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Western Amazon Director

Job Location

Oakland, CA, Washington, DC, Quito, or Lima


Type of Job



Compensation will be based on geo-location. The United States-based salary range is mid to upper $80,000s.

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Published Date

Feb 9, 2022

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Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization working to protect the rainforest, advance the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, and demand corporate accountability to address the climate crisis. Amazon Watch is an organization that works in partnership and solidarity with Indigenous communities across the Amazon as part of the international climate justice movement. Many of our allies across the rainforest are currently facing and resisting climate change-related catastrophes, the onslaught of extreme government regimes, and the expansion of fossil fuels, mining, and other extractive industries.


This role would require leading in the following areas:

  • Oversee Amazon Watch’s campaigning and advocacy efforts in the Western Amazon
  • Supervise the members of the Ecuador and Peru field teams and provide strategic direction to their work
  • Devise, implement, monitor, and evaluate annual work plans
  • Work in close coordination with the Program Director and other members of Program Team leadership to achieve the objectives, strategies, and activities detailed in organizational work plans
  • Coordinate advocacy and campaigning targeting regional governments, private sector actors, diplomatic missions, and other international actors
  • Help coordinate regional solar and communication system installations in remote communities
  • Support regranting processes in support of Amazon Watch partners and allies
  • Cultivate relationships with key media outlets in coordination with Communications Manager, and serve as a spokesperson as necessary
  • Write and support the drafting of media materials such as press releases and blogs
  • Review and edit translations of original content produced by the W. Amazon teams
  • Work with Comms Team and Digital Organizer specifically on actions and engagement strategy to advance W. Amazon Program goals.

Required qualifications:

  • Proven experience successfully managing teams of five or more people
  • A proven understanding of campaigning and advocacy strategies on both national and international levels
  • A demonstrable understanding of the social, political, and environmental realities of Ecuador and Peru as well as the Western Amazonian region in general
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and strong knowledge of Indigenous rights in the W. Amazonian context
  • Experience working on issues surrounding the extractive industry (oil and mining) and the complexities of Amazonian land tenure
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Native speaker and/or high level fluency in Spanish and English

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience working in Northern-based international advocacy organizations
  • Experience working on financial and commodity markets campaigns
  • Understanding of the threats to Environmental and Human Rights Defenders, biodiversity, and global climate stability
  • Expertise in communications
  • Fluency in Portuguese and/or French

Salary Range:

Compensation will be based on geo-location. The United States-based salary range is mid to upper $80,000s.



Full benefits include: family health care (including vision and dental), vacation, sabbatical, and employer-matched retirement plan.


How to apply:

Please, no calls.

Email a cover letter, resume and three references, expressing why you would like to join our team and why you are the best candidate for the job to


Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. We strive to build an organization that is inclusive and representative of our partners and the larger world. To that end, we strongly encourage self-identified people of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous, queer and transgender people to apply.

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