Triangle Area Community Organizer at Dogwood Alliance

ABOUT DOGWOOD ALLIANCE: Dogwood Alliance mobilizes diverse voices to protect the unique forests and communities of the Southern US from destructive industrial logging through grassroots action, holding corporate and government decision-makers accountable, catalyzing large-scale conservation and advancing a 21st century vision that fully values forests for the myriad ways in which they sustain life. Having transformed the practices of some of the largest corporations in the world, Dogwood is on the leading edge of international, national and regional efforts to advance forest protection in the US South.

  • Employer: Dogwood Alliance
  • Work Type: Contract, Part Time
  • Classification: Advocacy & Campaigns, Environment & Sustainability, Project Management
  • Location: Raleigh, NC (or surrounding area)  
  • Applications close: March 15, 2017.

For more information: www.dogwoodalliance.org

BACKGROUND

Our Southern forests store carbon, provide clean drinking water, protection from flooding, and critical wildlife habitat. Unfortunately, these forests, and the people who rely on them, are increasingly coming under threat from the biomass industry. Across North Carolina, forests are being clearcut, trucked to facilities, put through an energy-intensive production process to be turned into wood pellets, put on huge ships, and sent across the ocean to Europe where they are burned to produce electricity.

 

The wood pellet industry is bad for the climate, bad for the environment, and bad for communities. Burning wood for energy is worse for our climate than coal, our forests face increased logging, and our communities suffer from a risky economic investment that brings constant noise pollution, harmful dust particles, dangerous truck traffic, threats of fires, and explosions.

 

ABOUT THIS ROLE

The North Carolina organizer will be responsible for building grassroots political support at the local and state level for policies that increase protection for standing forests and restrict incentives for industrial biomass. The NC Organizer will build and mobilize a statewide coalition of environmental, faith, justice, and business leaders. The NC Organizer will build a grassroots network of supporters to advance the Dogwood mission through activist capacity and financial donations.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

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  • Managing volunteers.
  • Organizing fun and interactive visibility events.
  • Growing and assisting in the management of a statewide coalition to call on elected officials to increase the protection of standing forests and restrict incentives for industrial biomass.
  • Working with coalition members, volunteers, and elected officials to pass city/county level resolutions that increase forest protection.
  • Cultivating relationships with North Carolina local and state elected officials.
  • Gathering petition signatures.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful candidate will have experience in:

  • Coordinating and supporting community groups/campaigns
  • Recruitment for meetings and community events
  • Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
  • Organizing public actions and events
  • Power building for political change 
  • Passing local level resolutions
  • Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and passion for environmental and social justice issues
  • Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative

*Previous organizing experience is a plus

*Transportation, laptop, cell-phone, and internet connectivity will be necessary for this position. Assistance is available for qualified candidates who do not have access to these items.

 

TIME COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION: This is a twelve-month, 20 hour per week position at $15 per hour. Dogwood Alliance will reimburse for 1/2 of the organizer’s cell phone bill ($33 per month) and all work related costs. It includes no benefits.

COMMENCEMENT: The preferred start date for this position is Monday, April 3rd.

 

We value and respect all types of diversity and strongly encourage applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to, and not limited to, ethnicity, religion, race, national origin, abilities, gender identity, age, or genetic information. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting those from traditionally marginalized groups. We want to live in a world that recognizes the inherent strengths that come from different viewpoints, backgrounds, cultures and experiences. As a team, we have taken on a commitment to examining our unconscious biases and want to work towards an equitable, peaceful, and just world.

 

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Townsend, Administrative Assistant, at nicole@dogwoodalliance.org, with the words North Carolina Organizer in the subject line of your email.