Are you passionate about climate change and helping frontline communities who suffer impacts from oil and gas pollution? Do you want to be part of the growing movement to address climate change, defend community rights, and hold corporations and governments accountable? Do you enjoy bringing people together? Then this position may be right for you.
Earthworks (earthworks.org) needs a West Texas Field Associate to strengthen our work defending communities and the environment from the health and climate impacts of oil and gas production. Supervised by our Texas Senior Field Advocate & Thermographer Sharon Wilson as part of our Community Empowerment Project (CEP), this Field Advocate will work to expose Texas’ broken oversight of the oil and gas industry, to help strengthen that oversight where possible, and to highlight the state’s shortcomings in order to make the case for a transition to fossil-fuel-free energy.
As the largest producer of oil and gas nationwide whose government is widely perceived as unduly influenced by industry, Texas is a national and international poster child of worst industry practices. It is a place where residents desperately need help to protect their health. The Texas Field Associate will help engage residents, regulators, policymakers, and the media in the larger context of climate change and oil and gas industry accountability within the state.
LOCATION: West Texas, with regular travel to different parts of the state, although the job will likely start without travel, changing as Earthworks’ COVID-19 staff guidance changes based on best practices to protect our employees’ health.
SCOPE OF DUTIES:
1. Engage and help organize communities impacted by oil and gas extraction in the Texas Permian Basin area and elevate their voices and experiences with decision-makers and in the media.
2. Assist with community engagement efforts in other parts of Texas.
3. Engage and educate the public and decision-makers about the impacts of oil and gas on the health and safety of Texans, and the global climate.
4. Provide field support to Earthworks’ Texas-based thermographer for the purpose of collecting Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) video footage of pollution from oil and gas wells and facilities. Field trips will occur on approximately a bi-monthly basis.
5. Assist in filing and tracking formal regulatory complaints on behalf of Earthworks to the relevant Texas regulatory agency and following up with research, outreach, and other activities so as to hold those regulators accountable..
6. Assist with analyzing, organizing, and compiling information from regulatory documents into written summaries and reports.
7. Represent Earthworks at community, environmental coalition and state agency meetings and at legislative hearings.
8. Support Earthworks’ Energy team with written and verbal communications and materials as needed for supporting community leaders, maintaining ally relations, and reporting on fieldwork findings
QUALIFICATIONS: Strong interest in climate change and health issues. Experience in community-based projects and engagement. Desire to understand and advocate for environmental policies and regulations. Ability to collaborate with people with a range of backgrounds and views and to participate in coalitions. Flexibility and willingness to travel are necessary. Must be a self-starter but able to follow directions as part of a project team and carry out established goals. Must be able to communicate in Spanish.
Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting a managed, just transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. We are committed to supporting communities on the frontlines of the oil, gas, and mining industries and advocating for stronger government action and better corporate practices and accountability. (For more information, see http://www.earthworks.org)
A dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 28 people across 12 states, Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of onshore resource extraction. 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 statehouses and at the county and city levels.
Woman-led, multigenerational, and with a relatively flat hierarchy, we encourage initiative and leadership at all levels. Earthworks has a flexible work environment, with many employees working remotely or telecommuting part of the time to ensure work-life balance.
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. For more information about DEI at Earthworks, please visit our website: https://earthworks.org/about/our-commitment-to-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/
COMPENSATION: We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment, and supply you with the technology you need to get your job done. We also offer a generous benefits package that includes flex time, parental leave, vacation days, sick days, and a paid sabbatical for long-term employees.
The West Texas Field Associate reports to the Texas Senior Field Advocate and collaborates with colleagues nationwide. The position pays $40-50,000 commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience and skill level.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to email@example.com by June 12th.