Food & Water Watch is a national advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns challenging the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources. We were the first national organization to call for a national ban on fracking and have been a key force in the coalition effort to keep fracking out of New York. Since 2005, we have won significant victories to protect our food and water including passing a bill to ban the use of arsenic in chickens in Maryland. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and other major media outlets.
FWW is hiring two Maryland organizers on Food & Water Watch's campaigns to ban fracking in Maryland and stop factory farm expansion on the eastern shore.
- One organizer will be based in our Baltimore office and will help connect FWW’s state work on fracking and food issues to local issues like the ongoing water shutoffs in the city. Knowledge of Baltimore’s rich history and diversity is a plus as we hope to build for long-term fights to guarantee access to safe, affordable water and other local issues we’ve been working on.
- Second organizer will be working out of our national office in Washington, DC and will be tasked with helping connect residents in DC suburbs with plans to ban fracking and to reform industrial agriculture in Maryland.
The organizers will help coordinate volunteer activist leaders in their area and continuing to forge new alliances as we seek to win major campaigns in Maryland in 2017. This is a critical time for the fracking campaign as the current moratorium expires in October of 2017 and our best chance to pass a state ban will be in Spring 2017.
Both of these positions are temporary positions starting as soon as possible and going through the end of April 2017. Both organizers will be working as part of the Maryland team and may turn into full time positions depending on grants.
- Work with our base of organizations and individuals in support of our anti-fracking campaign and continue to recruit new allies.
- Implement grassroots organizing and public education campaign tactics to help educate legislators about the dangers associated with fracking and factory farms.
- Work closely with our legislative team and current Maryland organizers.
- Develop some educational materials such as flyers and action alerts. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
- Travel around Maryland to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local government officials.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.
- Travel: Must have a car and ability to travel around Maryland as required.
- Experience: At least one year experience in grassroots/field organizing and/or advocacy on public policy issues. Prior experience organizing in POC communities a plus.
- Knowledge: Organizing, advocacy and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures and legislative process; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Deep connections in Baltimore a plus.
- Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of online activism and email listservs.
- Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to legislative developments and to take advantage of breaking news; demonstrated leadership capability; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; ability to present technical concepts to a mass audience; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work. Work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. High level of independent judgment.
Competitive salary, depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
How to Apply
Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply. Click here to submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references.