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:

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 monthly meetings of our communications team plus weekly communications check-in 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; ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds; strong writing and editing skills; willingness to work long hours when needed. Also essential: experience at working with news outlets and reporters; graphic design and digital communication; and experience working with websites. Also helpful: experience working for social change or on environmental issues; 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; 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.

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

LOCATION: Billings, Montana

JOB DESCRIPTION:

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

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Design & layout of posters, postcards, brochures, newsletter, etc.
  • Organizational email lead (finalize content and layout, & send out mass emails to varied lists)
  • Manage the northernplains.org website, including general updates to donations pages, event listings, front page changes, layout, and creation of any new pages as needed,
  • Pull lists/reports for mailings and emails
  • Backup and assistance on database entry
  • Organize and tag photos
  • Special projects as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values, ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds, strong writing skills, experience with social media, writing, editing, graphic design (Adobe Suite), website creation and maintenance (WordPress) and electronic communication essential.  Also helpful: experience working for social change or on environmental issues, a political campaign, familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, and experience with fundraising.

WAGE AND BENEFITS:

This part-time position is 20 hours per week, with some flexibility as to work hours. Pay is $13-$17 per hour (depending on experience), plus paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. Eligible for employer pension contributions after two years on the job.

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to paula@northernplains.org :

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

Or mail to:

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

Call 406.248.1154 with any questions, or email paula@northernplains.org.


EXPERIENCED ORGANIZER

LOCATION: Billings, Montana

JOB DESCRIPTION:

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.

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

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • 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.

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 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 AND BENEFITS:

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.

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.

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