Careers and Internships

Northern Plains Resource Council

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

Join our team of energized and exceptional staff who work side by side to bring about social justice and environmental protection.  We have recently reorganized our ever-growing communications team and have two exciting new positions!  We have also expanded our organizing team with a new full-time organizing position.  Check us out!

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

LOCATION: Billings, Montana

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Join our team of organizers and program staff as the Communications Director to make the world a better place!  Take part in our work to promote water quality, renewable energy, local food and economic systems, and healthy soil. Work with members from all over the state to make change happen at the grassroots level.

The Communications Director is responsible for promoting public education and recognition of our issues, as well as upholding our reputation as a knowledgeable and credible organization.

Occasional overnight travel (ca. 5-10 times /year) is required.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Ensure that our work is well-covered in print and broadcast news
  • Write press releases and other outreach materials
  • Prep member spokespersons
  • Advance our work on newspaper editorial pages
  • Uphold the quality of all our outreach tools (factsheets, PowerPoints, videos, etc.)
  • Manage our digital / social media outreach (including website, email campaigns, etc.)
  • Direct production of our newsletter and email newsletter
  • Lead weekly and monthly communications meetings
  • Make sure that our organizational brand is integrated into our messages
  • Perform other tasks that advance the work of the organization (grassroots fundraising, maintaining media contact list, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values
  • Demonstrated commitment to working for social change/environmental protection
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Graphic design and digital communication
  • Experience with video
  • Willingness to work long hours when needed
  • Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience at building relationships with reporters and news outlets.

Also Helpful:

  • Political campaign experience
  • Familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues.

This is can be a fast-paced job where you will have strong influence regarding when, where, and how we convey our message to the public.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with experience (starting range $32,000-$40,000); health insurance (20% employee contribution); 4 weeks’ vacation; sick leave, holidays, pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment, and the opportunity to work for some of the best country and best people in America.

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to steve@northernplains.org :

  • 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 steve@northernplains.org.

POLITICAL ORGANIZER/POLITICAL ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

LOCATION: Helena, Montana, with orientation in Billings, Montana.

The title “Political Organizer” or “Political Organizing Director” is based on candidate’s prior applicable experience.

For 45 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has been committed to organizing Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farming and ranching, and our unique quality of life. Northern Plains is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Political Organizer (or Political Organizing Director) will work with Northern Plains as a whole, our issue task forces, and also with our locally based affiliate groups (most of which are in small, rural communities). Overnight travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position, probably a couple of times a month. You won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.

After an orientation in Billings, this position will relocate to Helena, the Montana state capital. This is a permanent, salaried, and exempt position.

This position is a mix of community organizing around issues and lobbying.

This position is responsible for helping to get our organization ready for the biennial Montana legislative session. He/she will work with Northern Plains’ Director of Organizing, member committees, and Board of Directors to implement our legislative agenda. This will involve drafting legislation, meeting with allies, meeting with targeted legislators, helping to develop a media plan, and coordinating member lobbying and actions.

As the lead lobbyist for Northern Plains, you will be lobbying during the legislative sessions, interim legislative committees, and state agencies. Additionally, the position represents us in coalitions, and has issue and community organizing assignments.
Northern Plains Resource Council has a strict grassroots methodology. Decisions are made democratically by our membership. You will be supervised by the Director of Organizing and Campaigns and will be directed by our member-leaders.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Help staff our member groups (affiliates) and issue task forces;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising;
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with members, potential members, allies, and decision-makers;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Work with member-leaders to develop their skills and accomplish democratically determined goals;
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, fundraising, and routine office tasks;
  • Work with member committees on our legislative agenda, bill preparation, lobby strategy;
  • Lobby the Montana Legislature;
  • Maintain contacts within state agencies relevant to our work;
  • Plan and implement strategy on issues;
  • Conduct research;
  • Write newsletter and website updates;
  • Write weekly updates for members during legislative session;
  • Work on ballot initiative campaigns, as needed;
  • Travel to Billings office for board of directors and other meetings;
  • Probability of supervising 1-2 staff or interns

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to our issues and values – including a grassroots methodology,
  • 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.
  • Experience with state legislative politics, procedure, and policy is preferred.
  • Experience with political campaigns and/or lobbying preferred.Also helpful:
  • Experience (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues,
  • Familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, experience with the media and fundraising.This is very much a “people” job.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Political Organizer salary: $30,000-$36,000 depending on experience;
Political Organizing Director salary: $36,000-$43,000 depending on experience;

Health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks’ vacation; sick leave, holidays, pension program; use of staff vehicle and gas reimbursement for job-related travel; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment; and the satisfaction of making Montana and the world a better place.

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to Olivia Stockman-Splinter, Director of Organizing and Campaigns: olivia@northernplains.org:

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references;
  • Date of availability.Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org.

FIELD ORGANIZER

LOCATION: Billings, Montana.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Each of our organizers works with Northern Plains as a whole, 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. 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.

This is a permanent, salaried position.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts;
  • Train members in organizational skills;
  • Organize meetings and events;
  • Communicate clearly, orally and in writing;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, and routine office tasks;
  • Help produce earned media in the form of letters to the editor and press coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues
  • 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 AND BENEFITS: $31,000-$34,000, depending on experience; health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks paid vacation; 8 paid holidays and sick time; flex time; pension program; opportunity for advancement; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.

Located within easy reach of rivers, mountains, hiking, fishing, and camping.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Accepting applications on a rolling basis, open until filled

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to Olivia Stockman-Splinter,  olivia@northernplains.org:

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

Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org

GRASSROOTS OUTREACH COORDINATOR

LOCATION: Billings, Montana

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Join our team of organizers and program staff as the Grassroots Outreach Coordinator to make the world a better place! Take part in our work to promote water quality, renewable energy, local food and economic systems, and healthy soil. Make change happen at the grassroots level.

The primary focus of Grassroots Outreach Coordinator’s job is to increase Northern Plains’ visibility, positive image, and base of support. This includes organizing outreach activities and events, managing donor data, and working closely with our major donor program. The position combines organizational marketing, fundraising and communications.

Occasional overnight travel (ca. 5-10 times /year) is required.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Building our base through the use of events, digital marketing, and communications.
  • Ensuring that our outreach and fundraising events are well planned and executed. This includes attending many special events.
  • Making sure that our fundraising materials employ solid fundraising science. This includes brochures, pamphlets, posters, direct mail solicitations and more.
  • Acquiring and using a full understanding of our database.
  • Playing a major role in major donor fundraising, including keeping good donor records and taking part in our grassroots donor campaign.
  • Making daily updates of donation records in our database and ensuring that gifts are acknowledged promptly.
  • Taking part in relevant staff teams (communications, base-building, membership and fundraising).
  • Overseeing our annual meeting – working with members, staff, donors, and vendors to pull off a successful event.

QUALIFICATIONS:

These qualifications are preferred, but not required. We are willing to train the right candidate who shows a passion for Northern Plains’ work.

  • Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values
  • Demonstrated commitment to working for social change / environmental protection
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Good “people” skills
  • No fears of fundraising
  • Comfortable with digital communication
  • Able to handle detailed data entry with accuracy
  • Database experience a plus
  • Able to work in a job that has many moving parts.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Entry level salary starts at $32,000 and we are willing to train. Experienced applicants are also encouraged to apply and salary is commensurate with proficiency and skill. Benefits include health insurance, 4 weeks’ paid vacation; sick leave, holidays, pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment, and the opportunity to work for some of the best country and best people in America.

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to caleb@northernplains.org:

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

Or mail to:

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

Call (406) 248-1154 with any questions, or email caleb@northernplains.org.

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
info@northernplains.org