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New Mexico Field Advocate

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New Mexico


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Aug 19, 2021

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Are you passionate about protecting communities from pollution? Do you want to be part of growing efforts in New Mexico to address climate change, safeguard health, and hold corporations and governments accountable? If you’re eager to engage the public and decision makers on these issues, then this position may be right for you.

Earthworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.  We are a dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 30+ people across 8 states working to 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 local levels. (For more information, see

Earthworks is seeking a full time New Mexico Field Advocate to help document and address the health and climate impacts of the oil and gas ("fracking") industry. The ideal candidate will thrive while managing multiple priorities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, advancing and empowering residents on the front lines of extraction, and maintaining solid relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders.

The NM Field Advocate will conduct fieldwork using an Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera. OGI cameras make otherwise invisible oil and gas emissions visible, and are industry-standard tools used by regulators and by the oil and gas industry. Earthworks will cover all training and travel costs associated with obtaining certification as a thermographer for the NM Field Advocate position. For more information about how our Field Advocates and Thermographers use this powerful tool to advocate for strengthened rules and greater protections, please visit our Community Empowerment Project (CEP) page:

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The NM Field Advocate will join our team of field representatives in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas, and will work closely on regional efforts with the Four Corners Indigenous Community Field Advocate. The NM Field Advocate will collaborate with policy experts, communications and development staff to advance strong federal and state regulations and policies and their enforcement to limit emissions of methane and health-harming pollutants created by the oil and gas industry. Progress in New Mexico is critical to stemming harm from the rapid expansion of oil and gas extraction in the Chaco region and in the Permian Basin.


The Field Advocate will be based in New Mexico (in a home office or co-working situation) and will travel frequently throughout New Mexico and occasionally to other states (currently according to Earthworks' COVID travel guidelines and restrictions).

Scope of duties:

  • Engage and support communities living with the impacts of nearby gas development.
  • Obtain Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) thermography certification (costs of training to be covered by Earthworks) and use Earthworks OGI cameras to identify and document pollution from gas wells and facilities.
  • Present OGI videos of otherwise invisible oil and gas pollution to diverse audiences.
  • Advocate for strengthened policies that reduce emissions from oil and gas operations and protect impacted communities.
  • Conduct field tours with legislators, regulators, local residents, and the media to showcase OGI and engage them in taking action to prevent climate and health impacts.
  • Using OGI videos and other information, help file and track complaints with state agencies and push for responsive action to reduce emissions.
  • Work with the Field Team, State and Federal Policy team, and partner organizations to identify and advance regulatory and policy priorities to reduce oil and gas pollution and impacts on communities and the environment.


  • At least 3 years of experience in grassroots and/or non-profit policy advocacy efforts.
  • Experience in engaging with frontline communities and collaborating with local elected officials and other allies.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with public speaking and facilitating meetings.
  • Strong organizational skills and/or experience with data collection and management.
  • Ability to travel frequently when safe to do so (especially within New Mexico and occasionally to surrounding states or elsewhere in the US), and to drive and work in outdoor environments in varied weather conditions and on uneven terrain.
  • Ability to work both independently and under direction as part of a project team.
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn about science and policies related to the oil and gas industry and its climate, environmental, and health impacts.
  • Ability to professionally and respectfully engage and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Position Details/How To Apply:

The annual salary for this position is competitive for small to medium non-profits, ranging from $53,000-$70,000 depending on experience. Candidates with more senior level experience (~10 years) may be considered for the higher salary range. Benefits include health and dental coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus an employer funded HSA), paid vacation, and sabbatical opportunities for long-term employees.

How to Apply:

Apply online. Please include a cover letter, resume and 2 short writing samples with your online application. No phone calls please.

Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks’ Board and staff understand that promoting anti-racism and 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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