CONSERVATION PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
Founded in 2010, Hispanic Access Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos with partners and opportunities to improve their lives and create an equitable society. Ultimately, we establish bridges of access that provide a path for the development and rise of Latino leaders and elevates their voices in areas where we are underrepresented. Our core values are trustworthy, dedicated, service to comunidad, versatile, and excellence. While Washington, D.C. serves as our headquarters, employees work in a virtual environment.
This is an exciting time for HAF’s Conservation Program, as we’re scaling up our geographical focus, growing our network of partnerships, and elevating Latino advocates and leaders for conservation. HAF engages a rich ecology of Latino groups – from faith-based communities to journalists to students and nonprofit partners – with the outdoors and environmental stewardship. With an enormously positive public response, one thing is clear to us: when Latinos are given the right engagement opportunities, their passion for conservation and environmental stewardship shines through -- and impacts environmental policy.
California’s lands provide an important resource in limiting the impacts of climate change while protecting communities from climate change-driven events, sustaining its economy, and supporting unique biodiversity. Hispanic Access Foundation was part of the campaign leading to California Governor Newsom’s groundbreaking executive order to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coasts by the year 2030. The Biden Administration has committed to 30x30 nationwide, and Hispanic Access Foundation is committed to advance new federal protections in California, which can serve as a model for other states in the west. Hispanic Access Foundation’s 2021 California campaign prioritizes the creation and expansion of wildlife refuges and the creation and expansion of national monuments. Hispanic Access Foundation is looking to strengthen its policy research, congressional outreach, coalition communications, grassroots and tactical movement capacity in support of its campaign work.
- Educate and inform Congress and federal agencies on new and increased protections and expansion of wildlife refuges, national monuments, and other protection mechanisms.
- Organize on-the-ground support for local land protections in an equitable and inclusive manner.
- Advocate for federal adoption of policies and protections that advance equitably protecting 30% of land by 2030 and represent Hispanic Access Foundation in three key campaign coalitions.
- Collaborate with Hispanic Access’ conservation team to inform grassroots and grass-tops activities, inform legislative research and reporting, and create messaging.
- Overall program support, implementation, and managing deliverables; other tasks as assigned
- Assist with research and analysis of public policy, media, social and technological developments relevant to California public lands
- Assist with drafting and distributing program materials and communications
- Partner with Latino public lands advocates, coalition members and other constituencies in California, to educate and build on-the-ground support for public land protections
- Build partnerships, maintain relationships, and conduct regular communications with Latino advocates (e.g. Por La Creación Faith-based Alliance, MANO Project alumni), coalition members and other constituencies in California and across the country
- Assist with organizing regular digital and in-person convenings for HAF networks and partners
- Track, analyze, and provide status updates on program progress, issues, and activities, including timeline and scope of work and post-event report-outs
- Logistical and administrative support including record-keeping
- Experience in organizing events and managing logistics
- Experience in collaborating with faith leaders
- Experience in policy, advocacy, and coalition building
- Familiarity with national and California-level conservation and climate issues
- Experience working with Salesforce and other digital collaboration, project management, and productivity software
- Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent work experience in collaborative environments
- 1-3 years of conservation/environment-related experience, including internship or volunteer experience
- Bilingual – English and Spanish
- Ability to travel within California, and nationally as required (25 - 35%)
- Excellent written communications skills
- Excellent intercultural and interpersonal skills - the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, interns, external partners, and consultants of diverse backgrounds
- Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
- Collaborative work style; strong work ethic; mission-driven, results-oriented approach to work
- Creativity and flexibility to undertake new assignments and identify new opportunities
- Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
- Ability to be effective independently in a remote environment, while also being a resourceful team-player
- Professional behavior and demeanor consistent with the organization’s cultural values
This position is Remote, but candidates need to be based in the Inland Empire, San Diego, or Central Coast regions of California.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Hispanic Access Foundation offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health and dental, generous paid vacation plus paid holidays, and a retirement plan with employer match. This position is a 2-year fellowship with long-term position possibility.
HOW TO APPLY
Hispanic Access Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law.