JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

Background: Alaska Wilderness League is the only Washington, D.C.-based conservation group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness quality lands and waters offshore in Alaska. Founded in 1993, the League is a 501(c)(3) organization that works at the federal level on a variety of issues affecting Alaska’s wild lands and waters. With headquarters in D.C. and offices in Alaska and across the country, the League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS (4):

  • Legislative Coordinator
  • Manager of Strategic Partnerships
  • Coordinator, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign
  • Deputy Director, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR

Department: Government Affairs
Classification: Exempt, full-time
Reports To: Legislative Director
Location: Washington, D.C.

Background: Alaska Wilderness League is the only nationally-based conservation group devoted full-time to protecting public lands and waters in Alaska including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Ocean and Tongass National Forest. Founded more than 25 years ago, Alaska Wilderness League’s mission is to galvanize support to secure vital policies that protect and defend America’s last great wild public lands and waters.

Primary Role: The Legislative Coordinator supports and coordinates the League’s federal legislative advocacy work. This includes educating congressional and administrative targets, researching and developing important advocacy materials, setting up congressional visits, constructing target lists, writing fact sheets and providing other campaign support.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Federal Advocacy Activities

  • Manage congressional targets for Capitol Hill activities (including but not limited to blasts, drops, advocacy and dear colleague letters);
  • Sends emails through Congress Plus, creating target lists and ensuring that messages are meeting best practice guidelines to avoid spam filters;
  • Keep up-to-date and perform research on relevant congressional activities including hearings, legislation and other activity;
  • Regularly meet and contact Capitol Hill staff to educate on relevant issues;
  • Attend congressional hearings;
  • Lead research on identified members of Congress and administration officials in order to develop effective political strategies;
  • Track politics as relevant to lobby strategies;
  • Track votes, manage coalition targeting and provide regular coalition updates;
  • Serve as D.C. lead for all diverse constituency fly-ins and other fly-in activities;
  • Manage Capitol Hill drops, including recruiting and assigning walking lists for volunteers as well as printing and compiling materials.

Campaign Support

  • Write letters, fact sheet, blog posts and other campaign materials as needed;
  • Regularly update issues briefing website;
  • Monitor administrative announcements for relevant statements of administrative policy;
  • Attend all campaign related coalition calls/meetings; and
  • Take notes for coalition and internal calls.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years experience on legislative, political or nonprofit advocacy work;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially sorting and lookup functions in Excel);
  • Proficiency with Congress Plus or similar congressional tracking software (i.e. Knowlegis);
  • Strong internet research skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to work with colleagues, volunteers/interns, coalition partners, congressional staff and others;
  • Proven cultural competency working with communities of color, particularly Native American or Alaskan Native communities, is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and be flexible;
  • Knowledge and interest in politics and the political process;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Comfortable working in a business suit or animal suit - and a sense of humor!

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience, health & retirement benefits. Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Alaska Wilderness League is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in environmental advocacy.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, a relevant writing sample, salary requirements, and the names and contact information for three references to jobs@alaskawild.org.

MANAGER OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Department: Outreach
Classification: Exempt, full-time
Reports To: Director of Outreach
Location: Washington, D.C.; candidates based remotely in the western U.S. will also be considered.

Primary Role: The Manager of Strategic Partnerships coordinates and supports the League’s work with national and state partners and networks, including businesses, nonprofits and associations. This work has a strong focus on bringing together communities of different experiences and backgrounds to connect with and advance the League’s issues. This includes introducing the League’s work to new target partners, fostering and growing the involvement of current partner and network groups, researching and developing important advocacy materials, coordinating and supporting the relationships managed by other staff, writing public facing materials and providing other campaign support.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage partner relationships;
  • Identify appropriate new partners and organizations based on our priority constituencies and target locations;
  • Create and execute engagement plans for specific constituency partners, with a focus on strategic and meaningful engagement opportunities, constituency specific messaging, and in coordination with our congressional priorities;
  • Laterally manage League staff engagement with partners and constituency plan work;
  • Convey the role and work of Alaska Wilderness League and our partners in a compelling manner to engage and inspire new partners and networks;
  • Regularly meet and contact partners to educate on relevant issues, schedule and conduct partner conference calls as necessary, and record and track communications in the database;
  • Attend partner and network meetings and conferences, and work to have Alaska Wilderness League issues elevated at these events;
  • Create messaging documents, campaign materials and engagement resources to be used by our partners;
  • Identify partner resource needs and assist in securing resources when appropriate, at times managing contracts with partners that work with the League’s federal advocacy team to assure end products are strategic; and
  • Identify and recruit partners from target constituencies and/or states for D.C. advocacy fly-ins, supporting efforts that prepare those participants for their time in Washington, D.C., while also providing on-the-ground fly-in support.

Campaign Support:

  • Write letters, fact sheet, blog posts and other campaign materials as needed;
  • Manage database, accurately track and manage partner and network actions;
  • Regularly update the League’s partners via electronic newsletters, emails and a resource website;
  • Monitor public partner announcements and materials for inclusion of our issues; and
  • Attend all campaign related coalition calls/meetings.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience and 3+ years of experience executing campaigns, managing coalitions, political or nonprofit advocacy work;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to self-manage;
  • Experience establishing working relationships with new individuals or entities, and organizing and managing coalitions of diverse partners;
  • Significant travel to attend meetings, meet with partners and represent the League at events;
  • Proven experience working in or with diverse populations, including communities of color or disenfranchised communities;
  • Solid internet research skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with colleagues, volunteers/interns, coalition partners and others;
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and be flexible;
  • Knowledge and interest in politics;
  • Excellent writing skills; and
  • Sense of humor.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience, health & retirement benefits. Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Alaska Wilderness League is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in environmental advocacy.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, a relevant writing sample, salary requirements and the names and contact information for three references to jobs@alaskawild.org. Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

COORDINATOR, ARCTIC REFUGE DEFENSE CAMPAIGN

Position Title: Coordinator, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign
Classification: Exempt, full-time
Reports To: Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign Director
Location: Washington, D.C.

Background: The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign (ARDC) is comprised of a coalition of non-profit organizations working to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. The ARDC Coordinator will serve as a core member of the Campaign Team by assisting the Director and Deputy Director in the day to day operations of the campaign and will report to the Director.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide logistical support including managing internal coalition communication tools, assist with outside vendors and event planning.
  • Track the activities, needs and meetings for multiple coalition sub-teams, seeking opportunities for cross-team collaboration.
  • Assist with the creation of campaign materials as appropriate.
  • Serve as a liaison between campaign sub-teams and campaign leadership and work with ARDC staff and consultants to implement campaign plan strategies and tactics and assist in the coordination of coalition activities.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of work experience, Capitol Hill, Administration or non-profit experience a plus.
  • Basic understanding of federal legislative process.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required, major in public policy, communications, marketing, environmental policy, or indigenous studies preferred.
  • Passion for supporting indigenous rights, wildlife and land conservation, and combating climate change.
  • Interest in working with diverse populations.
  • Experience working with coalitions, political campaigns, human rights, indigenous peoples, or wildlife conservation.
  • Knowledge or experience around issues affecting Native American or Alaskan Native communities.
  • Interest in advocacy and desire to learn about new ways to influence public opinion and policy.
  • Excellent written communication skills, interpersonal and writing skills, and a basic understanding of the federal legislative process.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, social media platforms, and ability to maintain website content.
  • Desire and ability to work in teams and pitch in where and when needed.
  • Strong and cheerful work ethic.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team to build and maintain internal and external relationships.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Health & retirement benefits included. Alaska Wilderness League is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in environmental advocacy.

The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

To apply: To apply, please send a cover letter of interest and resume to jobs@arcticrefugedefense.org, subject line: ARDC Coordinator.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ARCTIC REFUGE DEFENSE CAMPAIGN

Position Title: Deputy Director, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign
Classification: Exempt, full-time
Reports To: Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign Director
Location: Washington, D.C.

Background: The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign (ARDC) is comprised of a coalition of non-profit organizations working to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. The ARDC is seeking an experienced, strategic and innovative campaigner to help protect this iconic landscape and the way of life of indigenous peoples who depend on it. The Deputy Director will assist the Director in the day to day operations of the campaign with a major focus on field, outreach and external communications. The Deputy Director should be someone who thrives on collaboration and coalition work and is able to operate in a fast-paced environment with the capacity to solve problems creatively.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead field and outreach elements of campaign including strategic deployment of resources, development of joint tactics and on the ground communications to support campaign goals.
  • Convene regular meetings of coalition and partner group field leads;
  • Execute on major campaign initiatives and projects including fly-ins, rallies and other events;
  • Increase public awareness of issue through strategic communications; working closely with coalition communications staff and campaign consultants;
  • Recruit, forge alliances, and serve as a liaison to a diverse set of new constituencies;
  • Oversee internal coalition communication tools, assist with outside vendors, and event planning;
  • Track the activities, needs and meetings for multiple coalition sub-teams, seeking opportunities for cross-team collaboration;
  • Create web, digital content, and other campaign materials as appropriate;
  • Fill in for Director as appropriate on calls or in meetings and other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • 5-10 years of work experience, campaign, Capitol Hill, Administration or non-profit experience a plus;
  • Understanding of federal legislative process;
  • Bachelor’s degree required, major in public policy, communications, marketing, or environmental policy preferred;
  • Passion for supporting indigenous rights, wildlife and land conservation, and combating climate change;
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and willingness to reach out to non-traditional potential allies;
  • Interest in working with a broad coalition consisting of diverse organizations; experience working with political campaigns, human rights, indigenous peoples, coalitions, or wildlife conservation a plus;
  • Interest in advancing new ways to influence public opinion and policy;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs;
  • Knowledge of using social media platforms for advocacy engagement;
  • Desire and ability to work in teams and pitch in where and when needed;
  • Strong and cheerful work ethic;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team to build and maintain internal and external relationships.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Health & retirement benefits included. The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

To apply: To apply, please send a cover letter of interest, resume and writing sample to jobs@arcticrefugedefense.org, subject line: ARDC Deputy Director.