Field Organizer

US-WI
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach
ID
2017-3414
WI

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

Position Summary

The Field Organizer will work with Audubon chapters, partners, supporters, and volunteers to accomplish conservation and engagement victories in Wisconsin. S/He will be highly energetic, adaptable, relationship-oriented, and a results-driven team player who engages volunteers and community organizations in action and advocacy, from events and volunteer days to recruitment drives and phone banking. The Field Organizer will also help train and build the capacity of volunteers and local leaders and serve as a vital link in bringing Audubon’s ambitious conservation-focused strategic plan to life in communities from coast to coast and in making Audubon the most effective conservation network in America.

 

This is a "remote worker position" and may be located in or around Green Bay, Madison, or Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Essential Functions

  • Build and deepen relationships with Audubon chapters, volunteer leaders, and other partners
  • Focus on community-level implementation of 3-4 campaigns as part of Audubon’s Climate and Great Lakes Initiatives
  • Expand network of Audubon supporters, volunteers, and partners through recruitment and partnership building to meet quarterly growth goals
  • Engage the local Audubon network in conservation, engagement, and advocacy activities – including conducting or coordinating necessary trainings – to meet quarterly participation and outcome goals in key campaigns
  • Coordinate and staff events and activities, from volunteer days to phone banks
  • Support and build capacity of volunteer leaders
  • Work with volunteers and partners to raise the profile of Audubon’s work and mission in the community through presentations, earned media, and other outreach activities
  • Deliver input from volunteers and partners to Great Lake Engagement Manager and other Audubon leaders to help inform strategies
  • Work closely with Engagement Manager to execute on goals

Qualifications and Experience

  • 3+ years field organizing experience (e.g., managing volunteers, staffing community events, canvassing).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals.  Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies, including bipartisan coalitions and communities of color.
  • A self-starter, one who is motivated, able to work in a decentralized work environment with minimal supervision, and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
  • Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
  • Strong commitment to conservation and climate solutions.
  • Proficiency with digital organizing tools (including CRMs and voter files), Microsoft Office, and social media.
  • Spanish-language proficiency a plus.
  • Willing and able to travel and work nonstandard hours, e.g., evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to reliably provide own local transportation.

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