work, identifying regional priorities aligned with Center programs and executing offline campaign strategies.


Primary duties:

  • Identify opportunities and conservation priorities within the state.
  • Develop strategic campaign plans in consultation with the organizing and conservation program directors.
  • Manage and execute campaign plans to advance priority conservation issues.
  • Recruit and grow volunteers, members and supporters for the Center in the region.
  • Maintain and enhance the Center's volunteer-based distributed organizing network, Ignite Change, including participating in digital organizing and management of volunteer teams.
  • Support the Ignite Change network by developing a plan that enhances campaigns launched by the network in that state.
  • Build alliances with local community groups and strategic national groups to advocate and educate local and federal decision makers.
  • Organize rallies, protests, creative actions and other events.
  • Engage in public speaking at rallies, press conferences, public hearings and other events.
  • Provide opportunities, training and support for volunteers.
  • Track, analyze and advocate regarding state legislation.
  • Prepare communications such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets and white papers.
  • Some travel required.


Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:

  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent work experience) and at least three years of grassroots or campaign organizing experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well with team members and volunteers.
  • A proven ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • The characteristics of a good teammate and colleague ' we value teamwork and expect each member of the team to have a "can do" attitude and a willingness to help when and wherever needed.
  • A willingness to expect weekend and nighttime hours.
  • A high comfort level regarding working from a remote office ' you'll interact with your coworkers and with volunteers primarily via Slack, video chat and phone calls; please also enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced workplace where no day is the same and you don't always know what will happen next week.
  • Good writing skills you don't need to be a poet, but please be able to churn out clearly written, mostly error-free copy on tight deadlines.
  • A commitment to winning'which, to us, means being accountable for outcomes, being willing to test your ideas against reality (and adapt them if your approach isn't working), and be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your/our goals.
  • A high comfort level with a hands-on approach ' we expect everyone on our team to regularly do every task that we ask volunteers to do; ours is not a team for "ideas people" or anyone who unwilling to personally dive in to manually solve messy, complex difficult problems.
  • Experience with campaign planning and strategy.
  • Experience lobbying at the federal or state level preferred.
  • Familiarity with social media and digital-organizing tools.
  • Experience with digital tools like: Relay, Slack, Action Kit, Maestro, and Help Scout.
  • Proven expertise in CRM tools like ActionKit and Every Action.
  • Experience in grassroots and/or political organizing.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection, diversity and justice.


Benefits package:

  • Paid short-term and long-term disability.
  • A 403(b) retirement plan with an opportunity for employer match.
  • Generous time-off policies.
  • A relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.


Application process:

Please apply via our website by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 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.

Center for Biological Diversity
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