Center for Biological Diversity
  • 17-Nov-2017 to 16-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.

General Position Overview

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced, dynamic Policy Advocate to advance forward-looking, proactive policies to protect wildlife corridors used by endangered and sensitive species. The Policy Advocate will be a part of the Center's Urban Wildlands program, which aims to stop unsustainable sprawl that threatens critical habitat, creates pollution, exhausts limited water supplies and drives species extinction.

The Policy Advocate will be a leading voice in pushing local, regional and state agencies to protect wildlife corridors at risk from destructive development at California's suburban and exurban edges. By working closely with scientists, lawyers, organizers and media professionals, the Policy Advocate will be expected to play an active role in influencing and shaping land use decisionmaking and planning in California and beyond. The ideal candidate will have excellent research as well as oral and written communication skills with an ability to think strategically and creatively.  Position located in Los Angeles.

Main duties:

  • Develop, identify and advance strategic policy positions and initiatives that benefit wildlife corridors vital to threatened and endangered species survival.
  • Serve as a public expert on wildlife corridors, focusing on the threats from unchecked urban sprawl, habitat loss and climate change.
  • Track regional, state and national policy, trends and threats to wildlife corridors.
  • Research and draft reports, policy documents, comment letters, press releases and factsheets.
  • Give presentations at public hearings for decision-makers, work with local planning staff, and be available for interviews with the media.
  • Build alliances with other environmental and community groups.
  • Work collaboratively with lawyers, scientists, organizers and media professionals to challenge large-scale destructive mega-developments while advocating for proactive and environmentally protective land-use policy based on cutting-edge principles.

 

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum two years of professional experience and an advanced degree in planning, conservation biology, communication and/or a related field.
  • Familiarity with relevant environmental laws and regulations, including California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Experience in creating and executing strategic outreach, education and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Proven experience working with coalitions and diverse groups of people and organizations.
  • A strong working knowledge of state-level policies and trends related to land use and growth, climate change, private land development, and endangered species protection.
  • The ability to translate complex policy into compelling advocacy opportunities.
  • Experience with public speaking, community outreach and engagement with the media.
  • Demonstrated abilities to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy working environment.
  • Experience working with a conservation organization 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-term 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.

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