Who we are:
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is a small grassroots nonprofit based out of Juneau, Alaska, in the Tongass National Forest. For more than 50 years SEACC has been a regional conservation watchdog defending the remaining intact old-growth stands of the Tongass National Forest and the waters of the Inside Passage.
We partner with local communities, Tribes, fishermen, businesses, and visitors to advocate for the conservation and sustainable use of our region’s natural resources, and preserve a uniquely Southeast Alaskan way of life. We mix policy and technical expertise with grassroots organizing and communication skills to engage the public, advance new policy, and maintain existing protections, so that we ensure the interconnected whole of Southeast Alaska exists for future generations.
SEACC is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our commitment to these priorities is being developed and elaborated by both staff and board on an ongoing, sustained basis, and our work towards living these values is interwoven across all our programs and departments, as well as into our day-to-day work practices. Any future team member should share these values and priorities.
More about Juneau, Alaska:
Áak’w Ḵwáan Area/Juneau is the ancestral home of the Áak’w Ḵwáan and Taku Ḵwáan peoples. It is also the state’s capital city. Áak’w Ḵwáan Area/Juneau is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest and is rich with access to the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, foraging, kayaking, biking, hiking, and skiing, among other activities. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, a city-owned ski mountain, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of educational options for families of all ages.
Juneau also has a vibrant arts community with numerous visual artists, dance troupes, theatre companies, two opera companies, chamber and symphony orchestras, a jazz and classics festival, and an annual folk music festival, as well as the Alaska State Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute. Juneau has robust and growing Indigenous art and culture scene, and the biennial Alaska Native cultural event Celebration is held every two years in Juneau and is a major social and cultural event, with the next slated to occur in the summer of 2024.
Our city is famous for its rainy and often gray coastal climate and is only accessible by air travel or by boat, including the state ferry system.
Federal Campaign Manager
Are you an experienced or aspiring environmental campaigner and/or forest or public lands advocate? Do you want to build people power in Southeast Alaska to advocate for legislative change at the Federal level? Want to help us hold agencies and decision makers accountable to enhance and preserve the largest intact, carbon-dense, temperate rainforests left on earth? Do you envision a future that encourages and celebrates community resilience, national forest restoration, and recreation and tourism opportunities in lieu of industrial development? If so, we want to talk to you!
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is seeking a Federal Campaign Manager to coordinate and lead our forest conservation and federal campaign work at SEACC. The Federal Campaign Manager reports to the Executive Director and manages SEACC’s work on National Forest lands as well as all federal rulemaking and legislation that affects Southeast Alaska. The Federal Campaign Manager will work collaboratively with other campaign and communications staff at SEACC to accomplish our goals.
What You’ll Do:
The Federal Campaign Manager will spend a majority of their time working on federal lands issues related to the Tongass National Forest, particularly the upcoming Tongass Land Management Plan revision, and also work on other federal land management issues, such as watchdogging permitting from mining. The Federal Campaign Manager role includes the potential for lobbying and periodic travel to Washington, D.C. as well as regular travel around Southeast Alaska. The role breaks down to about 50% program strategy and implementation, and 50% coalition and external partner relationship management. Travel and afterwork and on weekends is expected to be about 10-15%.
Program Development and Implementation:
- Work with the Executive Director and Communications Director to complete, manage and periodically refine SEACC’s Tongass National Forest strategy;
- Track Federal public comment periods (primarily on but not limited to the Tongass National Forest), identifying the most strategic opportunities for technical comments and public action alerts;
- Lead efforts to organize and engage the public to influence policy, decision-makers, and federal agencies. This will be done by working with volunteers to implement grassroots and grasstops tactics both in-person and digitally, using social media, our WordPress-hosted website and other digital engagement tools like Nationbuilder and New/Mode;
- Participate in public processes such as the Tongass Land Management Plan revision on behalf of SEACC and our followers;
- Work with the SEACC team and SEACC’s legal partners to address federal timber sales and other proposed actions, advocating for beneficial management practices and against detrimental public-land-related legislation;
- Advocate for land protections at the federal level by giving presentations, lobbying, and meeting with government officials;
- Provide material to the communications team for Tongass National Forest related content.
Coordination with partners:
- Coordinate and/or participate in and help lead regional, statewide, and national coalition and partnership efforts to protect the Tongass National Forest and help develop a new vision for the future of our region;
- Work with the our staff to continue to improve and grow SEACC’s efforts around Indigenous engagement and outreach;
- Coordinate with local communities, Tribal governments and grassroots groups to address federal management concerns where it aligns with SEACC values and campaign goals.
Who You Are
We are looking for a people-person ready to organize with energy and enthusiasm and excited to approach interesting, sticky problems with a positive attitude. A self-starter comfortable stepping up to lead coalitions who is able to develop and implement land conservation campaigns to protect Southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest, working alongside and in support of our Alaska Native partners, local community members, and conservation partners.
Fundamentally, we want someone who loves making good things happen, directly and through coordinating and working with others. Southeast Alaska has a unique social landscape and the conservation movement has a complicated (and at times problematic) regional history. Cultural competency to navigate this complex space is important, as are good listening skills!
More specifically, you will be or have most of the following qualifications:
- A background in environmental policy, and/or grassroots or grasstops campaigns;
- Professional experience or study in forest conservation, forest science, forest-related advocacy, forestry, or biology.
- A forest-related degree is not required for this position, but relevant experience is This could include experience working for Alaska Native organizations engaging in forestry or forest conservation, or work for the Forest Service, in the forestry industry, in restoration, climate policy, natural resource economics, or educational or professional background in conservation, the biological sciences, law or policy;
- An effective communicator (written and oral), able to quickly understand, translate, and communicate problems and policy solutions that the general public can understand and engage in.
- This includes a background, comfort, or interest in learning to communicate with the media, including as an occasional spokesperson;
- A proactive and strong problem solver with demonstrated people skills, experience untangling tough social issues and working to bring people together and empower SEACC, our partners, and more importantly the public in effective advocacy for our shared conservation objectives;
- Commitment to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, with demonstrated successes in previous work and self-awareness of where you need to grow. You work effectively with a diverse team and partners, and act proactively to spot issues of equity and inclusion and develop practical solutions.
- An excellent time manager comfortable planning, prioritizing, troubleshooting, and moving tasks forward while coordinating in all directions, especially across lines of difference (by building trust and rapport through warmth, humility, optimism, humor, etc.);
- Interest in and desire to work with a wide variety of people throughout Southeast Alaska. SEACC’s work takes us to communities throughout our region, so a genuine interest in the people and places of Southeast Alaska, and an ability to sustain a high level of energy and engagement over community visits lasting several days is required;
- Comfort outdoors and in communities – SEACC staff travel in small planes, skiffs, larger boats, and by foot, in addition to traveling by commercial planes. The Program Manager will visit small mill sites, old-growth stands, and remote communities while in communities, largely staying in SEACC supporters’ homes when we travel. Flexibility, adaptability, and good houseguest etiquette are key requirements for this role;
- Knowledge and interest in Southeast Alaska Indigenous language, culture, and communities. The Program Manager connects and builds relationships with Native groups, Tribal representatives, and Indigenous community members and leaders to further conservation and equity objectives. Your understanding of, and willingness to learn, cultural protocols, language, and knowledge systems supports the outcomes that best fit our region. Knowledge of, and/or willingness to learn Lingít, Xaad Kil, or Smʼalgyax improves connection to local Indigenous ways of being.
We know there is not one ideal candidate who has all of these traits, so if you have a mix of interests, skills, and experience related to the above – and a passion for this work – please don’t let a specific gap in your strengths for this role stop you from applying or reaching out. We encourage candidates who have at least 75% of the above qualifications to apply.
What Else You Should Know:
SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Compensation: This role is a full-time position, and the salary range for this role is between $62,000 – $70,000 with exact salary dependent upon experience.
We also offer excellent benefits, including:
- 3 weeks of paid leave your first year and 4 weeks of paid leave after one year, plus
- 11 federal and state holidays, plus
- fully paid healthcare, plus
- 12 days of medical leave annually, plus
- 2 days of community service or participation leave, plus
- a 401K plan with a 5% match that begins after just one year of employment, and
- In addition, the Executive Director closes the office between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day each year as a thank you to the staff!
Where you will work: SEACC’s office is located in Juneau, Alaska. The political nature of this role requires the candidate to be located in Juneau. While we expect this role to work out of the SEACC office in Juneau, we do have a flexible hybrid work policy that could be utilized.
Desired Start Date: December 6th or as soon as possible thereafter.
Application Process: Applications submitted by end of day November 15 will be considered in the first round of review. SEACC will continue to actively accept and review applications on a rolling basis thereafter until the role is filled. If the role is still posted on our website, then we are still accepting applications.
To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and a short professional writing sample of not more than 1,000 words (excerpts are fine) to [email protected]. Please put ‘Job Application – Federal Campaign Manager’ and your last name in the email subject line. Please also include a list of three professional references, including one from a former or current direct supervisor.