The Gila National Forest’s vast and remote wildlands include the world’s first administratively designated wilderness area, contain some of the last free-flowing, wild rivers in New Mexico, and provide an ecological stronghold for imperiled species like the Mexican gray wolf. The forest is currently revising its more than 30-year-old land management plan. The revised plan will determine how the forest is managed for at least 10-15 years, including how key wildlands, wildlife habitat, rivers, and recreational areas will be protected. Over the next 10-12 months, the forest will conduct an evaluation of wilderness quality lands and release a draft management plan and environmental analysis. These provide critical opportunities for public engagement and organizing to help determine the outcomes of the planning process.
The Gila Latino Community Organizer with the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance responsible for the development and implementation of strategies aimed at promoting and achieving future wilderness and land protection designations and policies in the Gila National Forest. Primary responsibilities include identifying, developing, and mobilizing pro-conservation Latino voices and networks across the Gila; educating community members and organizing community engagement; developing campaign strategies and tactics; conducting outreach to key business and community leaders, elected officials and land managers; acting as spokesperson on behalf of wildlands conservation in the Gila; promoting a positive image for wilderness and laying a foundation for increased local and political support for wilderness.
The Gila Latino Community Organizer will engage in priority campaigns within the Gila through outreach activities in the Latino community, coalition coordination, campaign planning and communications efforts. The terms of the contract are as follows:
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Hours per Week: 30 hours
Pay Schedule: Semi Monthly
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Develop and implement strategies that successfully recruit volunteers and build grassroots leaders in support of wilderness and land conservation efforts in the Gila National Forest.
Test new community organizing and civic engagement strategies and tools to identify, cultivate, and gain diverse public and community support, especially from the Latino community.
Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional constituency groups, such as Latino, conservation, recreation and sportsmen organizations; small businesses; and others to promote wilderness and other land protection efforts.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with local elected officials, congressional staff, agency staff, and opinion leaders.
Learn and utilize the Voter Activation Network (VAN) voter database to track organizing work, including developing and monitoring reports on volunteer recruitment and leadership development.
Organize and lead hikes, service projects and other outings into the Gila.
Help develop outreach and educational materials for the press, public, community leaders and decision makers.
Work closely with coalition partners in strategic planning and implementation, and when necessary, organize and facilitate strategy meetings for coalitions.
Work with local media outlets to generate attention and garner public support for land conservation efforts in the Gila.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate has significant experience in advocacy, grassroots campaigns and organizing in Latino communities. In addition, the Organizer must have outstanding communication skills, the ability to work well with diverse interests in a coalition setting, a proven record of leadership, and a love of wild places. A substantial amount of travel, primarily within Grant and Catron counties, is required.
Experience, Competencies, and Education
Minimum 1-3 years of relevant professional experience in grassroots advocacy, civic engagement campaigning or organizing in the Latino community.
Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to achieve conservation or advocacy goals.
Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing and speaking.
Demonstrated ability to work constructively with diverse constituencies and effectively in a coalition setting.
Experience working successfully with the media to place stories, Op-Eds, and letters to the editor is preferred but not required.
Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred but not required.
Must be enthusiastically committed to amplifying the voice and leadership of the Latino community in Grant County.
An enthusiastic, highly motivated, self-starter with demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
Knowledge of public lands issues, federal land management and/or wilderness preferred, but not required.
Passion for and a commitment to a broad conservation agenda.
Campaign oriented, nimble, innovative, adaptive and transparent.
Ability and willingness to travel and perform occasional evening or weekend work.
The contractor must provide his or her own computer.
The contractor must provide his or her own office space or work from a home office in Grant County. Must have reliable, high speed internet access.
The employee must provide his or her own vehicle for work-related travel. Ideally, vehicle should be capable of traveling on rough dirt roads in the Gila. Modest travel stipend provided.
The contractor must provide his or her own cell phone for work purposes.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Bilingual in English & Spanish strongly preferred.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
HOW TO APPLY
To apply please submit your resume to Michael_casaus@tws.org