Chumash Marine Sanctuary Intern

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Sierra Club

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San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Chumash Marine Sanctuary Intern
Department: Santa Lucia Chapter
Location: Flexible within San Luis Obispo County, California
Reports to: Chapter Chair and Volunteer Manager
Duration: 15-20 hours per week for 6 months

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 climate crisis 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 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: After more than 40 years of local advocacy and agency recommendations for marine sanctuary protection of California’s Central Coast, we are now in the final designation phase for the first tribally nominated marine sanctuary in the nation. The intern will inform and engage the community and regional businesses in order to support the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS), with the goal of driving comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) when it issues the environmental review and management plan for the Sanctuary. Skills to be gained include community outreach, organizing meetings and volunteer participation, developing effective communications to Sierra Club members and supporters (email, social media, website), and working in a collaborative environment.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Working from a spreadsheet of past and potential supporters, communicate with them via email, phone, or other means to remind them of their previous support and update them on the current state of the marine sanctuary nomination and the need to engage in the process.
  • Participate in meetings with the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and the CHNMS Advocacy Team. Assist the Team with social media posts, graphics, postcards, and other public outreach materials for in-person events.
  • Communicate to the Chapter’s members and supporters about the benefits of the CHNMS, highlighting the economic benefits to the Central Coast business community. Send multiple email blasts and AddUp campaign alerts to keep our members up-to-date and urge them to submit public comments during NOAA’s review process. Provide talking points and instructions on how to make public comments.
  • Work with Sierra Club California (our statewide chapter) to inform the Sierra Club community across California about the CHNMS and work to have the designation process featured in Sierra Club California’s highly influential Capitol Voice bulletin.
  • Organize and host a Santa Lucia Chapter General Meeting about the CHNMS, organizing speakers, creating a PowerPoint presentation, facilitating the event over Zoom, and promoting the event beforehand.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using social media
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in and commitment to protecting the environment
  • Basic computer skills
  • 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.

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

  • Experience with using digital marketing platforms to send mass emails, such as Salesforce and Marketing Cloud
  • Ability to represent the goals of the Sierra Club and the Santa Lucia Chapter


The hourly rate for this position is $18.00/Hour.

This is a category 99 non-exempt, non-represented, temporary 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. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas. 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.

Position open until filled. Priority deadline for applications is September 23, 2022.

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