Streams Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Wailuku, HI, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Streams Organizer
Department: Hawaiʻi Chapter
Location: Wailuku, HI and remote
Reports To: Chapter 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 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: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns around stream restoration that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve our conservation goals. Plans, organizes and coordinates the activities of staff and volunteers in carrying out the organizing activities for assigned campaigns or programs. Develops organizing strategies and priorities for assigned campaigns or programs.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Develops and maintains organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes volunteer efforts, monitors and tracks expenses on select campaigns.
  • Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face social networks to support Sierra Club cause.
  • Identifies and develops volunteers who will work as part of a team and 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.
  • Maintains and develops new partnerships with community groups who share common goals and values.
  • Plans and coordinates strategy and activities to obtain media coverage in regional and national media outlets. Participates in the development of media campaigns; may represent the Sierra Club in the media; promotes volunteer media exposure.
  • Ensures information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and priority issues are provided. Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy, including communications, advancement and Sierra Club National.
  • Represents Sierra Club in regional coalitions, at regional events and to the general public, along with in the media, public forums and venues, and public education.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Prior experience or equivalent in grassroots organizing training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building, and building citizen science programs. Candidate should be able to effectively organize around the campaign, and knowledge of how to work effectively with volunteers and ally organizations.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including public speaking. Candidate will be required to draft communications materials (including but not limited to emails, social media posts, press releases and presentations), along with ability to effectively communicate about programs and campaigns at speaking engagements.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s social and political history. Organizing effectively will require a working knowledge of Hawai‘i’s unique social and political history including with regards to the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the ways in which such historical injustices continue to manifest in the present day.
  • Familiarity with the history of East Maui’s stream diversions and their ecological-cultural context. The focus of this position will be on upholding the public trust in East Maui’s streams through community building which will require intimate knowledge of the streams and communities affected by the historic and ongoing diversion of East Maui streams by corporate entities.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers. Candidate will work closely with volunteers from Sierra Club and other ally organizations. .
  • 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:

  • Excellent knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns
  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is non-negotiable at $59,500.

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 6 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 applications until the position is filled.

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