Campaign Organizer Job at National Audubon Society, Palm Desert, CA

  • National Audubon Society
  • Palm Desert, CA

Job Description


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds and our planet are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary:

The California Deserts Campaign Organizer will grow Audubons impact in the California desert, with a focus on expanding protections and public access. Reporting to the Salton Sea Program Director, the Campaign Organizer will build strong support in Imperial and Riverside Counties for the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument and expansion to Joshua Tree National Park amongst local elected officials, businesses, organizations, and residents, and develop a network of activists, including Audubon chapters and members, to support the designation of the areas as well as their sound management over time. The Desert Campaign Organizer will help to coordinate ongoing coalitions working on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and the State of California Deserts 30x30 initiatives. The Campaign Organizer will connect these campaigns with Salton Sea advocacy and community engagement, in partnership with the director and program coordinator.


$$23.00 - $27.00 / hour

Essential Functions:
  • Work directly with the Protect California Desert coalitions outreach committee to both identify and approach potential supporters of the proposed national monument designation.
  • Act as a liaison on behalf of Audubon and the Protect CA Desert coalition to build new and leverage strong, strategic relationships with a diverse set of local and state organizations and constituencies, including but not limited to local and state officials, Audubon chapters, civic organizations, NGOs, local businesses, and others; needed to advance goals of the CA Desert coalition.
  • In coordination with the Salton Sea Program Director, support the development and achievement of specific goals, strategies, targets, tactics, help establish messaging and media needs, work plans and timelines.
  • Work with Director of Bird Conservation and Spatial Science teams to build and include information and maps in the campaign about the importance of these regions to migratory bird populations.
  • Utilizing Protect California Desert coalitions talking points and materials, engage and educate targets with the goal of gaining their formal support.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations, template support letters, secure city council resolutions, etc.
  • Collaboratively build and maintain a list of entities and individuals that can be motivated to take action at key moments to demonstrate support to decision makers including:
    • Attending at least two municipalities meetings per week
    • Writing letters
    • Phone banking
  • Track and monitor network activities; provide regular updates to leadership on progress and outputs, such as letters to the editor, actions taken, outreach activities, in-district meetings, etc.
  • Join DRECP, Protect California Desert and Desert 30X30 coalitions.
  • Attend public events and staff information tables, when appropriate.
  • Coordinate and manage in-person events and trainings. Solicit topics of interest from the network, invite speakers, advertise events, organize registrants, and ensure events run smoothly.
  • Engage underrepresented populations and groups by finding connections and building relationships to elevate and involve new voices.
  • Other job-related duties assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, biology, communications, or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Three plus years organizing experience (e.g., leading volunteers, staffing community events, etc.). An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentations, that can be adapted to reach a wide range of individuals and used to build consensus
  • Strong interest and participation in wildlife and conservation issues.
  • Knowledge of the California Desert and Salton Sea geography.
  • Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize critical areas of focus.
  • Excellent attention to detail, time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure.
  • Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred.
  • Self-starter with a strong collaborative work ethic and ability to work independently.
  • Experience working with multigenerational audiences and diverse cultural communities and a commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion as a core component of our work.
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and computer or web-based tools.
  • Must possess valid drivers license and have access to reliable transportation.
  • A willingness to travel in-state and be comfortable with working occasional evenings and weekends.

This position is a union role represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

EEO Statement:

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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