The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time senior campaigner or senior advocate in New Mexico to launch and advance our state-level work to end oil and gas production.  This position is located in New Mexico.

General position overview:

The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the fossil fuel industry. We work at every level, including international, federal, state, and local campaigns. We seek a senior campaigner/advocate to develop and lead our state organizing to swiftly, justly, and completely phase out oil and gas production in New Mexico. The senior campaigner/advocate will work closely with a dynamic team of legal, science, organizing, and communications staff, as well as colleagues at allied organizations, advocating to keep oil and gas in the ground in New Mexico as science demands.

Main duties:

  • Developing and implementing state-level campaign strategies to move New Mexico toward a rapid and total phase-out of oil and gas production.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with coalition allies working together to achieve our common goals, including through regular in-person, phone, and electronic communication. We prioritize policy goals that center justice and ensure an equitable transition off fossil fuels for communities and workers.
  • Forming strategic relationships with new allies to increase our mutual power. We work closely with environmental justice organizations. We are committed to supporting movements to dismantle racism, white supremacy, and all forms of colonization and oppression.
  • Organizing and promoting participation in hearings, protests, and other advocacy efforts.
  • Coordinating excellent communication between staff throughout the organization regarding campaign activities and goals.
  • Expanding recruitment and engagement of Center supporters in New Mexico.
  • Travel required (when safe).

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • At least eight years of experience in results-oriented coalition organizing and advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds.
  • Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate challenges, including from a powerful and well-resourced opposition.
  • Proficiency in digital organizing strategy including: building digital ladders of engagement for supporters; engaging supporters using email, text, and social media; and collaborating with frontline partners on digital communications.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent analytic, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.

Preferred qualifications, skills, and qualities:

  • Existing relationships and experience working with grassroots organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. We especially encourage candidates who hold first-hand experience or meaningful, trusted relationships with communities impacted by fossil fuel production and environmental racism.
  • Proficiency in creative direct action organizing including: strategic action design, participant training and recruitment, art and props production, marshaling a crowd, and overseeing action logistics from start to finish.
  • Proficiency building out and maintaining social media engagement via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other channels.
  • Proficiency in relationship management software such as EveryAction, ActionKit, and Action Network.
  • Proficiency in graphic design and visual strategy for key documents and campaign materials (e.g., social media graphics, web graphics, ad graphics, written reports, posters/banners, stickers, t-shirts).
  • Experience with media outreach and media interviews.


Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Salary Range: The salary range is $65,000 to $85,000, depending on experience.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Informal and collegial work atmosphere.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.