Job Posting: Forest Climate Policy Coordinator

About Oregon Wild:
Oregon Wild is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations.

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild’s victories include safeguarding over 1.7 million acres of Wilderness and 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation, protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests and critical wetland habitat, and the preservation of numerous imperiled species, from coho salmon to gray wolves. Oregon Wild enjoys a national reputation as a pioneering organization that is both highly strategic and effective, with strong policy expertise. 

Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Oregon Wild is committed to building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and society, and we are actively recruiting and encouraging applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and communities to apply for this position. Important voices have been missing from the environmental movement for far too long, and building a stronger, more just, and more inclusive community starts by creating a more welcoming environment within Oregon and Oregon Wild. Our organization believes that by embracing, respecting, and valuing individuals regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, or ancestry, we can become a stronger, more effective defender of Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters.

General Position Summary:
The Forest Climate Policy Coordinator will be responsible for leading a new Oregon Wild campaign focused on conserving forests as a key component of federal and state efforts to combat climate change. Building off of Oregon Wild’s 45-year history of forest advocacy, the person leading this campaign will identify key policy opportunities at the state and federal levels, develop strategies to pursue them, and mobilize Oregon Wild’s supporters, partners, and the general public to achieve success. The person in this position will take a leadership role in developing a campaign plan; building and expanding coalitions; and cultivating relationships with key elected officials, scientists, and land managers. The person in this position will also play a significant role in identifying funding opportunities in order to expand the campaign over time.

Forests in the Pacific Northwest have some of the highest potential for carbon storage found anywhere in the world, yet state and federal climate action plans have largely ignored this opportunity. Worse, land managers continue logging practices that are inherently at odds with carbon storage and climate resilience, and decision makers are often bombarded with misinformation regarding carbon sequestration, logging, forest fires, and emissions. While climate advocacy in Oregon and the United States as a whole has often highlighted logging in developing countries as a major driver of climate change, little has been done to acknowledge or address the problems in our own forests.

The overarching goal of Oregon Wild’s Forest Climate Campaign is to change this dynamic, and ensure that forest conservation is a central component of state and federal efforts to combat climate change. The Forest Climate Policy Coordinator will play a central role in developing a four-year campaign plan, serve as Oregon Wild’s lead voice on policy issues related to climate, lobby federal and state officials, work with community stakeholders across Oregon, and represent the organization in coalitions with other groups. It is anticipated that the person in this position will take a leadership role in an emerging national coalition of organizations pursuing similar goals.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be a leader with a strong desire to build a campaign from the ground up, and a strong personal drive to make a meaningful impact in efforts to combat climate change. A background in policy advocacy, a strong base of knowledge regarding climate science, excellent interpersonal communications skills, demonstrated experience with and understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion work, and a commitment to environmental protection are required. The ideal candidate would have 4 to 8 years of varied experience working in environmental advocacy, state or federal government, political campaigns, or in roles that provide useful experience in building and advancing campaigns to influence state and federal policy. 

Anticipated Activities:

Campaign Building:

  • Working with other Oregon Wild staff, partner organizations, and key allies in science and government, identify the most urgent current and emerging policy opportunities around forests and climate at both the state and federal levels.
  • Working with key staff and Oregon Wild’s board, develop a 4-year campaign plan to prioritize and pursue those opportunities, including identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses, resource needs, key tactics and a timeline for implementation.
  • Take the lead in executing this campaign plan, and in building a stronger movement for forest conservation as a component of state and federal actions to combat climate change.
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to grow support for the campaign over time.

Policy Advocacy:

  • Identify and develop relationships with key state and federal elected officials, including influential climate leaders from outside of Oregon.
  • Lobby state and local elected officials on behalf of the organization, and serve as Oregon Wild’s media spokesperson on climate issues.
  • Develop legislative language, white papers, fact sheets, action alerts, and web/social media content as necessary to make the case for forest climate protection.
  • Participate in webinars, conferences, scientific symposia, training events and educational opportunities to grow scientific, policy, and advocacy expertise to support the campaign’s goals.

Coalition Building:

  • Represent Oregon Wild in coalitions with partner environmental organizations, with a focus on climate change issues. This may include organizing new coalitions, and playing a leadership role within them.
  • Identify and build relationships with Native American Tribes, progressive forestland owners, land conservancies, and sustainable forestry certification organizations around climate-friendly forest practices.
  • Build on Oregon Wild’s existing relationships within the scientific, agency, and larger public policy community to expand coalitions, recruit new allies, and lobby state and federal officials.
  • Support the work of environmental justice organizations, and other groups representing persons of color, to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change.

Public Education:

  • Working with other Oregon Wild staff, generate social media content, blog posts, fact sheets, and action alerts to engage and mobilize support from activists.
  • Play a lead role in developing webinars, physical events (when possible), conferences, and other presentations aimed at increasing public awareness of the role forests can play in combating climate change.
  • Working with other Oregon Wild staff, identify and build relationships with key journalists, serve as Oregon Wild’s primary spokesperson on climate issues.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full time (40 hours/week) position. It is anticipated the position will work from home, transitioning to the Oregon Wild Portland office when the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved. When possible, significant travel both within Oregon and to Washington, DC is expected. The salary range for this position is $52,000 to $60,000, depending on experience. Benefits include paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan option, generous vacation, and other paid time off. This position will report to the Conservation Director.

How to Apply:
Applications must be sent by e-mail to: jobs@oregonwild.org. Please submit a cover letter and resume consolidated into a single PDF or Word document. Review of completed applications will begin on August 24, 2020 until the position is filled.