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Looking north toward Mt. Adams from Tom McCall Preserve on the Oregon side of the Gorge. (photographer: Julie Sarnowski)

Current Job Opportunities at Friends


Conservation Organizer
Summer Legal Intern
 

Conservation Organizer

Hours: 40 hours per week
Status: Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR metro area or Columbia Gorge
Supervisor: Conservation Director
Salary: $23-$26 hourly
Start Date: April-May 2024

BACKGROUND

Friends of the Columbia Gorge was founded in 1980 and has more than 5,000 members in Oregon, Washington, and beyond dedicated to preserving, protecting, and stewarding the Columbia Gorge. With offices in Portland and Hood River, Oregon and Washougal, Washington, the organization uses an array of tools (advocacy, litigation, land acquisition, community partnerships and public education) to ensure the Columbia Gorge remains a wondrous and vibrant place. In 2005, Friends launched the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) supporting organization, to acquire spectacular landscapes within the Columbia Gorge.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is looking for a passionate, dedicated organizer who will help protect and enhance one of the true wonders of the world, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Friends is the only organization dedicated solely to the protection of the Columbia Gorge.

The conservation organizer is responsible for building, developing, and implementing grassroots and grass-top power to maintain the Columbia Gorge as an amazing place to live, work, and play. They help develop organizational strategies and campaigns to advance Friends’ mission as well as specific campaign goals. The conservation organizer works with Friends' staff, partners, and community members to provide input on community organizing strategies and also develops organizing materials and assists in developing lobbying strategies and efforts.

The conservation organizer also implements community organizing, education, and outreach strategies to advance Friends' campaigns and deepen community engagement. This includes: meeting campaign plan deadlines and deliverables and public comment period deadlines; development and launching of Action Alerts; and communications with members, activists, and partners. The conservation organizer will work primarily in the following areas:

Build Grassroots and Grass-top Power

The conservation organizer seeks out ways to grow Friends' supporter and volunteer base by:

  • Recruiting new activists through outreach
  • Hosting and attending events and tabling
  • Recruiting and training activists to testify at public hearings, write comment letters, and letters to the editors
  • Training and developing activist leaders
  • Creating a leadership network to assist in organizing activities
  • Communicating with members, activists, and community leaders regularly via phone, email, text, and in-person communications
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with Friends’ allies
  • Striving to increase the diversity of Friends membership, allies, partners, and support network
  • Other assigned duties

Implement Education and Outreach Strategies

The conservation organizer supports Friends' Climate Change Project and land-use protection campaigns. This includes:

  • Presenting to school groups, community groups, and participating in planning and implementing community engagement events.
  • Writing Magazine Articles
  • Developing Fact Sheets
  • Represent Friends in its local coalition efforts
  • Other assigned duties

Communicate with the Public, Members, Partners, and the Media

Occasionally, with prior authorization, this position represents Friends in the media. The conservation organizer may also:

  • Conduct outreach to diverse communities, businesses, civic groups, students, and nonprofit organizations
  • Hold periodic meetings to update activists on conservation efforts
  • Attend and represent Friends in local government meetings with the assistance of the Conservation Director
  • Other assigned duties

LOCATION

This position is based out of the Hood River, OR office with travel throughout the Columbia Gorge, including to offices in Portland, OR, and Washougal, WA.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite
  • Experience with CRM, Advocacy Software and Communications tools

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Starting pay is $23.00 - $26.00 per hour, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include generous vacation time and holidays, generous health benefits for employee and dependents along with an employer matched retirement plan.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

The Columbia Gorge has been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, stewarding the land and waters of this region long before European colonization and the western idea of environmentalism. Friends is dedicated to ensuring the Columbia Gorge remains a place of wonder for generations to come. Whether it is the land, water, wildlife, people, Tribes, or communities, each is dependent upon the others for the Gorge to truly thrive. This is not possible without representing and engaging tribal as well as other diverse communities and individuals who share a connection to this special place.

Read our full DEIJ statement here.

EEO POLICY

Friends is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state and federal law.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoffs, recalls, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Full time within the typical 9:00 – 5:00 office hours. Friends uses a hybrid model to be determined with the conservation director. The work environment includes desk work with a sit/stand option, using a computer extensively, some phone work, outdoor work including occasionally in inclement weather.

This position sometimes requires evening and weekend work plus occasional travel within the region for meetings, hearings, and events. This position is also expected to work both independently and within a team environment. The conservation organizer works with the conservation director to develop and review personal quarterly goals based on the organization’s values, campaign plans, Organizational Strategic Plan, and career development.

ADA STATEMENT

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

APPLICATION

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words to careers@gorgefriends.org with Conservation Organizer in the subject line, and where you saw the posting. Deadline for submission is April 21, 2024.


Summer Legal Intern

Hours: 22-29 hours per week
Status: Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR metro area or Remote
Supervisor: Senior Staff Attorney
Salary: $21-$24 hourly
Start Date: May 2024

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Friends of the Columbia Gorge (Friends) is seeking a Legal Intern (or Extern) for Summer 2024. Among other tasks, the Legal Intern will advance Friends’ mission by performing legal research and writing in support of Friends’ litigation docket and development review program.

Friends’ legal program works to protect the Columbia River Gorge by vigorously enforcing the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act and other laws. These include state and federal laws governing land use, administrative procedures, open public meetings, energy facilities, forest practices, endangered species, pollution, and other subjects. Friends uses these laws to protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreation resources of the Gorge from urban sprawl, mining, clearcutting, industrial and commercial activities, and other uses.

Friends has an active litigation docket in both Oregon and Washington and at various administrative agencies. The Legal Intern will perform legal research and writing in support of these cases, review administrative records and land use applications, prepare comment letters, and perform other tasks as needed.

WINNING BEHAVIORS, COMPETENCIES, AND SKILLS

Education:

  • Must be a law student at, or have recently graduated from, an accredited law school in the United States.
Required:
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and public interest law
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills
  • Well-organized and resourceful
  • Collaborative, hard-working, and personable

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of administrative, land use, and/or environmental law
  • Law journal or clinical experience
  • Science or engineering background, or comfort with numbers and quantitative analysis
  • Familiarity with GIS

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Pay is $21.00 to $24.00 per hour, commensurate with experience. No benefits are included for part-time, temporary work.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

The Columbia Gorge has been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, stewarding the land and waters of this region long before European colonization and the western idea of environmentalism. Friends is dedicated to ensuring the Columbia Gorge remains a place of wonder for generations to come. Whether it is the land, water, wildlife, people, Tribes, or communities, each is dependent upon the others for the Gorge to truly thrive. This is not possible without representing and engaging tribal as well as other diverse communities and individuals who share a connection to this special place.

Read our full DEIJ statement here.

EEO POLICY

Friends is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state and federal law.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoffs, recalls, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work environment includes desk work and using a computer extensively, lifting up to 20 pounds, and standing. If the compliance monitoring work is also done, the job will require driving and/or taking public transportation and walking on uneven surfaces.

ADA STATEMENT

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

APPLICATION

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (combined into a single file) to jobs@gorgefriends.org with “Legal Intern” in the subject line. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 7, 2024.

About Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Ensuring the Gorge remains a vibrant, living place—wondrous, wild, and open to all—is at the core of what we do. Friends of the Columbia Gorge works to protect, preserve, and steward the Columbia Gorge for future generations.

We are the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting and enhancing the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge. For over four decades, we have successfully advocated to protect the Gorge from irresponsible development, purchased scenic and sensitive lands for long-term preservation, and worked with community partners to foster a larger culture of Gorge stewardship by connecting thousands of students and volunteers to the Gorge’s wonders.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.