National Audubon Society Field Organizer in Seattle, Washington

National Audubon Society

Type: Regular, Full-Time

Job Category: Community Relations/Outreach


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The Field Organizer will work with Audubon chapters, partners, supporters, decision-makers, and volunteers to accomplish conservation and engagement victories in Washington. S/He will be energetic, adaptable, relationship-oriented, and a results-driven team player who engages volunteers, chapter leadership, and community organizations in action and advocacy, across a full spectrum of activities, including but not limited to outreach/recruitment, advocacy/ambassador training, recruitment drives, phone banking and canvassing. The Field Organizer helps train and build the capacity of volunteers and local leaders and serves as a vital link in bringing Audubon’s ambitious conservation-focused strategic plan to life in communities from coast to coast and in making Audubon the most effective conservation network in America.

This is a "remote worker position" and will preferably be located in Tacoma, Olympia, Chehalis or Vancouver.

Essential Functions:

  • Build and deepen relationships with Audubon chapters, volunteer leaders, and other partners
  • Focus on community-level implementation of 3-4 campaigns as part of Audubon’s Climate Initiative (e.g., legislative and/or ballot initiatives related to carbon pricing, renewable energy, climate resiliency, etc)
  • Expand network of Audubon supporters, volunteers, and partners willing to take action through recruitment and partnership building to meet quarterly growth goals
  • Track local, state and regional legislative opportunities; communicate with network around opportunities; and engage network in active involvement with opportunities
  • Engage the local Audubon network in conservation, engagement, and advocacy activities – including conducting or coordinating necessary trainings – to meet quarterly participation and outcome goals in key campaigns
  • Coordinate and staff events and activities, from advocacy and volunteer days to phone banks and canvassing
  • Support and build capacity of volunteer leaders
  • Work with volunteers and partners to raise the profile of Audubon’s work and mission in the community through presentations, earned media, and other outreach activities
  • Deliver input from volunteers and partners to Field Organizing Manager and other Audubon leaders to help inform strategies
  • Work closely with Washington State Chapter Conservation Manager and national Field Organizing Manager to execute on goals

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3+ years field organizing experience (e.g., managing volunteers, staffing community events, canvassing).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals. Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies, including bipartisan coalitions and communities of color.
  • A self-starter, one who is motivated, able to work in a decentralized work environment with minimal supervision, and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
  • Previous experience with campaigns and legislative processes a plus
  • Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
  • Strong commitment to conservation and climate solutions.
  • Proficiency with digital organizing tools (including CRMs and voter files), Microsoft Office, and social media.
  • Willing and able to travel and work nonstandard hours, e.g., evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to reliably provide own local transportation.
  • Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants encouraged to apply.