Senior Food Campaigner – Center for Biological Diversity – Tucson, AZ

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a Senior Food Campaigner for our Population and Sustainability Department. This is a full-time position. Even though the location is flexible, Portland, Tucson, San Francisco, and Washington DC are preferred.

This position will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability Program and will drive the program’s Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to meat production and consumption, industrial agriculture, overconsumption and population growth, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet.

This position is ideal for an experienced, creative and highly motivated campaigner that will lead our sustainable food initiatives, including our innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, which highlights the environmental devastation caused by meat production and encourages people to reduce their meat consumption as a critical part of reducing their environmental footprint.

The Senior Food Campaigner will work closely with the population and sustainability team, as well as other organizing, communications and conservation staff. The Campaigner must have excellent communication and organizational skills, an ability to think creatively and strategically, online and offline organizing experience, expertise and working knowledge of food systems, sustainability trends and agricultural policy in the United States, and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

This position will be responsible for:

Developing and executing campaigns, initiatives, outreach and online and offline actions to raise public awareness about the connection between industrial agriculture — particularly meat production — and the environment, and encourage people to reduce their meat consumption.

Launching corporate and government policy campaigns that support the goal of reducing meat consumption in the United States and reducing threats to wildlife from industrial agriculture.

Developing the program’s messaging, positions and presence on sustainable food-related issues to become a national leader and voice on meat consumption, food production and population issues for media, policymakers, allies and Center supporters.

Creating outreach materials and resources for Take Extinction Off Your Plate, including new and updated web pages, factsheets, research, reports, op-eds and social media content.

Generating press releases and work with the media.

Tracking, analyzing and commenting on news, trends and science related to meat production and consumption and its impact on the environment.

Networking and building relationships with environmental, animal-protection, food-safety, health and justice organizations working on similar issues.

Working with the program director on strategic planning for continuing to expand the scope and reach of the Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

To be considered for this position we are looking for someone who has the following:

Five to seven years’ organizing experience —national-level organizing in food, environmental and/or animal protection issues preferred.

Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to take action online and offline.

Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.

Experience working with the media, giving interviews and writing press releases.
Proven management experience with short-term and long-term projects.

A solid grasp of issues related to animal agriculture, food-system trends, sustainable living, consumer choices and behavior change, overconsumption, population, endangered species and climate change, and knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these issues.

Strong organization, planning and time-management skills.

A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.

Minimum associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.

Nonprofit experience preferred.

We offer the following benefits package:

Generous medical and dental plan

Paid STD and LTD

403(b) with opportunity for match

Relaxed atmosphere and dress code

Work-life balance options

To apply for this position:

Please send a résumé via email (no paper) and thoughtful cover letter outlining your organizing experience and interest in the position via email (no paper) to