Coastal Organizer, Southwest Louisiana and East Texas

Reports to: Campaign Director

Status: Full-time/Exempt

Location: Southwest Louisiana or East Texas

Salary: 40 hours per week at $50,000-$55,000 (depending on experience) plus generous benefits package, including medical insurance (after 30 day waiting period), dental insurance, short term disability insurance, 2 weeks paid sick leave, and 3 weeks paid vacation.

Summary: A massive liquid natural gas (LNG) export and petrochemical buildout is underway in Southwest Louisiana and East Texas, which presents an existential threat to the people of the Gulf Coast and the environment. These new facilities and pipelines will have significant environmental justice, climate, pollution, and coastal wetland impacts if they are allowed to move forward. Healthy Gulf is working with a coalition of frontline communities and nonprofits to oppose these developments and shift existing power structures in the region. Healthy Gulf is also working with allies to promote a Green New Deal developed by frontline communities that will benefit the Gulf South. 

The Coastal Organizer will organize with frontline community members and NGO partners to stop or delay LNG and petrochemical buildout in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. and help create a positive vision for the region’s future.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Within the region, maintain and expand relationships with people and organizations who have been affected by petrochemical and LNG development or who represent those affected, with a focus on environmental justice communities and landowners;
  • Support potentially impacted communities in resisting proposed projects or pipelines by, among other things, engaging in local, regional, state and federal government decision-making on permits, zoning, and other policies that directly impact those communities; 
  • Collaborate with Healthy Gulf team members to provide workshops, trainings and other educational resources, as needed and identified by community partners;
  • Create and maintain a database of contacts in the area in collaboration with other Healthy Gulf staff;
  • Assist with organizational fundraising efforts by creating presentations, email alerts, reports and other materials; 
  • In coordination with Healthy Gulf’s science and policy team, contribute to technical comments to government decision makers and fact-sheets or talking points for public hearings;
  • Hold events to educate the public;
  • Media outreach as needed and in coordination with the Healthy Gulf Communications team, including helping to facilitate the submission of op-eds and letters to the editor, and maintaining a network of reporters who are updated regularly; 
  • Develop relationships with elected officials and government agency staff through regular communication and in-person meetings;
  • Write and publish original content to educate the public and decision makers, and support Healthy Gulf’s communications staff with their creation of materials, such as newsletters and action alerts; 
  • Attend and recruit residents to attend public meetings, organize public comment strategy, and give public testimony;
  • Work with key partners and other Healthy Gulf staff on shared near-term strategy in the SW LA/SE TX region and long-term movement building, including promotion of Gulf South for a Green New Deal and participation in other regional coalitions;
  • Serve as a frontline point-of-contact for the community in a disaster, chemical spill or other emergency incident;
  • Communicate the results of pollution monitoring and disaster monitoring to the public through email lists, social media, texts, phone calls, and in-person events and visits;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Experience with environmental justice issues and political/issue-based activism;
  • Comfortable with public speaking and effective at written communication; 
  • Self-motivated, well organized, attentive to details, and focused; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working within a team environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental, racial and social justice;
  • Organizing experience is preferred but not required;
  • Strong preference for someone with a personal connection to Southwest Louisiana and/or East Texas.

To apply, submit the following to jobs@healthygulf.org:

  • A cover letter. Within your cover letter, answer the following question in 2 paragraphs or less: Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color. In the Gulf South, how can we ensure equity and inclusion as we adapt to the changing physical landscape that climate change causes?
  • A resume
  • 3 references

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Organizational Background:

Healthy Gulf’s purpose is to collaborate with and serve communities who love the Gulf of Mexico by providing research, communications, and coalition-building tools needed to reverse the long pattern of over-exploitation of the Gulf’s natural resources.

Healthy Gulf values and respects all types of diversity and strongly encourages applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to, and not limited to, ethnicity, religion, race, national origin, abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or genetic information. We are committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting those from traditionally marginalized groups.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@healthygulf.org