Careers and Internships

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.

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. Check out our website for more information on the organization:www.northernplains.org .

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;
  • 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:

$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.

TO APPLY:

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

Email the following to olivia@northernplains.org :

  • 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 olivia@northernplains.org.


Internship opportunities
with Northern Plains Resource Council
Billings, Montana

Oil and Gas Research Intern

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

For 43 years, Northern Plains Resource Council has organized Montana’s citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life. Learn more at www.northernplains.org.

Objectives:

  • Research, starting with a literature review: what is oil and gas used for and how much goes to each (electric, heat, transport, plastics, manufacturing, computers, cosmetics, clothes, etc);
  • Research alternatives to oil and gas in those various sectors;
  • Develop the case against oil and gas including quantifying the externalized costs of oil and gas development;
  • Research and assistance with other oil and gas work as directed.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to ask good questions, talk to a variety of people, and work independently;
  • Good research and organization skills, and excellent writing skills;
  • Passionate about Northern Plains’ mission.

Products:

  • Well organized binder of research conducted,
  • Educational materials including power point and factsheet.

Location: Billings, Montana

Travel: Reimbursement for 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 Hannah Hostetter, hannah@northernplains.org 406-248-1154.  Submit a letter of qualifications and 3 references at your earliest convenience. Position open until filled.


Internship – History, Environmental History, Montana History

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 www.northernplains.org.

Objectives:

  • To save and organize Northern Plains historical materials.
  • To record oral history.

Qualifications:

  • Academic background or serious interest in history or environmental studies.
  • Ability to handle materials carefully and organize them accurately.
  • Ability to ask good questions, talk to a variety of people, and work independently.
  • Good research and organization skills.

Products:

  • Clippings files from Northern Plains’ early years that are preserved as good photocopies and filed chronologically.
  • Selected historical clippings that are scanned and filed digitally.
  • Recorded oral history interviews
  • Recommendations for next steps we should take in preserving our organizational history.

Work required:

  1. To be negotiated, will depend on availability of academic credit, etc.
  2. Most immediate task is going through files of old clippings to:
  • Make determinations, with staff oversight, on which should be saved;
  • Make good photocopies of clippings being saved;
  • Make digital scans of certain clippings for electronic filing.
  1. Make recommendations at the conclusion of the internship for next steps we should take.
  2. Would prefer regular schedule.
  3. Oral history interviews would involve travel to meet with out-of-town members. Equipment must be mastered before undertaking this work. Each interview must be transcribed.

Opportunities for Professional / Academic Development:

  1. Hands-on experience at saving and filing historical materials + oral history interviews.
  2. Access to hard-to-find historical information about:
  • The advent of large-scale coal mining and other energy and natural resource issues in Montana in the 1970s and 80s;
  • The origins and development of an important Montana conservation organization.
  1. Opportunity to make copies of materials for scholarly use.
  2. Experience work within a nonprofit organization.

Location: Billings, Montana

Travel: Reimbursement of on-the-job travel

Hours:  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 Steve Paulson
steve@northernplains.org
(406)248-1154

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

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