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California Mining Organizer

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Aug 19, 2021

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Earthworks is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with 32 employees across 14 states. We work to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. We support frontline communities, reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We seek to ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capital to state houses and legislatures.

Earthworks is looking to hire a California-based organizer to support frontline communities at risk from existing and proposed mining in California and Nevada and promote stronger environmental policies to protect public lands, community health and ecosystems. This position reports to the Mining Program Director and will work from a remote office based in California. This position will require some travel when travel and in-person meetings can safely resume.

We are looking for candidates with experience in working directly with frontline communities affected by extraction; strong research, writing, and spoken communications skills; and ability to interpret technical and legal information related to mining. The position requires interaction with a wide range of individuals and organizations, and effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills are essential to the job. Given the historical legacy of mining and ongoing environmental injustices incurred by Indigenous, Black, Latinx and other communities of color, candidates must bring a demonstrated commitment to addressing environmental injustices and improving outcomes for communities disproportionately harmed by extraction. Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred to support work with frontline communities where Spanish is the primary language.


  • Build and maintain relationships with frontline communities and grassroots organizations in mining-affected regions of California and Nevada
  • Track mining projects in the states, with a focus on those that pose the greatest risk to fragile ecosystems, water and communities
  • Develop working knowledge of mining technical and legal issues related to environmental health, contamination and Indigenous rights
  • Provide support to community allies and grassroots campaigns through research, technical assistance, campaign strategy development, social media campaigns, press outreach, network building, and organizing discussions and meetings
  • Build and maintain working relationships with other external allies including local, state and national organizations, labor unions, technical experts, and media
  • Coordinate with our Making Clean Energy Clean, Just & Equitable team to implement market-based strategies to support California and Nevada communities, and protect water and ecosystems at risk from lithium extraction
  • Work with our policy team to ensure that frontline community voices are represented in key federal legislative and regulatory policy making, and engage the California and Nevada Congressional delegation in efforts to reform federal mining policy and promote a sustainable minerals economy
  • Stay updated on trends, research and mining proposals in the region
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of research reports, campaign and donor updates, media materials and social media content
  • Maintain up-to-date and organized program files
  • Share organizational responsibilities to maintain a healthy and equitable workplace
  • Check-in weekly with the Mining Program Director and program teams


  • 5+ years of experience in community organizing and support or environmental advocacy
  • Knowledge and experience working on mining and extractive industry issues
  • Commitment to advocating for and engaging with frontline communities using Jemez Principles
  • Effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with technical environmental information
  • Experience with managing coalitions and engaging with diverse stakeholders
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Decision-making skills and ability to manage time and priorities effectively
  • A flexible and positive attitude, and willingness to be a team player
  • Commitment to environmental, human rights, and social justice issues
  • Spanish language skills strongly preferred

The salary for this position is competitive for small to medium non-profits, ranging from $55K-75K depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include full health and dental coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus a partially employer funded HSA), paid vacation, and a retirement plan with an employer match, after one year. Additionally, after 7 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month, fully paid sabbatical.

Apply online, include a cover letter, resume, two short writing samples, and links to blogs, Op-Eds, social media handles, websites, or any other online presence that highlights your experience. No phone calls please.

Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks’ Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond Earthworks is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We understand that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning and improvement.

Earthworks welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. Earthworks evaluates employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and does not tolerate discrimination.

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