PUERTO RICO COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful grassroots network. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved many important victories by persuading local, state, commonwealth, and federal decision makers to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of community-based action to advance coastal and ocean stewardship.
The Surfrider Foundation seeks to hire an individual to advance conservation of Puerto Rico’s coastal resources. The organizer will conduct community outreach to engage diverse stakeholders in ocean and coastal conservation issues and opportunities. Project goals include outreach, local capacity building, and evaluating opportunities for marine protection designations. The position will work in a coordinated effort with Surfrider’s Environmental Director, the Surfrider Rincón Chapter and a project Advisory Committee composed of local partners.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conduct community outreach and education activities to enhance understanding and support for ocean and coastal conservation.
- Identify and meet with local groups including fishing collectives, community groups, environmental organizations and economic development bodies to assess common goals.
- Build an email list of marine conservation supporters and champions to further local, island-wide and federal conservation efforts.
- Engage volunteers in stewardship activities including beach clean-ups, water quality testing and restoration projects.
- Organize coalition meetings with key groups and local decision-makers to discuss interests in ocean and coastal conservation.
- Identify and cultivate local leaders to help advance ocean protections through community-based campaigns.
- Collect community input and feedback on current agency management of ocean and coastal resources.
- Conduct outreach to government officials to enhance communication between local, commonwealth, and federal government.
- Consult with academic partners, agency staff, tourism and fishing representatives to assess ecological and social factors.
- Organize meetings of the Surfrider Project Team (monthly) and Advisory Group (quarterly).
- Draft a report summarizing ocean protection opportunities and next steps based on project findings.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- Strong interpersonal skills to maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders and community and government leaders
- Spanish fluency and English proficiency
- Minimum 4 year degree and 3 years of experience working in environmental policy, law and/or advocacy.
- Knowledge of ocean and coastal legal and regulatory protections
- Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
- Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff, elected officials, stakeholders and the public.
- Must reside within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; candidate works primarily from in-home office.
- Willingness to work flexible hours (including weekends and evenings).
- Willingness and ability to travel throughout Puerto Rico.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
This is a full-time position with a minimum 2-year duration. The Puerto Rico Community Organizer will be compensated with a competitive salary commensurate with candidate’s experience level, starting at $45,000. The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations.
Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage monthly premiums compensated 100% by Surfrider Foundation, Long-Term Disability insurance, Employee Assistance program (EAP), Section 125 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 401(k) plan with partial employer matching. Surfrider also provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time.
Please send your cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to:
The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depends on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.
The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class.
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