The Sitka Conservation Society is hiring! We are seeking a Community Organizer. At SCS, our Community Organizer plays a key role in ensuring that local voices, values, and perspectives shape the political debate around conservation and sustainability issues in Southeast Alaska. The application to apply is August 1, 2017. See below for the full job description. 


Job Title: Tongass Community Organizer

Reports to: Sitka Conservation Society Executive Director

Salary: DOE

Location: Sitka, Alaska

Deadline to apply:  August 1, 2017

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to sophie@sitkawild.org and maia@sitkawild.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you have questions, you may contact us at 907-747-7509.

The Organization

Since our founding in 1967, the Sitka Conservation Society has worked to conserve the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Tongass National Forest. Besides its global importance as the largest remaining temperate rain forest on Earth, the Tongass is our home. We exist because our way of life is tied to this landscape. Our families hunt, gather, fish, and find inspiration here. We are a grassroots organization of locals and visitors who passionately care about the Tongass National Forest and want to see this place protected for future generations. Along with our members, partners, local businesses, and land managers, we challenge misguided policies and ensure that decision makers prioritize long-term community sustainability and environmental health.

Over the last 100 years, the Tongass has has been the target of some devastating natural resource management decisions.  During the boom-and-bust cycles of the 1950s-90s, most of the economically viable old growth trees in the Tongass were logged to feed the insatiable appetites of Southeast Alaska’s pulp mills. Land managers often prioritized short-term profits over long-term sustainability, turning a blind eye to the destruction of our salmon streams and healthy forests. Fortunately, times are changing and Southeast Alaska still has relatively intact and functional ecosystems.  We are dedicated to ensuring that these ecosystem remain intact while also fostering the development of sustainable communities across Southeast Alaska. For more information about the Sitka Conservation Society, please check out our website at www.sitkawild.org or stop by our office in Sitka at 201 Lincoln St Suite 4 (above Old Harbor Books).

Position Details

The Community Organizer’s primary task is to promote democracy and citizen involvement in issues involving natural resource management of the Tongass. The Community Organizer plays a key role in ensuring that local voices, values, and perspectives shape the political debate around conservation and sustainability issues in Southeast Alaska. The Community Organizer will work closely with other staff to track policy, recruit volunteers, and mobilize citizens and community members to get involved in policy development, advocacy, and environmental defense.  


Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Organize political action, citizen involvement, and advocacy on conservation and sustainability issues in Sitka and across Southeast Alaska

  • Recruit and work with community members to catalyze advocacy actions

  • Develop and carry out organizing campaigns

  • Teach effective canvassing and campaigning techniques

  • Participate in door-to-door, phone, and event outreach to diverse groups of Alaskans

  • Help plan and execute public community events related to conservation and sustainability issues

  • Recruit and retain a new base of volunteers, members, and leaders

  • Build partnerships with community institutions


Ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills

  • Previous experience with political campaigns and grassroots organizing

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a broad range of coalition partners and work with diverse stakeholders

  • Excellent listening and retention skills

  • Demonstrated ability in planning and coordinating events

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team

  • Ability to maintain positive attitude despite difficult political environment

  • Demonstrated ability for timeliness and ability to meet deadlines and changing priorities



  • BA or Masters degree in related field - or equivalent work experience

  • Familiarity with Southeast Alaska region and history

  • Knowledge of Alaska politics or conservation issues a plus

  • Previous staff management a plus

  • Ability to adapt and adjust quickly

  • Ability to work flexible hours

  • Outgoing and positive attitude

  • Commitment to social justice

  • Belief in community organizing as a means to improve community development






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