Strategic Communications and Research Assistant

North American Megadams Resistance Alliance
www.northeastmegadamsresistance.org

Location: New England: Based in Maine office of national environmental group; frequent travel to meetings, in NY and New England.

Description: International alliance of groups and individuals seeks motivated individual to work on campaign opposing Canadian hydropower dams and transmission corridors planned for the U.S. Issues involve energy, environment, rivers, Indigenous rights, and state and federal legislation. NAMRA builds on the work of International Rivers and operates under the same model of research, public education, and supporting grassroots campaigns. Allies of NAMRA include Grand Riverkeeper, Labrador, Labrador Land Protectors, Sierra Club Maine and Massachusetts, and Indigenous-led groups throughout
North America.

Job duties: full range of everything involved in running a grassroots campaign:

  • Researching and documenting the substantive issues (current legal, political and legislative developments with regard to dams and transmission corridors)
  • Writing blogs, website content, opinion pieces for publication in major media outlets, letters to the editor, white paper chapters, email blasts, and press releases
  • Interfacing and serving as liaison with grassroots citizen campaigns based in various states (primarily New England) and in Canada, maintaining email data base of supporters, preparing and sending bi-monthly news updates to supporters
  • Working with organizers to support local grassroots events, including organizing NAMRA’s involvement in the National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, MA (November 2019), speaker tours, public events, etc.
  • Developing a strategic communications program that includes building a vibrant social media campaign, including responsibility for social media posts under the supervision of NAMRA coordinator
  • Collecting press on relevant developments and developing contacts with writers covering hydropower and transmission issues

Requirements: B.A., B.S., law degree or similar preferred. Minimum one year or the equivalent working in the environmental field on a campaign, internship or course work. Must have some background knowledge in the areas of energy and the environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills, good computer skills, familiarity with social media platforms, and ability to maintain a website on WordPress. Must be flexible, responsive, organized, and able to switch among job assignments with ease.

Report to executive committee of the NAMRA; work under the daily or weekly supervision of NAMRA coordinator.

30 hours per week, salary commensurate with experience

Send resume to: coordinator.namra@gmail.com