Careers and Internships

Northern Plains Resource Council
Western Native Voice

Canvass Director

Do you love working with people? Do you want your work to make a difference in Montana? Northern Plains Resource Council and Western Native Voice seek to hire a joint Canvass Director through the 2016 election cycle. This person would be responsible for managing a team of canvassers to be deployed to register, contact, persuade, and turn out voters for progressive issues and candidates in the election for all three organizations. These are not fundraising canvasses.

About the organizations:

  • Northern Plains is 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. The Northern Plains canvass program is focused on oil-by-rail and climate change.
  • Western Native Voice is a non-profit 501 c(3) Native American community organizing nonprofit that works to strengthen Native American communities. Focusing on voter registration of Native Americans both on reservation and off, as well as Election Day mobilization, Western Native Voice noticeably improves civic engagement of Montana’s Native Americans.

A robust field program is central to meeting these missions. As the lead of a canvass team, you won’t be tied to a desk. You will be making change happen at the local level by designing and executing a winning field operation.

This position would be based in Billings, Montana.

The Canvass Director is responsible for:

  • Working with the Northern Plains and Western Native Voice staff teams to develop and execute a winning field strategy to knock at least 50,000 doors in the 2016 cycle in Montana to win on progressive issues and electoral campaigns.
  • Overseeing voter registration effort to register 10,000 new voters in Montana.
  • Hiring, supervision, and management of the day-to-day operations of a field canvass including volunteer and paid canvass trainings, list and data management, and accountability for canvassers in the field.
  • Coordinating phone banks to supplement the door canvass, when strategic.
  • Providing weekly data analytics for the operation.
  • Coordinating with other large scale canvass operations within the area, where legally appropriate.
  • Coordinating statewide travel schedules and logistics for the canvass team.
  • Field-testing scripts and other message development.

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous campaign and canvass experience
  • Experience working with Native American communities
  • Experience with voter file databases (the VAN)
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Flexibility in traveling around the state for the canvass program, including holding a valid driver’s license
  • Self-motivated and a team player
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the three organizations.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, near the $36,000-$40,000/year range.
Health stipend negotiable.
The position will run through November 15, 2016.

To apply:


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

to,, and . The position is open until filled, but we encourage applications to be submitted ASAP. Northern Plains, Western Native Voice, and Montana Rural Voters are equal opportunity employers.

For questions, contact

Northern Plains Resource Council

Field Organizer

“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 or Helena, Montana.


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. Check out our website for more information on the .

This is a permanent, salaried position.


  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts;
  • Train members in organizational skills;
  • 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.


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.


$29,000- $33,000, depending on experience; health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks vacation; pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.


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:

Olivia Stockman Splinter
Director of Organizing and Campaigns
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101

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

Internship opportunity
with Northern Plains Resource Council
Billings, Montana

Soil and Compost Research Intern

The Northern Plains Resource Council organizes Montana’s citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life. Learn more at


  • Identify successful city-wide composting programs in other U.S. cities, similar to Billings, and what factors may be replicable in Billings;
  • Determine whether the City of Billings’ yard waste program can be converted to a self-sustaining compost system using compost heat recovery technology;
  • Identify management options for a compost heat recovery system that utilizes the City of Billings’ yard waste program;
  • Other tasks as assigned; including tracking entrepreneurship and small business financing opportunities, and potentially a Northern Plains history project.


  • Prefer an academic background in business, finance, or economics, and a basic understanding of science;
  • Good research and organization skills, and excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to do complete an accurate feasibility study and/or small business plan;
  • Ability to ask good questions, talk to a variety of people, and work independently;
  • Passionate about Northern Plains’ mission.


  • Organized report on the feasibility of a city-wide compost heat recovery system that then sells compost to Montana agricultural producers;
  • Presentation of report’s findings to Northern Plains staff, City of Billings staff and members;
  • A business plan for a self-sustaining compost system in Billings;
  • Organized spreadsheet of all entrepreneurship support and small business financing opportunities, including grants;
  • available for small-scale, sustainable economic development in Billings.

Location: Billings, Montana.

Travel: Reimbursement of on-the-job travel.

Hours:  Flexible; 20-30 hours/week, Monday – Friday for a minimum of 5 weeks.

College credit: We are willing to work with your college. Check to see if college credit would be available.

To apply: Contact Maggie Zaback

Submit a letter of qualifications and 3 references at your earliest convenience. Position open until filled.



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