Hazeltine Creek was devastated by the 2015 Mt. Polley tailings spill in British Columbia, Canda. Photo: Chris Blake

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Earthworks’ Permian Energy Campaigner is responsible for Earthworks’ engagement in campaigns targeting pipelines, export terminals, and associated infrastructure out of the Permian Basin, and uplifting the voices of impacted communities in the Texas Permian.

This position works closely with Earthworks’ program staff who work to reduce risks to water, health, air and climate from oil and gas production, with our communication, digital and development departments, and will participate in, and help to facilitate, engagement with the national movement to reduce the use of plastics. The ideal candidate will thrive at managing multiple priorities in a dynamic and fast-paced campaigning environment, advancing and empowering leadership from frontline affected communities, and maintaining solid relationships with diverse partners.

  • Lead our efforts opposing pipeline and other oil and gas infrastructure projects from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast
  • Conduct organizing and outreach activities along key pipeline routes and infrastructure facilities, including managing canvass weekends and community meetings when in-person activities resume
  • Support the growth and maintenance of the Permian Gulf Coast Coalition
  • Support field organizing in connection with Texas Gulf Coast oil, gas, and petrochemical facilities at the terminus of proposed pipelines
  • Conduct research, develop strategy, and produce materials such as fact sheets to support pipeline and infrastructure campaigns
  • Develop strong relationships with indigenous communities resisting oil and gas and petrochemical infrastructure projects and assist them in magnifying their claim to indigenous sovereignty
  • Support public policy campaigns focused on regulating oil and gas activities and improving Texas regulatory agencies
  • Assist in organizing regional meetings in the Permian Basin (possibly NM &TX) and meetings amongst indigenous leadership
  • Educate communities on their rights and roles with Texas regulatory agencies (TCEQ & TRC)
  • Amplify needs and stories of impacted communities


  • Experience in conducting field-based work and engaging communities; 
  • At least 3 years experience running advocacy campaigns;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues on fundraising, communicating, digital organizing, and community relationship building;
  • Commitment and experience working with frontline communities and working towards racial justice;
  • Demonstrated understanding of grassroots organizing, movement building and tactical escalation;
  • Excellent written communications skills and experience with blogging, social media, online membership communication, fundraising proposals, and research projects;
  • Excellent oral communication skills and experience with public speaking and facilitating meetings;
  • Campaign experience in some or all of the following areas: climate change, petrochemical production, human rights, energy policy, specific fossil fuel sectors, finance, corporate social responsibility;
  • Ability to work both on one’s own and under direction as part of a project team. 

Management, Hours, & Compensation

The Permian Energy Campaigner will report to Earthworks’ Energy Campaigner and will join our energy program which includes federal policy experts, communications staff, development staff and a field advocate team active in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.

This is a permanent position starting at full time through December 2020. The salary for this position is equivalent to $56,000/year for full time employment. We are working to secure funding to maintain the position on a full-time basis. If additional funding is not secured, the position would move to half time in 2021. We provide a competitive benefits package, including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, a focus on work-life balance, and generous holidays and vacation time.

Travel & COVID-19

This Energy Campaigner will ideally be based in New Mexico, Texas, or Louisiana, and we will prioritize candidates who already have roots in the region. This position will begin as a fully remote position. Eventually, this position will entail frequent travel when public health conditions permit. Earthworks’ COVID-19 policies place the health and safety of our employees as our number one priority. 

About Earthworks

Earthworks is a dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 28 people across 12 states and DC. Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of fracking and mining. We 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 legislatures.

Woman-led, multigenerational, and with a relatively flat hierarchy, we encourage initiative and leadership at all levels. 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 on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, alienage or national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, arrest record, prior military service or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to permiancampaigner@earthworksaction.org as soon as possible. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and we are looking for this position to start ASAP.

Hazeltine Creek was devastated by the 2015 Mt. Polley tailings spill in British Columbia, Canda. Photo: Chris Blake

Statement: Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management Falls Short

August 5, 2020
Latest News