The West Virginia Environmental Council is seeking a conservation organizer and outreach coordinator to join its 2022 lobby team and continue the remainder of the year, and possibly beyond if funds are available. The organizer position will expand the Lobby Team outreach activities to increase citizen engagement and activism for a range of WVEC conservation priorities, with an emphasis on energy issues. The successful applicant will:
- Work with the Lobby Team to analyze pending legislation, develop educational materials for legislators, media, and the public, and communicate with member groups.
- Assist with preparations of materials for mail, social media and telephone communications, including newsletter articles, legislative alerts, and lobby outreach materials.
- Meet as requested with the WVEC Legislative Oversight Committee, including participation in a post-session assessment of lobby team performance.
- Assist with organizing lobby days, citizen participation in legislative hearings, and citizen communication with legislators.
- Build an education campaign around energy issues such as adequate funding for reclamation bonding and WV DEP inspectors.
Preferred qualifications include: demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; experience in communicating with member groups using diverse media; experience with the legislative process, public policy, and/or political work; knowledge of fossil fuel and renewable energy policies and practices; and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. The conservation organizer and outreach coordinator may be able to work remotely, but may also be expected to have an occasional presence at the State Capitol during the Regular Session, and to be fully vaccinated for COVID and be able to attend meetings in person while complying with CDC recommendations such as masking and social distancing.
The position will be a half-time independent contractor (15-20 hours/week) with monthly compensation of $1,200 to $1,500 depending on experience. Preference will be given to candidates who can continue past the 2022 legislative session and become a half-time year-round contractor with the WVEC. Post-session requirements include responsibilities for producing the WVEC’s bi-monthly newsletter, attending WVEC coalition meetings, and maintaining the WVEC’s social media accounts.
If interested, please submit letter of application and resume with names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us for more information.