Boreal Campaign Advocate – Canada Project

Natural Resources Defense Council Published: February 17, 2017
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Job Type
Full-time
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Natural Resources/ Restoration Outreach / Advocacy

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Description

~ The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe. ~

NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental and natural resources protection laws, including the federal fisheries law and the Oil Pollution Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our fisheries cases played a major role shaping current fisheries policy throughout the country. Today, our staff—a force for nature—work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Overview

NRDC is seeking to immediately fill an opening for a full-time Boreal Forest campaign advocate on our International Program’s Canada Project team. The successful candidate will work out of our Washington, DC office and report to the Director of the Canada Project.

The candidate will work closely with other staff on the Canada Project team, NRDC’s communications department, and other internal stakeholders to launch and implement a multi-year campaign to preserve critical areas throughout Canada’s Boreal Forest, while also pushing for provincial and federal reforms to forestry and mining management regimes.

The candidate will also spearhead efforts to identify and form relationships with key corporate players throughout North America that purchase products sourced from Canada’s Boreal Forest. The ideal candidate will have experience with campaign planning and implementation. Candidates should have master’s degree-level training in a relevant field and/or be law school graduates. French fluency—written and oral—is preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Help to craft broad boreal conservation strategy focused on the key threats of industrial forestry and mining.
  • Develop close working relationships with key market players who source raw materials from Canada’s Boreal Forest.
  • Advocate NRDC’s policy positions before corporate, local, provincial, state, federal, and other important decision-making bodies.
  • Advance policy reform related to industrial forestry, mining, and other threats that are damaging Boreal Forest ecosystems, undermining First Nation cultural survival, and threatening our shared global climate.
  • Prepare comments, reports and briefing materials on legislation, policies and proposals.
  • Represent NRDC before applicable Canadian agencies, commissions, and other government bodies.
  • Engage in media and public outreach on Boreal Forest issues through use of NRDC’s website, email, member and activist alerts, blogging platform and other new media tools, as well as communicating with reporters and public speaking.
  • Work with conservation organizations focused on similar issues and with other constituencies, especially First Nations communities throughout Canada’s boreal region.

Qualifications

  • JD or MA/MS.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, including time in an environmental advocacy, law, or policy position.
  • Enthusiasm for environmental issues, particularly forestry, mining, and forest preservation as well as familiarity with sustainable forestry certification schemes.
  • Ability to work with local communities and diverse range of organizations on complex issues.
  • Experience and understanding of market-based corporate campaigning.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, research, and analytical skills including ability to translate complex scientific information into understandable policy and media-targeted documents.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication abilities.
  • Experience working with public officials, media and members of the public in an advocacy context.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Fluency in spoken and written French preferred.

To Apply

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~ NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. ~

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