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.

FIELD ORGANIZER

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

For forty-six 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION: This Northern Plains organizer will work out of our office in Helena. Each of our organizers works with Northern Plains as a whole and also with our locally-based affiliate groups, mostly in small, rural communities, and also 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.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:
* Plan and implement strategy on issue campaigns
* Coordinate issue campaigns
* Assist in our legislative lobbying and organizing
* 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, fundraising, and routine office tasks

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: $32,000-$35,000, depending on experience; health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks vacation; pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The hiring date will range from late January 2017 to March 2017. If you are interested in this position, however, we encourage you to apply now.

TO APPLY, send
– cover letter (tell us why you want the job),
– resume,
– short writing sample,
– contact information for 3 professional references to:

Olivia Stockman-Splinter
Northern Plains Resource Council

If your materials are in an easy-to-open format, you can email to: olivia@northernplains.org

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

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