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Field Organizer – Portland, OR

Organization: Greenpeace, USA

Job Title: Field Organizer

Location: Portland, OR

Hours and Compensation: $39,844.48

Posted On: March 18, 2013


Greenpeace is the leading independent environmental organization that utilizes bold action, cutting-edge research and creative communications to protect the Earth. We expose global environmental problems and promote the solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. We investigate, document and expose environmental destruction in a peaceful manner and promote open, informed debate about society’s environmental choices. To ensure our independence we do not accept donations from corporations or governments. To learn more about us, please visit our website at


To pressure relevant decision makers to deny export permits and take bold political action to put the brakes on coal industry plans in the Pacific Northwest. As well as to employ strategic, diverse and creative tactics that raises the profile of this campaign in the region.


A Greenpeace Field Organizer is passionate, driven, strategic, and thrives in a fast-paced environment. Organizers use a wide variety of strategies and tactics on campaigns to protect people and the planet from corporate greed. They might wear a suit to a morning lobby meeting with a state senator and an old pair of jeans that evening while painting a banner with local volunteers. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating outreach events that grow our base of volunteers and public support for our campaign.
  • Building and retaining a team of volunteer leaders with regular meetings.
  • Coaching volunteers to lead interdependent teams of activists in communities.
  • Quickly developing knowledge of Greenpeace issues, planning and executing successful campaign events, and generating media coverage for our campaigns.
  • Coordinating closely with other Greenpeace staff and members of the coal export team, actions team, media team and grassroots team.
  • Building and cultivating relationships with organizations and grasstops leaders including representing Greenpeace in a large regional coalition on weekly calls.
  • Producing ongoing reports, data tracking, and critical analysis of work.
  • Other responsibilities as required by the Field Organizing Director and Organizing Manager.


  • 1-2 years of grassroots organizing experience
  • Proven ability to coordinate with a collaborative team and work independently to deliver results.
  • Critical thinking, strategic insight, and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated talent building relationships and cultivating commitments with a range of activists, volunteers, and partners.
  • Ability to recruit volunteers in both urban and suburban/rural areas. Experience recruiting volunteers via phonebanking/canvassing/house parties/home visits a plus.
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced, often shifting campaign with many moving pieces.
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral – with attention to detail.
  • Commitment to grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action as a means of affecting change

preferred background:

  • While prior experience in environmental advocacy is not required, an ideal candidate has a track record of using innovative social justice strategies to win against a corporate target and/or to pressure a decision-maker.
  • Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have local relationships and prior knowledge of the coal export campaign.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel. A car or alternative form of transportation is not mandatory but preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in Greenpeace’s mission and the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity. Please use the email subject line: Portland Field Organizer Position – YOUR NAME. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Diverse perspectives and experiences enhance the way Greenpeace selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and effectiveness of our campaigns. Greenpeace therefore strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, and other diverse communities.

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