Louisiana Organizer

Right now a massive petrochemical buildout is underway in South Louisiana. This presents an existential threat to the people of the Gulf Coast and the environment as a whole. We are working to stop 12 new facilities and pipelines that would have significant environmental justice and coastal wetland impacts. We are working with a broad coalition of frontline communities and nonprofits to oppose this development and shift existing power structures within the state. Healthy Gulf is also working with groups to promote a Green New Deal that not only benefits the Gulf South but has been developed by frontline communities. 

The Louisiana organizer will continue implementing existing strategies and will also have opportunities to contribute new ideas to oppose the petrochemical buildout while creating a positive vision for our future. While some organizing experience is preferred, this position is also perfect for somebody with passion who is willing to put in the work to learn on the job. Somebody from within or with close ties to the communities most impacted by this petrochemical buildout is preferred.

Key Duties:

  • Maintain and expand relationships with frontline communities affected by petrochemical development
  • Work with key partners on long-term movement building and promoting Gulf South for a Green New Deal
  • In coordination with science and policy team, contribute to technical comments to government decision makers
  • Provide training resources to frontline communities as needed and identified by community members
  • Hold public events to educate the public
  • Maintain network of reporters and update them regularly 
  • Develop relationships with political offices through regular communication and in-person meetings
  • Write and publish original content to educate the public and decision makers
  • Coordinate with other NGOs and environmental groups on strategy
  • Attend public meetings, organize public comment strategy, and give public testimony. 

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Experience with environmental justice issues and political/issue-based activism
  • Comfortable with public speaking and effective at written communication 
  • Self-motivated, organized and focused 
  • Good interpersonal skills for working within a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental, racial and social justice
  • Strong preference for somebody with a personal connection to St. James, Plaquemines, or other parishes in Louisiana’s industrial corridor;

To Apply, submit the following to jobs@healthygulf.org:

  • A cover letter. Within your cover letter, answer the following question in 2 paragraphs or less: The effects of climate change disproportionately affect communities of color. In the Gulf South, how can we ensure equity and inclusion as we adapt to the changing physical landscape that climate change will present us with?
  • a resume
  • 3 references

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 2, 2020.

Reports to: Campaign Director

Location: Southeast Louisiana (reporting to New Orleans office)

Salary: 40 hours per week at 40,000- 45,000  (depending on experience) plus generous benefits package

Status: Non-exempt

Organizational Background:

Healthy Gulf is a non-profit organization that works to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico region for the benefit of people and wildlife, communities, and ecosystems. 

We work at the intersection of environmental and justice issues in the Gulf South, acknowledging the disproportionate impact of environmental issues on communities of color and low income communities. Healthy Gulf has made a commitment to work toward racial equity and inclusion and to engage with our partners to support the interdependent needs of the Gulf’s environment and people in a rapidly changing world. 

We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, or national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

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