Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is seeking applications to fill the role of:
Fossil Fuel Moratorium Organizer
Fossil fuels threaten the Salish Sea. Right now, more than a dozen new or expanded oil, coal or liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities have been proposed or recently approved on the shores of the Salish Sea, primarily aimed at exporting North American fossil fuels to Asian markets. These projects put the people, ecosystems and economy of the Salish Sea at risk, and put our region on the front lines of the battle to stop climate change.
If all the proposals in the region were approved, the Pacific Northwest would become one of the largest fossil fuel exporters in the world. This would mean over 308 million extra tonnes of carbon dioxide each year (more than 5 times BC’s annual total emissions), and 1,231 more ships joining the already crowded waterways of the Salish Sea.
A potential oil spill would have a devastating effect on the ecosystem, our economy and our communities. The impacts of carbon emissions on our ocean, including increasing acidification and warmer temperatures, are beginning to be felt. To protect this beautiful, ecologically vital place, we must begin the work of ending fossil fuel exports through the Salish Sea region, putting in place a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and phasing out the use of current infrastructure.
We are looking to hire just the right person to work with the GSA team to build support for a fossil fuel infrastructure moratorium across the region. This fantastic and committed person will work in the region to build a network of community groups and committed individuals to stop the fossil fuel threat to the Salish Sea, helping build broad resistance to exports and bulk transits. You will support our outreach, advocacy and grassroots development work to build political will and community support for a fossil-fuel free Salish Sea.
This position is offered on a 5 month contract basis at 2 days a week, to a maximum total of $6200 at $20/hr. Position to begin as soon as possible.
Location: Vancouver/Southern Vancouver Island/Southern Gulf Islands (working from home office)
The contractor reports to the Energy Campaigner.
What you’ll be doing:
- Taking the lead on GSA’s fossil fuel moratorium community engagement efforts
- Recruiting and coordinating a volunteer-staffed pilot moratorium team in a single community, identifying potential leaders and streaming them into appropriate training
- Scheduling regular one on ones with key volunteer leaders
- Assisting and/or taking the lead on event logistics and promotion of moratorium community events
- Organizing grassroots skills trainings and workshops
- Coordinating fossil fuel moratorium outreach events (petitioning, phoning, tabling)
- Helping to identify resource levels and volunteer requirements necessary to accomplish responsibilities
- Other duties as assigned
- Must be able and willing to work evenings and weekends
What skills and experience you should have:
- You have a love of the Salish Sea, a passion for a better world, and a desire to make change
- You understand the outlines of climate science, and the resistance to fossil fuel extraction in Canada and beyond
- You have excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy working with people
- You’ve been part of a group of dedicated people working together to achieve a goal
- You have a demonstrated ability to write and edit on tight timelines
- You have been a volunteer or staffer in an issue advocacy setting
- You have experience in a non-profit or other dynamic work environment
- You are highly organized and just as on top of details as you are broad strokes
- You have pulled together public events and look forward to more
- You enjoy giving public presentations
- Computers are your good friend and you’re comfortable with the latest technology
You’re self-motivated and are comfortable working on your own but you enjoy working with colleagues within your organization and other groups
It would be great – but not a dealbreaker- if you have experience with Salesforce database, have coordinated or trained volunteers, and have a driver’s license.
It would also be great – but not a deal breaker – if you had some experience in grassroots organizing and strategic planning, marine planning, species at risk protection and knowledge of the local marine environment.
We are accepting applications until October 31, 4 pm.
Please email your cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Please – no phone calls.
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