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Campaign Organizer – Mon National Forest Project

Published July 27, 2022

Reports to: Public Lands Campaign Coordinator   

 West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers) is seeking one or more part-time independent contractors to serve as local campaign organizers to identify and build local support from businesses and community leaders for a campaign to protect the headwater streams located in the Monongahela National Forest (MNF).

WV Rivers was founded by outdoor enthusiasts who care deeply about the Mountain State’s renowned free-flowing waters, scenic beauty, and recreational opportunities. Our mission is to conserve and restore West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams. We believe that clean water is the foundation of life, and that all people should respect and be able to enjoy clean West Virginia rivers and streams. 

 The part-time contractor positions will be expected to meet deliverables with approximately 10-20 hours of work per week for a period of 3 to 6 months, with opportunity for extension. The contractor(s) activities will be focused on the ten counties in the MNF: Barbour, Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Webster Counties, West Virginia – with emphasis on Mon Forest gateway towns. The contractor will set their own schedule. Work will be performed remotely. Travel required. West Virginia residency is required. Residency and/or familiarity with communities surrounding the MNF is a plus. 

 Responsibilities 

  • Build relationships with, and support from, local businesses (especially recreational-based businesses) and community leaders in the MNF area for the general goals of WV Rivers and to advance a pro-active campaign to protect the headwaters and other aspects of the MNF. 
  • Support and assist in organizing local events hosted by WV Rivers and partners.
  • Report all contacts (name, address, email address, phone, website) and those businesses/community leaders who have indicated support for protection of the MNF to the Public Lands Campaign Coordinator. 
  • Maintain records of time spent/task performed, and submit written time records and expense reimbursements monthly.  

 Qualifications  

  • As the contract position involves outreach to and meeting with local businesses and community leaders, the contractor must be comfortable with people, talking about projects, and soliciting support. Good “people skills” and interpersonal communication skills are required.  
  • Familiarity and comfort with local community politics, values, and expectations. 
  • While no certain length of residence is required, acceptance of the contractor by others as a member of the local community preferred.  
  • Previous coalition building, community organizing, or campaign/support building experience highly desired. 
  • Proficient in using Office Products (Word, Excel) and email.  
  • Familiarity with remote working technologies (Zoom and Microsoft Teams), and access to tools/internet to be able to work with these technologies.  
  • West Virginia residency. 
  • Valid WV driver’s license, and reliable transportation (adequately insured).  
  • A strong passion for WV Rivers’ overall mission and to supporting WV Rivers’ public lands programs. 
  • A commitment to equity and justice. 

 Compensation 

Contract hourly rate will be determined based upon experience and qualifications. As this is a part-time, temporary contracted position, benefits are not included. Reimbursement for relevant travel and out-of-pocket expenses provided in addition to hourly compensation. 

 How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to mjones@wvrivers.org, with your name and “Campaign Organizer Position” in the subject line. Position(s) is (are) open until filled. 

 About West Virginia Rivers Coalition 

WV Rivers is the statewide voice for water-based recreation and clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams – from the headwaters in the MNF and elsewhere to wherever water flows in West Virginia. We are also the West Virginia state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation and a licensed program of Waterkeeper Alliance. 

WV Rivers aspires to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. Diversity at WV Rivers translates into understanding and valuing all perspectives to fully accomplish our mission and vision for clean water for all and our other programs. Applicants must share a commitment to fostering values of diversity, inclusion, and equity in justice in all aspects of our programming and advocacy. All are welcome and encouraged to apply for this contract position. WV Rivers does not discriminate in any hiring or contracting decisions.  

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