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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:

Development Associate
Endangered Species Act Campaigner

Major Gifts Officer

Media Specialist — Oceans
Population Organizer
Scientist and Communications Specialist — Environmental Health
Senior Food Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Staff Attorney — Environmental Health Program
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Staff Scientist — Oceans
Sustainability Research Associate  — Population and Sustainability Program

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Development Associate
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a mid-level development professional to join a dynamic, successful fundraising team while advancing the organization’s mission. The Development Associate will primarily help support and grow the donor relations program while supporting the major gifts team by researching, identifying, cultivating, stewarding, soliciting, maintaining, renewing, and growing our base of $1k and over Leadership Circle member prospects and donors, our planned giving prospects and donors, managing the production of communications, fundraising appeals and events targeted to major donors and prospects, maintaining donor and campaign information in membership databases, processing and acknowledging major donor gifts, and extracting information from databases for donor communications and reporting. The Development Associate will report to the Senior Donor Relations Associate and work collaboratively with other development, senior leadership, conservation and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Cultivate, engage and steward a portfolio of current and prospective major donors of $1k and over for annual gifts and campaigns throughout the year.
  • Update current and prospective major donors about Center program work in their area/s of interest.
  • Communicate directly with major donors about their preferences, donations or contact information.
  • Conduct in-depth research on prospective and current major donors.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date individual major donor records in multiple databases.
  • Manage outgoing e-mail fundraising to segmented donor groups.
  • Serve as liaison between major donors and program staff.
  • Provide administrative and project management support for mailed and emailed fundraising campaigns and cultivation efforts throughout the year.
  • Assist with planning, coordinating, and implementing major gift team’s donor visits and special events.
  • Review, process and communicate incoming major donations.
  • Help manage personal donor thanking and acknowledgement process for all major gifts, including coordination with senior leadership, the Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Personally thank major donors for donations via phone, e-mail and handwritten notes.
  • Coordinate and organize quarterly phone briefings.
  • Run queries and extract information from donor databases for mailings and data analysis.
  • Help manage action items for major gifts program staff and development leadership.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the donor relations program.
  • Stay updated on current Center programs and actions, as necessary.
  • Assist with other projects in donor relations, major gifts, membership and grants as assigned. 

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • Dynamic, growth oriented self starter.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Ability to retain high level of donor confidentiality and practice good judgment.
  • Experience conducting in-depth donor research, including database work, highly desirable.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and accuracy in completing complex tasks.  
  • Highly motivated and self-confident, strong drive to move projects forward, and follow-through with staff.
  • Ability to learn and complete tasks quickly.
  • Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities and personal interactions, prioritize and meet both short and longer term deadlines.
  • High energy level and excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access or other fundraising databases preferred. Experience with Revolution Online (ROI) database and Microsoft GroupMail software a plus.
  • Desktop publishing skills a plus.
  • Excellent handwriting a plus.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude a must.

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.

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

 

Endangered Species Act Campaigner
Full Time
Washington, DC

General position overview:
The Center seeks an experienced campaigner to engage our 825,000-plus members and online activists, the public at large, other environmental groups, scientists, community leaders, elected officials and others in defense of the Endangered Species Act.  The campaigner will report to the Endangered Species Program Director and work collaboratively with other conservation and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Generate research reports, press releases, web text, action alerts and other materials to highlight the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and defend it against attacks.
  • Generate favorable news articles and TV and radio stories on the success and importance of the Act.
  • Engage the public through action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of the Act and endangered species protections.
  • Cultivate and expand the Center’s network of volunteer ESActivists.
  • Generate editorials, op-eds and letters to the editor in support of the Act.
  • Draft comments and take other actions in support of endangered species protections for individual species.
  • Engage ally environmental groups, religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, and others to join our campaign.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • Dynamic and assertive personality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to produce well-written communications on short- and long-range deadlines.
  • Experience conducting environmental advocacy highly desirable.
  • Experience working with volunteers or activists, and the media.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act.
  • An advanced degree in science or law.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.

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.

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

 

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.

 

Media Specialist — Oceans
Full Time
San Francisco Bay Area

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative and media-savvy communicator for our work to protect oceans and sea life. The Center is a leading voice in ocean protection and is responsible for the majority of protections for marine mammals and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act in the past 15 years. Our highly motivated Oceans team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle the key threats to our oceans, from climate change and plastic pollution to offshore drilling and habitat destruction. The Media Specialist will produce high-impact communications on every platform aimed at addressing the issues facing our oceans; generate positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about ocean protection; and play an integral role in maintaining the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports directly to the Communications Director and works closely with our Oceans program, communications program and the leadership team.

Main duties:

  • Produce compelling press releases, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Heighten public knowledge of the threats facing our oceans and solutions.
  • Work closely with Communications and Oceans staff to develop and execute long-term and near-term strategic communications plans.
  • Organize and execute editorial drives.
  • Track national and international news on oceans and seek out strategic new ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Act as a public spokesperson as needed.
  • Integrate oceans-related materials into other Center communications.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize ocean-related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing communications materials, including the website and regular publications.
  • Provide educational and persuasive outreach to members of Congress and other decision makers.
  • Assist with outreach to the Center’s 775,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially regarding the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal skills.
  • A deep working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • An understanding of media cycles and the ability to consistently work with them.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps short-term and long-term media opportunities and an ability to execute those opportunities.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A penchant for innovative approaches to reaching new audiences.
  • A confident self-starter who also works well in a team environment.
  • A passion for oceans, sea life and saving all wildlife from extinction.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated success as a professional communicator, including journalism or nonprofit advocacy.
  • A proven track record in strategic communications work.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to mediaspecialist@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Oceans.” The position will remain open until filled. The desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 

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.

 

Scientist and Communications Specialist — Environmental Health
Full Time
Portland or San Francisco Bay Area Preferred

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced and motivated person who combines the skills of both a scientist and an expert communicator to join our work to protect wildlife, people and our environment from the effects of toxics. The Center’s new Environmental Health program will play a leading role in helping the public understand the inextricable link between human health and the health of all other species. Our Environmental Health team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution. The right candidate for this position combines excellent scientific research and writing abilities with proven media outreach and communication skills. Specific tasks will include researching the impacts of toxic substances on imperiled communities and species; providing expertise to support legal advocacy; preparing Endangered Species Act listing petitions; generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about environmental health; and playing an integral role in raising the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports to the Environmental Health Director.

The ideal candidate for this position must be able to: 

  • Act as a public spokesperson and engage the public, scientists and opinion leaders on toxics issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Produce compelling press releases and effective statements to reporters, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments, white papers, reports and listing petitions.
  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans.
  • Track news stories pertaining to core areas of programmatic focus and establish new ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize environmental health–related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing Environmental Health communications materials, including website content and print publications to help inform and activate the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially regarding the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s degree in a relevant scientific field, such as conservation biology, environmental studies, ecology, earth sciences, ecotoxicology, chemistry, or public health. Candidates with exceptional communications experience or master’s degrees in other relevant fields, such as journalism, will be considered if they have a bachelor’s degree in an earth science or related field.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with toxics issues such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollution, and air and water pollution.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A strong work ethic and good time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.
  • Dynamic and confident self-starter who can work effectively independently and with a team.
  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • A solid working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • Experience working with the media.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects on both long- and short-term timelines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts.
  • A passion for the Center’s work, and for the work of our Environmental Health program in particular.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and comparable to other nonprofits. 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 email a thoughtful cover letter and résumé to scientist_comms_ehp@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Scientist and Communications Specialist.” The position will remain open until filled. The desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 

Staff Attorney — Environmental Health Program
Full Time
Portland, Oregon, or San Francisco Bay Area Preferred

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversityseeks a dynamic and experienced staff attorney for our new Environmental Health program. The Staff Attorney will work as part of a team using law and advocacy to stop or reform toxic practices that are imperiling humans and other species. Core areas of focus will be pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution. The staff attorney will be supervised by the Environmental Health Director and will work closely with other program staff.

Main duties:

  • Develop cases to further the goals of the Center’s Environmental Health program.
  • Engage in administrative advocacy, such as commenting on proposed plans, projects, and rulemakings and the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
  • Engage in analysis of and advocacy regarding pending state and federal legislation.
  • Litigate cases in state and federal court that will protect both imperiled species and humans throughout the United States.
  • Prepare communications such as press releases, factsheets and white papers; deliver effective messages to reporters; and give talks at relevant conferences.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum two years of litigation experience, environmental law preferred.
  • Familiarity with key laws such as the Administrative Procedure Act; Endangered Species Act; Clean Water Act; National Environmental Policy Act; the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide and Fungicide Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and the Toxic Substances Control Act.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research and oral advocacy skills.
  • A proven ability to develop cases and manage a busy docket.
  • Experience consistently meeting internal and external deadlines and producing excellent finished products in a timely manner.
  • Member of a state bar.
  • Experience participating in environmental or advocacy campaigns.
  • A strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • A dynamic and assertive personality.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Proficiency in environmental health issues, scientific literacy, and a deep commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and comparable to other nonprofits. 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_ehp@biologicaldiversity.org, with “Environmental Health 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 the Climate Law Institute. 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 and protect species threatened with extinction from climate change.

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 animals and plants, supporting the implementation of existing laws to reduce greenhouse pollution and speed the transition to a clean energy future, and supporting the development of new science-based and equitable laws and policies. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing, and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, 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 conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, climate science, or other atmospheric/earth science.
  • 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 environmental protection.
  • GIS proficiency preferred.

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.

 

Sustainability Research Associate  — Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Washington, D.C., preferred; other locations considered)

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Sustainability Research Associate to join our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program. This position will support the environmental movement’s most innovative campaign to raise awareness about the links between rampant human population growth, overconsumption and wildlife extinction, with a particular focus on identifying, evaluating and promoting renewable energy sources as a critical part of achieving a clean energy future. This detail-oriented job requires an understanding of both technical data and public policy and a dedication to advocating for sustainable consumer choices and policy change.

The Research Associate will work as part of a dynamic team to provide support for research and analysis, policy advocacy, and grassroots and media outreach. The position will focus on intensive review of scientific and social science literature, monitoring journals and news outlets, data analysis, as well as providing technical assistance for lifestyle and advocacy campaigns related to renewable energy, animal agriculture and other sustainability issues.

Main duties:

  • Review and evaluation of technical and social science literature to inform our evidence-based advocacy work, including support for policy, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Qualitative analysis of scientific and policy issues, with a particular focus on current status and trends in the renewable energy sector and the relationship among energy production and consumption, human population and threats to wildlife and the environment.
  • Quantitative analysis of data and preparation of user-friendly materials and graphics using technical information.
  • Writing and presentation of research findings.
  • Assisting in preparation of public materials such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets and reports.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • A master’s degree in relevant scientific field such as environmental studies, ecology, biology, environmental engineering, environmental policy, or energy policy — or several years’ equivalent experience in relevant professional research-related work.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific and policy literature on environmental issues is essential; familiarity with the literature on energy science and policy — particularly renewable sources — is preferred.
  • Expertise in regulatory and legislative research, including literacy in environmental laws, policy and regulations, federal and state legislative tracking systems and familiarity with federal environmental and energy policy administration.
  • Practical and technical knowledge of renewable energy sources preferred.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes 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 preferred location for this position is Washington, D.C., but others are negotiable.

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

 

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