Careers and Internships

Northern Plains Resource Council


“This thriving citizens organization exemplifies the ideal of public involvement in public processes.”
– Billings Gazette

For 44 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has helped Montana citizens organize to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life.

LOCATION: Billings, Montana


Join our team of organizers to make the world a better place!  Work with our locally-based affiliate groups, (mostly in small, rural communities), and with our issue task forces. Overnight travel averages perhaps 2-3 times a month. We are especially interested in someone who has experience in grassroots organizing. As a Northern Plains Organizer, you won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level. Check out our website for more information on the organization: .

This is a two-year project with the high likelihood of becoming a permanent, salaried position.


  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research and manage contract researchers or professional services;
  • Conduct outreach events in several small towns in southeast Montana;
  • Meet with and cultivate relationships with stakeholders in rural areas (including workers, organized labor, tribal folks, ranchers, economic developers, etc.);
  • Work with everyday people to help them become leaders;
  • Learn about rural economic development;
  • Help produce earned media coverage on important issues.


Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values, ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds, strong speaking and writing skills, ability to travel and be away overnight, willingness to work long hours when needed. Also helpful: experience working for social change or on environmental issues, experience at face-to-face grassroots organizing, experience in a political campaign, general familiarity with the workings of legislative bodies and agencies, familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, experience with the media and fundraising. This is very much a “people” job.


Salary commensurate with experience; health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks’ vacation; pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment, and the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.


This position is open until filled, but we encourage applications as soon as possible.

Email the following to :

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Or mail to:

Steve Paulson
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101

Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email

Northern Plains Resource Council


Northern Plains Resource Council seeks to hire a team of energetic, people-oriented canvassers through the end of September, 2017 for an exciting new project. The primary focus of the canvass is to engage our local community on the importance of climate action. You won’t be tied to a desk; you will be making change happen at the local level.

Northern Plains, a non-profit 501 (c)3 grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.

Our mission is to protect Montana’s greatest assets: the quality of our natural resources, the character and viability of family-based agriculture, and the ability of citizens to shape the public policies that affect our land, our water, and our lives so that we may pass them on, unimpaired, to future generations.

This position would be based in Billings, Montana.


  • Engaging voters in Yellowstone County about Climate Change by primarily door-to-door and face-to-face contact;
  • Delivering the issue campaign message to voters;
  • Helping advance climate advocacy in Yellowstone County;
  • Taking accurate data.


  • Ability to work afternoons, evenings and weekends;
  • Self-motivated and a team player;
  • Prior canvassing experience;
  • Friendly and professional demeanor.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $13-$15 an hour. The position will run through Sept. 30, 2017. FULL and PART-TIME positions available.


Email to Marc Sanson (

  • A letter of interest explaining how your skills and experience match the position description;
  • A resume;
  • Three references.

Send to Please use the subject line “Northern Plains Canvasser.” The positions are open until filled, but we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. Northern Plains is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, call Marc at 406-869-1939.


220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154