Public Lands Associate

Denver, CO (preferred); Boston, MA; Amherst, MA; Washington, DC; Portland, OR; or Sacramento, CA

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Environment America is hiring a Public Lands Associate to lead our campaigns to protect special places from destructive drilling and development.

Environment America is a national network of 30 state environmental groups with one mission — to change our country and our world to be a greener, healthier place. With more than 2 million members and supporters spread across all 50 states, our staff have been working for nearly four decades to promote national, state and local policies that put the earth first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, passage of the 2020 Great America Outdoors Act, America’s most sweeping conservation law in decades, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water. We run campaigns that not only raise awareness but win results on the national stage, in states and cities, on the ballot and in the courtroom.  

Our public lands work

People need nature. Yet every minute, two football fields worth of the country’s natural lands are lost. We’re losing forests, grasslands, and places to get out into the great outdoors to see wildlife, hike, climb, camp, fish and hunt. 

Scientists recommend that we need a plan to protect 30% of our land by 2030 and 50% by 2050. In the U.S., we’re currently protecting 12% of our land, so we need to more than double the amount protected over the next decade. And it can’t just be any land — we need to protect biodiversity and critical habitat. We need more of our public lands to be designated for the purposes of protecting the species and providing recreational opportunities rather than designated to “produce” fossil fuels or minerals. 

Now is the time to act. President Biden has committed to protecting 30% of lands and waters by 2030. Several states, including New Mexico and California, have also enacted “30 by ‘30” orders. But our elected officials face pressure from oil and gas companies, developers and the timber industry to keep our lands open for development. The Biden administration and our governors need to hear from you. That’s why we’re running campaigns to protect hundreds of special and biologically important areas from the Grand Canyon to the North Slope of Alaska.

The Public Lands Associate will take the lead on our campaigns focused on protecting more nature by creating new parks, monuments, wilderness areas and more, and will work creatively with our campaign teams to develop strategies to keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, protect our wildlife and wild places, or hold companies accountable when they contribute to deforestation. For example,  you could build a coalition to help convince major insurance companies to not insure drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You could write a report that builds support for a Governor to designate enough funding for wildlife corridors across the state. And as an associate, in the summer, you’ll run a door-to-door campaign to build organizational power — the funds, the membership, the activist base and more — that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

We take a principled, pragmatic approach in our work. We connect big ideas to concrete policy changes that improve the quality of our environment and people’s lives. We’re looking for advocates and organizers (and aspiring advocates and organizers) who want to work for a group that’s laser-focused on the environment, who want to make a difference, not just make a statement, and who want to work with anybody — Republican, Democrat or other — to deliver action and results. If our mission and strategy excites you and you have the passion and drive to make a difference, this job could be for you.

Representative Responsibilities

  • Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to like-minded organizations and affected constituency groups to demonstrate support for our campaign goals.
  • Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on social media for your campaign.
  • Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with champions in Congress or in State Houses. Make a convincing case to legislators who are undecided on a particular vote. When a critical vote is happening on your campaign, work to demonstrate the support you’ve been building on the ground to help line up the votes needed to win.
  • Research and write reports: Catalog and analyze data relevant to the issue and our policy proposals to help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause.
  • Recruit new people to your team: Help build your team by recruiting volunteers, interns and full-time staff.
  • Run a grassroots campaign office each summer: Run a campaign office for the summer to raise money to support our campaigns, build our organization and membership, and help build critical and timely grassroots support to win key campaigns while honing your organizing and management skills.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.
  • This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance.

Qualifications

Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply; we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight and on-the-ground training by an experienced advocate while you lead your own campaign. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to protecting the environment and a love of America’s public lands as well as leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. 

Compensation & Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $30,500-$36,000 in the first year, and depends on location, relevant experience, and education. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

 

Why work with Environment America? Check out 10 reasons: https://environmentamerica.org/why-work-with-us/ 

Our Mission & Values

Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit https://environmentamerica.org/core-values/  for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer. 

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.