Forest Protection Team Organizer

Organization icon

Sierra Club

Location icon

Boston, MA, United States

Clock icon

30 days ago

Job Title: Forest Protection Team Organizer
Department: Massachusetts Chapter
Location: Boston, MA
Reports To: State Political Director


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the twin climate and biodiversity crises and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of volunteer leaders and local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: The Chapter Forest Protection Team Organizer increases capacity by supporting the team in achieving the following goals:

Goal 1: Increase public awareness (including public officials) from diverse communities across the state on the benefits of public and private land conservation and the Biden Administration’s 30 x 30 campaign.

Goal 2: Move towards the 30x30 goal in Massachusetts by increasing forested lands that are protected from logging and development from (currently) under 2% to 13%.

Goal 3: Support the preservation and expansion of tree canopies in high density, under resourced, urban areas where impacted residents are organized and leading.

Goal 4: Develop a statewide outings program to increase equitable access to wild areas, public lands and open spaces that incorporates Sierra Club’s Outings, Military Outdoors, and Inspiring Connections Outdoors programs

Goal 5: Develop and utilize evaluation analytics to measure and improve the equity and efficacy of campaign outreach, education and advocacy efforts


Job Activities are included but not limited to:

Overall - Advancing Sierra Club Climate Justice Mission

  • Actively seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice through equitable internal processes, centering equity in campaign work, and communications with members, supporters, and partners.

Forest Protection 60%

  • Develops and implements a campaign plan with a variety of engagement strategies to promote forest protection priorities that move Massachusetts towards 30X30 goals. Coordinates and measures success of campaign with State Director and volunteer leads to ensure progress towards meeting the campaign’s goals.
  • Coordinates the identification, recruitment and organizing of volunteers to engage in protecting forests and trees in both rural and urban areas. Identifies and develops volunteers who work as part of a team to take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate. Attends various issue committees and meetings.
  • Oversees research to support forest protection team subcommittee workplans, including identifying appropriate resources, fact checking, and supporting the creation of educational materials, presentations and/or written comments.
  • Identifies and maps new and existing forest/tree protection coalitions, environmental justice and community groups who share common goals and values. Ensures the development and ongoing positive working relationships with these coalitions and groups.
  • Ensures the representation of Sierra Club in vital local and state forest regulatory hearings and processes.
  • Supports campaign communications. Drafts action alerts, letter-to-the-editor, blog posts, press releases, social media posts, and informational flyers to support campaign goals. Make sure campaign activities and communications are coordinated with other Chapter staff as necessary.

Outings - 30%

  • Works with other Chapter staff and Forest Protection Team leads to identify and partner with public officials and community-based organizations in 3 under-resourced communities.
  • Coordinates with the volunteers from Boston Inspiring Communities Outdoors, Military Outdoors and other recruited volunteer outings leaders to build an outings program that connects Massachusetts residents with public lands (municipal, state, and Federal.)
  • Trains 10 new outings leaders in anti-racist and anti-ablist processes for creating access to the benefits and enjoyment of local public lands and wild spaces.

Combined -

  • Helps organize events, presentations, trainings, rallies and meetings in support of campaign goals.

Miscellaneous - 10%

  • Performs other Chapter work as needed, including, but not limited to facilitating volunteer orientations, attending and leading presentations at chapter meetings, authoring articles for monthly or annual newsletters.
  • Participates in Chapter Fundraising events. Works with State Director and volunteer leaders to support grant reporting, major gifts and small gift appeals.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Commitment to equity, racial justice, and economic justice
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. You can communicate clearly and concisely across different groups of stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Ability to work closely in small groups with colleagues, volunteers, community members, and representatives from other organizations. Demonstrated ability to work with others, especially across different identities and roles.
  • Strong research skills and an ability to understand policy. Ability to synthesize information and present in an easy to understand and engaging format
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Experience with Google Drive, social media, and Zoom.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Experience in forest ecology, urban canopies or environmental policy.
  • Previous experience working as an organizer and with volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • Self motivated; ability to work independently but also cooperatively and effectively with chapter staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $62,500 non-negotiable.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 7 non-exempt, represented position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applicantions until December 2nd.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.