The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic full-time River Organizer to engage local river communities and stakeholders along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The River Organizer will cultivate an active and engaged support base for water policy advocacy in Missouri as part of MCE’s water quality team. This is a grant-funded position through March 2020 that reports to the Water Policy Coordinator. MCE is focused on protecting wetlands and floodplains along the Lower Missouri River and the Middle Mississippi River, and we are committed to advancing water quality protections throughout the state.
MCE’s offices and staff are currently based out of St. Louis, Missouri, but the River Organizer’s geographic location is flexible. The River Organizer has the unique opportunity to elevate the voice of river communities all across Missouri -- not just in St. Louis.
The River Organizer will have a basic understanding of and interest in:
- Strategies for grassroots organizing and community outreach on policy issues,
- Threats to water resources in Missouri, including the impact of navigation infrastructure, over-application of agricultural chemicals, factory farms, and climate change
- How watersheds, river systems, and wetlands function, and
- The environmental protection framework at the state and federal levels.
- Developing and implementing an organizing and outreach strategy in collaboration with MCE’s Water Policy Coordinator, Policy Director, and Food and Farm team
- Engaging individuals and organizations to foster greater understanding of river systems and threats to our water resources
- Building collaborative efforts amongst environmental, conservation, and public health groups working in the state of Missouri
- Organizing lobby days and in-district meetings with elected officials
- Attending community and neighborhood events to learn about local issues and share updates on MCE’s work
- Representing MCE to the public and in the media
- Tracking and evaluating impacts of efforts and measuring success
- Frequent travel around the state
- Working evenings and weekends several times a month
- Grassroots organizing, outreach, advocacy, or political campaign experience
- At least 1 year of work experience that includes project management, community engagement, organizing, public relations, or public speaking
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative and administrative process
- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working in a team
- Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required
- Experience with basic computer programs, such as MS Office, Google Drive, and social media applications
- Familiarity with rural and river communities in Missouri is highly preferred
- Strong preference for River Organizer to be located in a Missouri river town
A successful River Organizer will have the following skills and strengths:
- Excellent time management and organization skills
- Team player
- Excellent public speaking skills
Start date: November 2018
This is a full-time position with benefits.
The Food and Farm VISTA will support and expand the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition’s (STLFPC) reach into low-income communities and work to increase these communities’ access to healthy, locally grown food from environmentally-responsible farmers.
1. Work with the Food and Farm Director and other STLFPC members to carry out projects that support increasing food access in low-income communities.
2. Implement strategies with Food & Farm Director and other stakeholders to increase access to land for food production for the region’s most food insecure.
3. Work with STLFPC members to expand awareness of environmentally-responsible farmers in the region and where their products can be purchased by people of all income levels.
4. Support the work of the STLFPC by assisting MCE’s Food & Farm Team and work group members in various capacities, including administrative support for STLFPC and regular communication with STLFPC members.
5. Provide support to the Food Justice Organizer in their community outreach efforts.
Background in food studies, public health, environmental studies, social work, or related field
Excellent organizational skills with a track record of excellent time management
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including professional communication with colleagues and allies and communication to new audiences about the work of MCE and STLFPC
Understanding of social inequality and/or interest to learn
Ability to work independently as well as a team
Action-oriented and illustrated commitment to the success
Experience with Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Adobe, Constant Contact, and Wordpress
Experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Experience with planning and executing fundraising events
This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position that requires 40 hours/week, and is compensated by a VISTA living allowance. Click here for more information on becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA. Position is one‑year term, requires use of a personal laptop, and will start in September. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Click here to apply for this position on the VISTA platform.