Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club California Chapter

City: Sacramento
State: CA
Job Code: 312-17CHP
# of Openings: 1


Job Title: Chapter Conservation Organizer

Department: Sierra Club California

Reports To: Director, Sierra Club California  

Context: Builds public support to accomplish conservation campaign or program goals of increasing the number of volunteer supporters that turnout for events and/or take other action to influence campaign outcomes.  Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, and develops relationships with community leaders, other organizations and officials that can influence change.

Scope: The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club California’s targeted campaign or program goals at state agencies. Three key issue areas will be the focus, with occasional involvement in other areas. The three key areas are: improved water policy in California, improved energy policies, and successful education and implementation of policies related to reducing climate pollution in the supply chain.

Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations as necessary to implement campaign plans.

Job Activities:

  1. Works with the director to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for a organizing and engaging volunteers and community allies in specific campaigns.
  2. Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaign or program.  Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  3. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level. 
  4. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to develop networks to support Sierra Club California goals.
  5. Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values. 
  6. Works with appropriate local chapter staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support with agency decision makers and in the media.
  7. Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign or program outcomes.
  8. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks.  Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  9. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club local and state chapter leaders, the public and others about the campaign or program and priority issues. 
  10. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards mission and goals.
  11. Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.
  12. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • 1 year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
  • Basic knowledge of current environmental issues affecting California. .
  • Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.  Demonstrated skill in writing and producing newsletters.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in action-oriented office.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
  • Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
  • Proficient computer skills including social networking sites, word processing, and database software.


The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 6 non-exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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