Job Title: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Organizer
Department: Michigan Chapter
Reports To: Chapter Director
Location: Detroit, MI
Context: Works with organizing staff and partners to build local public support to accomplish Green Stormwater Infrastructure initiatives including rain garden installations and rain barrels. Advance Rain Gardens to the Rescue program goals and strengthen relationships with volunteer supporters that participate in the program and increase turnout for events. Participates in environmental community outreach activities, assists in recruiting and training volunteer leaders, and develops relationships with local community leaders.
Scope: The GSI Organizer assists in educational efforts of area residents regarding rain gardens and green infrastructure in Detroit. Works closely with the appropriate organizing staff and Sierra Club leaders to mobilize members of the local community, recruit environmental supporters to participate in community outreach teams, train community residents to become community outreach team leaders and implement hands-on rain garden installation.
- Educates community leaders and residents about the importance and need for green infrastructure including rain gardens in Detroit as part of Sierra Club’s Great Lakes, Great Communities program.
- Mobilizes community members to become involved in one-on-one education in the local community about green infrastructure.
- Assists the appropriate field organizing staff and volunteer leaders with planning and implementation of the campaign and other programs as assigned, including attending community meetings, making arrangements for green infrastructure tours, community forums, educational workshops and other events, and inputting information into Chapter’s database.
- Facilitate the installation of multiple rain gardens, rain barrels and disconnecting and extending downspouts. These tasks involve the use of manual gardening tools/equipment, hack saws and drills.
- Helps promote the program and activities through social media including Facebook and assists in writing press releases and reaching out to conventional media as needed.
- Assists in Grant writing, management and reporting; and data management and reporting
- Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
- Provides program support as needed, including handling phone inquiries, administrative, volunteer supervision,event planning and registrations.
- Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Performs other duties as directed.
Knowledge & Skills:
- BA or BS degree in environmental studies or related field preferred or equivalent experience
- Experience with at least one community organizing or mobilizing project.
- Knowledge and understanding of the green infrastructure best management practices
- Knowledge of Michigan native plant species commonly used in green infrastructure practices, gardening experience
- Grant writing experience or interest in learning
- Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
- Ability to interact positively with community residents, volunteers, staff and the public.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated interest in the environment or related public interest issues.
- Ability to clearly explain complex issues and effectively communicate them to community residents.
- Experience working with volunteers preferred.
- Familiarity with the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms for advocacy is ideal.
- Some experience working with traditional media, including writing press releases, making calls to news outlets, is preferred.
- Word and Google Suite proficiency preferred
- Some physical lifting is required. Outdoor work my involve walking on uneven ground, use of manual gardening equipment to do outdoor labor in a cultivated garden setting.
- This position is primarily an office position with occasional outdoor work. Outdoor work occurs in all seasons and weather conditions
This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.
The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.
This is a category 6 non-exempt position.
Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.
The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
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