Energy Campaigner

Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is seeking applications to fill the role of Energy Campaigner (12-month maternity leave)

Plans to dramatically increase shipments of oil, coal and LNG through our waters risk turning the Salish Sea into a superhighway for fossil fuel exports. If these projects go ahead, BC would be responsible for millions of extra tonnes of carbon emissions each year, and the magnificent Salish Sea would face the constant threat of a catastrophic oil spill that would devastate the marine environment, coastal communities and BC’s entire economy for decades to come. Our oil spill response capacity remains totally inadequate for a small spill of fuel or conventional oil, let alone a large diluted bitumen spill.

Projects like the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline have put our region at the heart of a global conversation about energy use and climate change. These projects are mainly designed to export land-locked fossil fuels overseas, so to get to market, they need to go through us. If we come together and say no to dirty fossil fuels and yes to a clean energy future, we can protect our local waters from the threat of a major oil spill, and play a major part in protecting our climate.

Georgia Strait Alliance’s Tankers and Spills program works to protect Georgia Strait from existing vessel traffic through advocating for improved oil spill preparedness and response; and to avoid additional risk to the local environment and the climate by advocating against new fossil fuel export projects in the Salish Sea.

This position is offered as a 12 month term staff position at .8 FTE with an annual salary of $37,000 plus benefits. This position will start June 15th, 2017.

Location: Vancouver office

What you’ll be doing:

  • Developing and implementing campaign plans to achieve the strategic objectives of the Tankers and Spills program, including stopping the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project
  • Educating GSA supporters and the general public about, and mobilizing them to take action on, issues like tankers and oil spills, using a variety of online and offline tools.
  • Engagingn with elected representatives at all levels of government, and staff (in person and in writing), and working together where appropriate to advance campaigns
  • Collaborating with GSA staff to craft media and public messaging; draft emails, blogs, and content for GSA’s website, social media channels and online engagement tools; as well as write content for general GSA communications
  • Encouraging supporters to take progressively more committed actions, identifying meaningful engagement opportunities, and nurturing their progress up the ladder of engagement
  • Building alliances and relationships with environmental organizations, citizens groups, First Nations, government and business representatives and researchers through meetings, workshops, conferences and other opportunities, and collaborating where possible to achieve goals.
  • Staying abreast of issue-based and political developments related to the Tankers and Spills program and working with Executive Director to determine GSA’s positioning as needed
  • Participating in consultations and workshops, preparing written submissions and briefing notes
  • Conducting research and working with experts and consultants to supply evidence supporting our position, and developing recommended policy alternatives
  • Participating in project assessments and using legal avenues where appropriate
  • Working with all GSA staff to support organizational goals, including fundraising, strategic planning and volunteer management

What skills you should have:

  • You are comfortable mobilizing people to take action online and offline, and you’ve done it before
  • You’re a good chess player (or something similar) which means you like to strategize about the best moves and turn that thinking into outreach and advocacy campaigns – and you can adapt those plans in response to changing circumstances
  • You might have a post-secondary degree – you might not – but your volunteer and work experience show reliability, flexibility and ability to learn quickly
  • You love speaking to people and sharing your passion about this beautiful region and the threats that current energy policy are bringing to it
  • You love to write and tell engaging stories.
  • You as comfortable rallying a crowd at a public meeting as you are talking one-on-one to people who can have an impact on the work, be they in First Nations/local/regional/provincial or federal government
  • Computers are your good friend, you’re comfortable with the latest technology, and you enjoy trying out and evaluating new online platforms
  • You’re a self-starter, aren’t afraid to put forward new ideas, and enjoy getting feedback to make ideas better.
  • You’re comfortable working on your own but you enjoy working with colleagues who you might not see everyday, within your organization and other groups.
  • You are a good planner and you can track your time and work progress well, and like to share this with your colleagues.
  • You love riding ferries and traveling around the region.

It would also be great – but not a deal breaker –  if you had some experience in strategic planning and had knowledge of the local marine environment and/or climate and energy issues.

We are accepting applications until May 22, 6 pm. Please email your cover letter, resume and references as one document to  Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.  Please – no phone calls.

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