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Chilkat Watershed Organizer

Summary:

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is hiring a part-time Chilkat Watershed Organizer to work with SEACC, our partner organizations, and the communities of Klukwan and Haines on water protections, mining, and community engagement around the Chilkat Valley Watershed.  This position is based in Haines and Klukwan and the selected candidate will need to live in one of these communities in order to fulfill these tasks.

Position Description:

We are seeking one Chilkat Watershed Organizer to coordinate events, outreach, and relationship-building with community members in Klukwan and Haines.  This position will track and share information with SEACC staff and partners about community engagement opportunities around the Chilkat River to boost our local programming, relationships, and partnership opportunities.  The Organizer will also serve as our local feet on the ground to help research, plan, and implement events and programming relevant to the needs and interests of community members, with the goal of expanding reach to new groups and individuals.  Additionally, this position will help to identify and inform potential economic alternatives to mining and work with communities on locally relevant solutions.

The Organizer will also provide and/or be a conduit for community members to access additional logistical and technical support in the areas of water quality and mining, provide support for communities engaging in advocacy around protection of local water resources, and will work with community members and leaders to identify other opportunities to organize or take action on water quality and land-use-related issues.

In addition, the Organizer will be available to support members of communities potentially at risk from upstream mining on the Chilkat River and will help create opportunities for community members to engage with ongoing campaign work around specific transboundary and regional mines.

The Organizer will work closely with SEACC’s Inside Passage Waters Program Manager, Tongass Forest Program Manager and Indigenous Engagement Lead, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, and Staff Scientist, as well as a myriad of partner organizations.

This position is new for SEACC and is funded for one year at present, with possible extension contingent on a successful first year and on the organization’s ability to continue to identify and obtain funding to support this work. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong people and relationship-building skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience planning, publicizing, and implementing events;
  • Interest in taking on an advocacy and organizer role in conservation in the Chilkat Watershed;
  • At least two years of experience or academic study in natural resources, water conservation, aquatic science, fisheries, forest conservation, forest science, rural development, traditional ecological knowledge, or a related field. A degree is specifically not required for this position;
  • Knowledge of traditional/cultural values, traditions, and practices;
  • Knowledge of natural resource and development issues related to water quality, mining, fish/fisheries, the Tongass National Forest, land use, and logging specifically located in the Chilkat Watershed;
  • Background in or interest learning to arrange, coordinate, and do media interviews;
  • Experience working with social media.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and two Haines- or Klukwan-based references to apply.  Applications should be submitted to SEACC’s Office and Operations Manager, Thomasina Andersen at thomasina@seacc.org.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a weekly basis beginning April 23rd, and position will remain posted until filled.

SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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