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Outdoor Alliance is not hiring at this time.


We are currently hiring for the following role. Applications are due January 31, 2019.

Full Time Contract Description: California Organizer

Goal: Build and coordinate a network of human-powered outdoor advocates in California that work to secure meaningful protections for public lands and waters.


Mission: Outdoor Alliance unites the voices of outdoor enthusiasts to protect the human-powered outdoor recreation experience and conserve America’s public lands.

About Outdoor Alliance: Outdoor Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit coalition of national advocacy organizations that includes American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Mountaineers, the American Alpine Club, the Mazamas, the Colorado Mountain Club, and the Surfrider Foundation.

We believe that a unified outdoor recreation community is the best way to protect the outdoors. By connecting millions of outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Alliance works to protect, promote, and enhance human-powered recreation, and ensures the best protections for places that matter to the outdoor recreation community.


About the California Organizer:

Outdoor Alliance has six regional networks across the country. These networks are modeled after our national coalition, bringing together local recreation groups to work together toward shared goals to protect human-powered outdoor recreation and our public lands. The California Organizer will lead the development of a new Outdoor Alliance California regional network.

Although individual organizations within California’s outdoor recreation community have achieved impressive conservation outcomes, consistent collaboration across these groups is still rare. The outdoor community in California has enormous potential political power. The California Organizer will harness this power to help the human-powered outdoor recreation community secure the strongest possible policy outcomes that conserve public lands and waters and protect human-powered adventure in California.

This role has four objectives over the next year: grow the grassroots and grasstops California network, activate these California outdoor advocates on conservation and outdoor priorities, build relationships with key lawmakers, and engage in Region 5 Forest Planning to secure long-term protections. A successful California Organizer will catalyze a well-organized, values-driven, and self-sustaining community to protect public lands and waters.


Key responsibilities:

  • Regional Network Leadership. Build and empower the Outdoor Alliance California Regional Network to advocate on local, state, and federal policies important to the human-powered recreation community.

  • Campaign Management. Assist the Regional Director in developing advocacy strategies and executing campaigns to achieve Outdoor Alliance’s goals within California.

  • Policy Analysis. Be a California outdoor recreation policy leader. Translate Outdoor Alliance national policy into relevant and useful content for California advocates, and bring a California perspective to our national positions.

  • Leadership Development. Assist in the development of advocacy and policy expertise of member organizers and individuals.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Passion for the human-powered outdoor recreation experience, public lands, and ensuring that all people have access to outdoor experiences as a way to build the next generation of conservationists.

  • At least 3 years of issue advocacy, electoral campaign and/or California state legislature experience.

  • Knowledge of the California outdoor recreation scene, and familiarity with California-based outdoor recreation and conservation groups.

  • Terrific interpersonal skills, fearless about reaching out to new people, and comfort in diverse social terrain. You’re quick on your feet and great at engaging new people.

  • Exceptional communication skills, especially writing and public speaking.

  • Patience and a positive attitude. You are skilled at “herding cats,” the ability to synthesize multiple perspectives, and the persistence to get projects across the finish line.

  • A strong self-starter with excellent time management skills.

  • Ability to meet multiple, shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibility while maintaining a perspective on long-term goals.

  • Familiarity with digital tools for field organizing, especially if you have experience with EveryAction or NGPVan.

  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business.


Additional Information:

This is a full-time, contract position. We offer competitive compensation commensurate with skills and experience, plus the best colleagues you could ask for and a fun, flexible work environment that prizes time off to enjoy public lands. Our main offices are in Washington DC, and this position will be based in California, ideally in the Sacramento area. This position includes travel, approximately monthly, within California, as well as 1-2 trips per year to D.C.


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to

Applications due by January 31, 2019.