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Apr 6, 2022

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Earthworks’ Energy Field Team Manager will join our growing Energy Team to support a highly engaged, passionate, and skilled group of change-makers focused on stopping oil and gas industry pollution and climate change while supporting sustainable solutions. Members of the Field Team currently travel widely in order to capture evidence of oil and gas pollution and hold the industry accountable for disrupting the climate and emitting pollution that harms human and environmental health. Team members build and hold relationships with community members and organizational partners in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Pennsylvania, as well as with Indigenous communities particularly in the Four Corners region. The Field Team supports requests from other regions as needed in the US and internationally.


Earthworks is seeking a collaborative, creative, engaged leader committed to environmental and climate justice for this role. The ideal applicant will prioritize listening deeply to team and community concerns and experiences and will have leadership, management, and advocacy expertise. Also crucial is the ability to collaborate, facilitate, and build rapport across lines of difference, along with a demonstrated commitment to equity, anti-oppression, and anti-racism. We seek a leader who will journey with the field team through their crucially important work while acting as an advocate for community and field team needs both within and outside our organization. Responsibilities include:


Leadership and Management

  • Manage a team of 5-7 staff members, including those who conduct field work supporting communities on the frontlines of oil and gas production through Optical Gas Imaging (OGI)
  • Support team work-life balance, morale, and staff retention through deep listening, supportive leadership, and building and maintaining trust.
  • Collaborate with staff and grassroots and organizational partners to expose and stop the harms of oil and gas extraction on communities and the climate
  • Sustain Earthworks’ commitment to collaborative decision-making processes, the principles of environmental justice, and the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.


  • Support the development of the team’s priorities and plans, ensuring these plans align with Earthworks’ mission and vision
  • Ensure that Field Team priorities are developed in close collaboration with other Earthworks teams and organizational partners
  • Work to ensure community voices are heard in state and federal policy debates
  • Support Earthworks’ state and federal policy and regulatory goals with evidence from OGI and community voices/stories
  • Collaborate with partner organization efforts to ensure OGI is useful in holding corporations accountable for oil and gas pollution
  • Support the Video, Data, and Operations Associate and Field Assistant and Information Systems Director in creating and maintaining efficient systems for collecting and using field data
  • Along with the team, oversee inventory of field team equipment and facilitate decisions about prioritization of OGI trips, OGI Camera distribution and other Field equipment purchases and maintenance


  • Assist field team with the creation of materials and updates for use in communications including earned media, blogs, social media toolkits, and videos
  • Ensure that field team OGI videos, data, and communications products are effective, authentic, accessible, and engaging for the audience, and used to create change
  • Work with communications team and field staff to center equity and justice in all communications
  • Support Energy Field Team spokespeople, support the development of team talking points, key messages and visuals for various audiences, and act as spokesperson as needed


  • Manage field team budgets and grants in collaboration with Energy Program Director
  • Support team members in their accountability to funding deadlines, requirements, and grant deliverables
  • Support the philanthropy team in gathering the information needed to develop proposals, reports, periodic updates, and impact stories to share with donors. Assist in drafting and reviewing materials as needed
  • Collaborate with field and philanthropy teams in securing equitable funding to support under-resourced frontline and grassroots partners’ participation in joint campaigns

We seek staff who

  • Have at least 3 years of team management experience
  • Succeed and thrive in environments with competing and changing priorities
  • Have campaign, organizing, or management experience in some or all of the following areas: climate change and climate justice, environmental justice, human rights, energy policy, corporate social responsibility;
  • Have track records of building solid, collaborative working relationships across differences
  • Enjoy and are committed to collaboration on cross-team projects and goals
  • Are committed to embedding equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as in relationships with partners and especially with frontline community members
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity
  • Are active learners who independently seek new tools and learn work processes quickly
  • Understand grassroots organizing, movement-building, and tactical escalation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience with social media, traditional media, blogs, public speaking, and meeting facilitation are a plus

The Field Team Manager will report to Earthworks’ Energy Program Director and will join our energy team which includes policy experts, communications staff, development staff, and a fossil fuels and petrochemical infrastructure team.


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Benefits and Salary

This is a full time, permanent position. The salary for this position is competitive for the small to medium non-profits, ranging from $85,000-$92,000 USD depending on experience. Benefits include full health, vision 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. After 7 years of employment, staff are eligible for a 3-month fully-paid sabbatical.


Location, Travel & COVID-19

This remote position must be based within the United States of America and will require occasional domestic travel (with potential for optional international travel) as public health conditions permit. Earthworks’ COVID-19 policies prioritize the health and safety of our employees and the need to minimize the public health threat from COVID-19.


Earthworks requires all those hired to provide proof of full vaccination (vaccination and booster) against COVID-19. New hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may request an accommodation by contacting Lezlie Griffin, Director of Talent and Equity, at Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.


About Earthworks

Earthworks is a dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 40 people across 17 states and DC. Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of fracking and mining. We reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capital to state houses and legislatures.


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.


Woman-led and multigenerational, we encourage initiative and leadership at all levels. 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 on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, alienage or national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, arrest record, prior military service or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


How To Apply

Apply online at Please include a cover letter, resume, and 2 short writing samples with your online application.

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