Thursday, June 25, 2009

Job Opening at Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Advocate. The Advocate will promote the mission of SCVAS by advancing our goals with local governments and the public, cooperating with other local environmental groups, and interacting with colleagues at Audubon California in Sacramento . The Advocate reports to the Executive Director. This is a 3-year / 32-hour per week position.The mission of SCVAS--a local chapter of the National Audubon Society—is to preserve, restore, and foster public awareness of native birds and their ecosystems, with a focus on Santa Clara County . Santa Clara County is at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay and may best be known as a world leader in electronic technology. Affiliated with the National Audubon Society, SCVAS is a separate nonprofit entity withits own staff, programs and Board of Directors.


1. Represents SCVAS at government meetings and hearings; works with the SCVAS Environmental Action Committee and other volunteers. • 40%

2. Coordinates conservation projects and campaigns, arranges And participates in meetings with community activists, and keeps The organization abreast of issues of interest to SCVAS.• 20%

3. Prepares background materials, talking points, and recommendedcourses of action for issues or projects SCVAS may wish to pursue, and supports SCVAS fundraising efforts.

Skills and Abilities:

1. Passion for conservation campaigns, environmental policy, community organizing.
2. Demonstrated experience in environmental advocacy.
3. Bachelor' s degree: environmental studies, planning, public policy, and/or conservation biology.
4. Ability to successfully represent SCVAS to the public in a professional manner, especially in public speaking.
5. Demonstrated ability to communicate complicated issues to a lay audience, both orally and in writing.
6. Knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act, and ability to apply that knowledge to preparation of comments on Environmental Impact Reports

COMPENSATION:This is a 4/5ths time position, funded for a minimum of 3 years. Salary will be based on relevant experience and will be competitive with comparable positions in the field. We offer medical, dental, sick and vacation leave. SCVAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Bob Power at:

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