For 1st time, MLG admin punishes Permian oil & gas operators for polluting air and climate

November 5, 2019
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Earthworks is seeking a motivated campaigner to support frontline communities and ecosystems at risk from mining pollution. Disasters involving mine tailings dams have increased in frequency and scale in recent years, endangering communities, fresh water and the environment in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and mine sites around the world.

We are looking for candidates with strong organizing, research, writing, and spoken communications skills, with experience working in support of frontline communities, and with a background in science and/or comfort with scientific information. The position requires interaction with a wide range of individuals and organizations, and effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills are essential to the job. Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish required.

Earthworks is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with 25 employees across 7 states. We work to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. We support frontline communities, reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We seek to ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capitol to state houses and legislatures.


  • Outreach and maintain regular contact with mining affected communities and grassroots defenders, scientific experts and NGO allies
  • Coordinate and organize civil society caucus and coalition-building, including virtual and in-person meetings and listserve discussions
  • Develop and implement campaign strategies, advocacy and communications tools
  • Stay up-to-date on scientific developments, trends, industry developments and best practices related to mine safety and communicate this analysis in the form of blogs, social media posts, and campaign updates to allies
  • Provide support to grassroots campaigns through research, technical assistance, developing media materials, and organizing discussions and meetings
  • Prepare research reports and toolkits, online action alerts, website updates, fact sheets and social media content
  • Seek out new opportunities for collaboration and amplifying campaign messages
  • Keep up-to-date and complete program files
  • Share organizational responsibilities to maintain a healthy and equitable workplace
  • Check-in weekly with the Mining Program Director and program team


  • 3-5 years of experience in environmental or human rights advocacy, community organizing, or research
  • Knowledge and experience working on mining and/or science-related environmental issues
  • Experience working with frontline communities in the Global South
  • Background in science, engineering or a related field preferred
  • Strong diplomacy and effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Experience with corporate campaigning, and/or engagement preferred
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Decision-making skills and ability to manage time and priorities effectively
  • A flexible and positive attitude, and willingness to be a team player
  • Commitment to environmental, human rights, and social justice issues
  • Portuguese or Spanish language fluency

The salary for this position is competitive for small to medium non-profits, ranging from $50-60K depending on experience.  Benefits include full health 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 of employment. Additionally, after 7 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month, fully paid sabbatical.

Earthworks reserves the right to change the responsibilities of this position as the needs of the organization change. The position reports to the Mining Program Director and is based in Washington, DC or the SF Bay Area; working remotely from other locations may be considered.

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.

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.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 short writing samples to Please include links to blogs, Op-Eds, social media handles, websites, or any other online presence that highlights your experience. No phone calls please.

For 1st time, MLG admin punishes Permian oil & gas operators for polluting air and climate

November 5, 2019
Latest News