Under the direction of Gulf of Mexico Campaign Director, the Associate Campaign Director is responsible for advocacy, outreach and grassroots organizing efforts for TIRNs Gulf Office, located in Galveston, Texas. Specifically, this position will be charged with growing public awareness of TIRN and its programs to aid in the protection and recovery of Kemps ridley sea turtles on the upper Texas coast and throughout the species range in the Gulf of Mexico. Specific goals for this campaign are:
Build consensus to create a sea turtle hatchery on the upper Gulf Coast
Manage and staff (with volunteers) a visitors education center in Galveston;
Coordinate and implement a formal or informal cooperative agreement with Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary;
Organize and participate at public events to build support for protection of the Gulf of Mexico and sea turtles.
The Associate Campaign Director must have the capacity to conceive, design and execute grassroots programs from the ground up. Key target constituents for these organizing efforts include: the public, local, regional and national media, community-based organizations such as homeowner groups, other environmental organizations, public agencies and business organizations in Galveston and other upper Texas coast communities.
In partnership with the Gulf Office Director and senior management, design and develop grassroots organizing, activism and community participation processes and lead its execution.
Develop and execute plan for recruiting and management of beach patrols;
Assess and evaluate community assets and strengths available to be leveraged to support the campaign;
Building community awareness of and pride in the target species;
Coordinating location-specific conservation actions that protect the species and build ecological awareness;
Gaining momentum for long-term conservation measures and protective policies.
Leading hands-on activities to protect the Kemps ridley sea turtles along the upper Texas coast;
Create communication infrastructures, including methods for media cultivation and on-going collaboration;
Participate in community meetings, events and conferences as needed;
Maintain cooperation and participation with collaborating groups such as local homeowner groups, environmental organizations and municipal, state and Federal agencies;
Prepare required monthly reports, communications and other documentation necessary to support both Gulf campaign and broader organizational goals;
Producing education and PR materials;
Develop and execute strategies for recruiting volunteers;
As necessary, developing an intern training program and recruiting interns approved by the STRP senior management;
Developing novel/creative strategies, tactics and methods for outreach, volunteer recruiting and distributing education and PR materials.
Other duties as assigned.
Work with diverse set of community based organizations, residents and stakeholders, including those that are potentially adverse to TIRNs goals;
Foster open communication within and among diverse groups;
Work in a team environment;
Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Undergraduate degree in environmental science, marine biology or related field;
Three to five years experience in community/grassroots organizing in an environmental organization;
Experience in volunteer management, meeting facilitation and/or community relations;
Knowledge of Gulf of Mexico environmental issues, including fishing and shrimping practices and regulatory policy (state and federal), and oil and gas exploration/recovery;
Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational and writing skills;
Success oriented, assertive, high achiever with demonstrated leadership and management skills;
Experience with public speaking and presentations.
How to Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to: email@example.com. PRINCIPALS ONLY; NO RECRUITING FIRMS WILL BE CONSIDERED.