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JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 825,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have nearly 100 staff in offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the policy of the Center for Biological Diversity to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, family responsibility, matriculation, personal appearance or economic background, or any other legally protected status. Candidates with diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Communications Associate
Major Gifts Officer

Membership Assistant — Donation Processing and Database Support
Open Government Staff Attorney — Endangered Species Program
Paralegal — Climate Law Institute
Population Organizer
Senior Food Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Staff Scientist — Oceans

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Communications Associate
Tucson, Arizona
Full time

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a hard-working, detail-oriented and organized self-starter for our communications team. This rapid-response position supports our endangered species work as well as email outreach to a growing network of 825,000 supporters and online activists. The job requires excellent writing and attention to style; proven computer skills and experience with web design; the ability to learn new programs and databases; management of short and long-term projects; and a motivated, creative personality that works well independently and in a team environment.

The Communications Associate will be managed by the Communications Director and work collaboratively with other staff.

Main duties:

  • Helping write and edit daily action alerts to the Center’s network of supporters.
  • Formatting and distributing our weekly e-newsletter Endangered Earth Online.
  • (Re)designing email templates and pages throughout our website.
  • Assisting with ongoing maintenance and updating of website content, including text on pages.
  • Troubleshooting technical issues on website and in activism database.
  • Solving code problems and providing technical backup to Center webmaster.
  • Tracking trends in communications and suggesting improvements and changes.
  • Assisting staff administratively in reaching out to activists and decision-makers .

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, plus two to four years’ work experience related to environmental activism, organizing, writing or communications.
  • Strong understanding of web design, programming languages like HTML (Dreamweaver helpful); experience with mass-email platforms helpful.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; experience with editing and proofing, preferred.
  • Solid grasp of issues related to the Center’s work and demonstrated personal interest in the environment and activism.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments.
  • An ability to work independently and thrive in a team environment.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a resumé and thoughtful cover letter, as well as two short writing samples and any links to show experience with web design, to Communications@biologicaldiversity.org with “Communications Associate” in the subject line. No calls, please. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled.

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
San Francisco, California

General position overview:
This is an outstanding career opportunity with the Center for Biological Diversity for a creative, savvy, self-motivated, fearless, articulate, energetic and effective Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The ideal candidate will have five to seven years of fundraising experience in the environmental movement and close ties to funders in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the West Coast. The position will be based at the Center’s San Francisco office and report to the Director of Development. The MGO will be a key player on the Center’s Development team and significantly contribute to the organization’s revenue goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build up and maintain a portfolio of 100–150 donors and prospective donors. Plan and maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face visits with some current and mainly prospective donors.
  • Create a prospect list of new potential major donors to support Center’s work.
  • Manage necessary research, qualification and cultivation of prospective donors.
  • Establish new relationships; draft individualized prospect strategies, letters and proposals leading to asks and closes for new gifts of $100K and greater.
  • Develop philanthropic affinity groups to segment by demographics, geographic location and program interests.  
  • Work with and leverage Executive Director, Director of Development, key program staff and select volunteers to develop solicitation strategies and include in direct solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with donor relations team to identify and upgrade high-capacity and recurring annual mid-level $1K-$25K donors to major gift level.
  • Work as part of team with senior leadership to develop plan, set and meet seven-figure annual revenue targets for Major Gifts program that include both restricted and unrestricted annual, multi-year and integrated multi-tiered gifts.
  • Attend and, with support of Development team, organize occasional small “friendraiser/fundraiser” gatherings with donors and prospects.
  • Actively utilize ability and willingness to work independently and productively in separate location from Development team. Position will be located in Center’s downtown SF office.
  • Record and track progress in existing databases in a timely fashion.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Ideally five to seven years of fundraising and direct-solicitation experience.
  • Proven track record of personally closing high five-, six-, and seven-plus-figure gifts, utilizing moves management.
  • Familiarity, ties and contacts with Bay Area, California and national environmental movement funders.
  • Experience including in working with foundations, philanthropic individuals, local political scene and peer organizations.
  • Knowledge of endangered species issues and top environmental threats is strongly preferred.
  • Planned giving/endowment experience a plus, though not required.
  • Availability for significant West Coast travel.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fewer years of experience acceptable if candidate possesses proven abilities as outlined, necessary knowledge of environmental movement and track record as a rainmaker.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: 
To apply please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position to MGO@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

 

Paralegal — Climate Law Institute

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time paralegal in our Climate Law Institute. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The paralegal will provide paralegal, legal secretarial, and administrative support to a dynamic team to support litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The working environment is fast-paced, exciting and supportive.

Main duties:

    • Preparation of legal documents, including cite checking, completing tables of contents and authorities for briefs, proofreading, formatting and related tasks.
    • Filing and serving of documents and maintenance of legal dockets, including ensuring compliance with court rules in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions, e-filing, courtesy copies, calendar management for administrative actions and court filings, corresponding with Clerks’ offices and related tasks.
    • Preparation and indexing of administrative records and appendices/excerpts of record in litigation.
    • Maintenance of legal library, including updating of court rules and reference material.
    • Finalizing comment letters, including retrieval of online references
    • Factual and some legal research.
    • Assisting with the planning and handling of internal and external meetings, travel, and conference arrangements.
    • Assisting with event coordination such as public presentations, rallies, and hearings.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • A university degree
  • A minimum of two years paralegal experience
  • Legal secretarial experience preferred
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • An ability to multi-task efficiently and to work well with others as a part of an effective team
  • A strong work ethic and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection
  • Paralegal certification strongly preferred

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and experience and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. The position will be located in our Oakland office.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to climateparalegal@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Climate Paralegal.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth. 

 

Population Organizer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, preferred; other locations considered

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, detail-oriented organizer to create and manage creative campaigns, outreach projects and educational materials to raise awareness about the impact of runaway population growth on wildlife and the planet. The Organizer will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program, and will run our innovative Endangered Species Condoms project, lead campus outreach and organizing efforts, and use online and offline tactics to organize supporters and allies around population and overconsumption issues.

The Population Organizer will work closely with the population and sustainability team, as well as other organizing, communications, conservation and development staff. The Organizer must have excellent communication and organizational skills; strong people skills; experience organizing individuals online and offline to take action; data management and tracking experience; an ability to think creatively and strategically; knowledge of population, sustainability and environmental issues and politics; and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Main duties:

  • Develop and execute new initiatives to raise public awareness about population growth and its impact on wildlife, and to drive online and offline actions to inspire a growing group of population and sustainability activists.
  • Manage the Endangered Species Condoms project, including developing and implementing strategies for nationally distributing condoms, producing related materials, event planning, tracking distributions, and cultivating and coordinating thousands of volunteer distributors.
  • Drive the program’s organizing effort to rally other environmental groups and individuals around population issues; network and build relationships across movements; and build grassroots support to effect change.
  • Develop and oversee campus outreach efforts around population and sustainability issues.
  • Create and implement short- and long-range education, outreach and action campaigns that connect population and overconsumption with endangered species impacts.
  • Generate volunteer communications, web materials, social media content, research, reports, press releases and op-eds, as well as working with the media in general.

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Three to five years’ organizing experience — national-level organizing preferred.
  • Two to four years’ work related to population, reproductive rights, social justice, sustainability, environmental activism, organizing and/or communications.
  • Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to advocate and take action. Campus organizing experience a plus.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience working with the media, giving interviews and writing press releases.
  • Proven management experience with projects, volunteers and activists.
  • A solid grasp of issues related to population, reproductive rights, social justice, sustainable living, overconsumption, endangered species and climate change, and knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these and other major environmental issues.
  • Strong organization, planning and time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team. 
  • An ability to track and successfully deliver quality products or information regarding multiple tasks while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, busy environment.
  • Minimum associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match. The preferred location for this position is Tucson, Arizona, but others are negotiable.

Application process: 
To apply, please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your organizing experience and interest in the position via email (no paper) to PopOrganizer@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Population Organizer” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Open Government Staff Attorney — Endangered Species Program
Full Time
Portland, Oregon, preferred

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity has many ongoing campaigns to protect biodiversity under environmental and other laws. As part of this work, Center program staff — including legal and conservation staff and scientists — routinely submit requests for records to federal agencies pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and occasionally to state agencies pursuant to state public records acts as well. Our organization requires a full-time staff attorney to manage and track records requests through administrative processes. The staff attorney will litigate to obtain records that are necessary to further the Center’s work when agencies fail to provide records through the administrative process.

This is an entry-level staff attorney position. The attorney will be part of the Center’s Endangered Species program and supervised by the program’s legal director, but will work with program staff throughout the organization. The attorney will gain expertise in open records acts, especially FOIA, and be trained in federal court litigation. There also may be opportunities for litigation under state open records acts. In working with program staff throughout the organization in connection with records requests, the attorney will develop a broad knowledge base about conservation and biodiversity issues. 

Main duties:

  • Submit, track, and appeal records requests pursuant to FOIA and state open records laws.
  • Litigate under FOIA and state open records laws.  
  • Load and manage records in document-management software systems. 
  • Some travel required.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • A law degree. Some litigation experience is desired but not necessary, although a demonstrated desire to litigate in federal court is necessary.
  • Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, as well as some knowledge of environmental statute, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Forest Management Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act.
  • An assertive personality.
  • Scientific literacy.
  • Excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including vacation time; employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample to attorney_OG@biologicaldiversity.org with “Open Government Staff Attorney” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

 
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida (other locations considered)

General position overview:
This position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others to protect amphibian and reptile species from the many threats they face. This will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a background in law, advocacy and biology.  

Main duties:

  • Expand the Center’s amphibian and reptile conservation work.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect imperiled amphibians and reptiles from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, livestock grazing and other threats through litigation.
  • Prepare petitions to list amphibians and reptiles under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Build relationships with key scientists studying amphibians and reptiles.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled amphibians and reptiles.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of amphibians and reptiles as a response to litigation and other pressure.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • At least two years experience as an environmental attorney.
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • Dynamic and assertive personality.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

The Center has offices in Tucson; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; St. Petersburg, Florida; Minneapolis; Denver; Richmond, Vermont; and Washington, D.C. The preferred location for this position is St. Petersburg, Florida, or Washington, D.C., but others are negotiable.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to endangered_species_attorney@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Attorney Job.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Scientist — Climate Law Institute
Full time
San Francisco, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Staff Scientist based in our Climate Law Institute to focus on energy policy and greenhouse gas mitigation. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The Staff Scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The position will focus on supporting our work to apply the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and our campaigns to challenge fracking, oil trains and other forms of fossil-fuel extraction and transport.

The Staff Scientist will assist in the analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of different energy policy choices, and will analyze the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, including lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and the consequences for public health, air quality, water resources and wildlife.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature and policy to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets, and white papers.
  • Engagement with media for interviews.
  • Outreach and presentations to the public and scientists.
  • Scientist organizing.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as energy systems, climate science, earth science, environmental studies, public health, and toxicology.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific literature on climate change is essential; familiarity with the scientific literature on energy policy is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to vigorous environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. This position is located in San Francisco.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to StaffScientist@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Scientist — Oceans
Full Time
Position locations: San Francisco, California, or Anchorage, Alaska

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Staff Scientist for its Oceans program. The aim of the position is to advocate for the protection of marine life from threats including climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, offshore oil development, and overfishing. This position will also support our Arctic and Alaska conservation work on land and at sea. Science forms the basis of our advocacy work and is integral to our legal strategies, policy advocacy and public education.
The staff scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for our administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, and grassroots and media outreach.  The staff scientist’s work will focus on improving the management of endangered sealife, marine habitats and Alaska wildlife. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Lead scientific and advocacy efforts to protect marine species.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments and reports on policy and management proposals (the position will require extensive scientific and policy writing and periodic public testimony).
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage the public, scientists, and opinion leaders on marine issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Build scientific and conservation coalitions and partnerships on ocean conservation initiatives.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as marine biology, oceanography, conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, climate science or other earth science.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with marine conservation literature is essential; familiarity with ocean acidification science or ocean chemistry is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample to oceans@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Senior Food Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Location flexible; Portland, Tucson, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., preferred

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced, creative and highly motivated  campaigner to lead our sustainable food initiatives, including our innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, which highlights the environmental devastation caused by meat production and encourages people to reduce their meat consumption as a critical part of reducing their environmental footprint. The Senior Food Campaigner will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program and will drive the program’s Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to meat production and consumption, industrial agriculture, overconsumption and population growth, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet.

The Senior Food Campaigner will work closely with the population and sustainability team, as well as other organizing, communications and conservation staff. The Campaigner must have excellent communication and organizational skills, an ability to think creatively and strategically, online and offline organizing experience, expertise and working knowledge of food systems, sustainability trends and agricultural policy in the United States, and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Main duties:

  • Develop and execute campaigns, initiatives, outreach and online and offline actions to raise public awareness about the connection between industrial agriculture — particularly meat production — and the environment, and encourage people to reduce their meat consumption.
  • Launch corporate and government policy campaigns that support the goal of reducing meat consumption in the United States and reducing threats to wildlife from industrial agriculture.
  • Develop the program’s messaging, positions and presence on sustainable food-related issues to become a national leader and voice on meat consumption, food production and population issues for media, policymakers, allies and Center supporters.
  • Create outreach materials and resources for Take Extinction Off Your Plate, including new and updated webpages, factsheets, research, reports, op-eds and social media content.
  • Generate press releases and work with the media.
  • Track, analyze and comment on news, trends and science related to meat production and consumption and its impact on the environment.
  • Network and build relationships with environmental, animal-protection, food-safety, health and justice organizations working on similar issues.
  • Work with the program director on strategic planning for continuing to expand the scope and reach of the Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Five to seven years’ organizing experience —national-level organizing in food, environmental and/or animal protection issues preferred.
  • Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to take action online and offline.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience working with the media, giving interviews and writing press releases.
    Proven management experience with short-term and long-term projects.
  • A solid grasp of issues related to animal agriculture, food-system trends, sustainable living, consumer choices and behavior change, overconsumption, population, endangered species and climate change, and knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these issues.
  • Strong organization, planning and time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team. 
  • Minimum associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match. The location of this job is flexible, although Portland, Tucson, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. offices are preferred.

Application process: 
To apply, please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your organizing experience and interest in the position via email (no paper) to FoodCampaigner@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Senior Food Campaigner” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

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