Careers and Internships

Northern Plains Resource Council

“This thriving citizens organization exemplifies the ideal of public involvement in public processes.”– Billings Gazette

Join our team of energized and exceptional staff who work side by side to bring about social justice and environmental protection! Northern Plains Resource Council is a non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1972. We are committed to land stewardship, the preservation of family farms and ranches and small businesses, and to providing the information and tools necessary to give citizens an effective voice in decisions that affect their lives. We strive to protect Montana’s water, land, and unique quality of life so we can protect them for future generations.


FIELD ORGANIZER

Join our team of organizers and program staff as a Field Organizer to make the world a better place! Take part in our work to promote water quality, renewable energy, local food and economic systems, and healthy soil. Make change happen at the grassroots level.

LOCATION: Billings, Montana

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Each of our organizers works with Northern Plains as a whole, with our locally-based affiliate groups, (mostly in small, rural communities), and with our issue task forces. Overnight travel averages perhaps 2-3 times a month. As a Northern Plains Organizer, you won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.

This is a permanent, salaried position.

Occasional overnight travel is required.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts;
  • Train members in organizational skills;
  • Organize meetings and events;
  • Communicate clearly, orally and in writing;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, and routine office tasks;
  • Help produce earned media in the form of letters to the editor and press coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS:

These qualifications are preferred, but not required. We are willing to train the right candidate who shows a passion for Northern Plains’ work.

  • Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values.
  • Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight.
  • willingness to work long hours when needed.
  • Good “people” skills

Also helpful:

  • Experience (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues.
  • Experience in a political campaign.
  • General familiarity with the workings of legislative bodies and agencies.
  • Familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues.
  • Experience with the media and fundraising.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

This position starts at $32,000-$36,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance, 4 weeks’ paid vacation, 8 paid holidays, flex time, advancement opportunities, paid sick leave, and a pension program. Offices are located within easy reach of rivers, mountains, hiking, fishing, and camping!

 

TO APPLY:

This position is open until filled, but we encourage applications as soon as possible.

Email the following to olivia@northernplains.org :

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Or mail to:

Olivia Stockman Splinter
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101

Call (406) 248-1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org .


CANVASSERS

Do you love working with people? Do you want to make a difference in Montana? Northern Plains Resource Council (Northern Plains) is hiring canvassers through the 2018 election cycle.

LOCATION: Billings

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

Northern Plains is a non-profit 501 c(3) grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life. Our mission is to protect Montana’s greatest assets: the quality of our natural resources, the character and viability of family-based agriculture, and the ability of citizens to shape the public policies that affect our land, our water, and our lives so that we may pass them on, unimpaired, to future generations.

A robust field program is central to meeting this mission. As part a canvass team, you won’t be tied to a desk. You will be making change happen at the local level by executing a winning field operation. Canvassers will gain familiarity with the VAN database of registered voters.

This position will be based in Billings, Montana, but occasional out-of-town, overnight travel will be requested.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Canvassing doors using talking points provided – this job involves a lot of walking
  • Recruiting new members
  • Phone banking
  • Keeping accurate data

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent people skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Flexibility in traveling around the state for the canvass program, including holding a valid driver’s license
  • Self-motivated and a team player
  • Commitment to the mission and environmental values of the organization.

COMPENSATION:  Compensation will be commensurate with experience, $13-$14/hour with end-of-contract bonus.

The position will run through November 5, 2018.

TO APPLY:

Email the following to Marc Sanson at marc@northernplains.org:

  • A letter of interest explaining how your skills and experience match the position description,
  • A resume, and
  • Three references with phone numbers

The position is open until filled, but we encourage applications to be submitted ASAP. Northern Plains is an equal opportunity employer.

For questions, email marc@northernplains.org


FOOD HUB GENERAL MANAGER

Do you support local foods and want to play a role in expanding our local food economy?  We’re hiring a General Manager for the long-awaited Yellowstone Valley Food Hub!

LOCATION: Billings

ABOUT THE YELLOWSTONE VALLEY FOOD HUB: 

Food producers working with Northern Plains have laid the groundwork to think through what is needed to make local foods a more viable option in the Billings area. A business plan was commissioned and completed in 2017, and our fundraising campaign was initiated in early 2018. The Yellowstone Valley Food Hub will aggregate, distribute, and market both meat and vegetable products into a year-round multiple-producer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and oversee the sales and distribution of member producers’ products into restaurants and eventually into larger institutions in the Billings area.

STAFF ROLE WITHIN NORTHERN PLAINS: 

The General Manager will work with the staff and board of the Northern Plains Resource Council, along with a group of local producers, to launch a Food Hub in Yellowstone County in the last quarter of 2018.

Until the Food Hub is incorporated as a stand-alone cooperative and spun off, Northern Plains Resource Council will serve as the fiscal sponsor while also supervising and overseeing the General Manager and the project as a whole.

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The General Manager is in charge of executing the decisions related to the creation of the Food Hub, implementing the business plan, recruiting more farmers and ranchers to participate, engaging more wholesale accounts, overseeing the marketing strategy, and fundraising. The General Manager will be the only paid staff of the Food HUb until it grows into a profitable organization.

This is a full-time salaried position and is considered a professional administrative and exempt position. He/she must use his/her independent judgment to develop and execute strategies to achieve the organization’s goals. The Food Hub General Manager will be supervised by the Staff Director of Northern Plains until incorporation of the Food Hub, at which point he/she will be accountable to the Food Hub’s Board of Directors.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The General Manager (GM) will work closely with our core set of producers, frequently visiting their operations and learning about their products.
  • Financial duties such as filing necessary forms, reports, taxes, and other administrative documents.
  • Know and uphold food laws and food safety standards.
  • Understand the market.
  • Organize/hold producer, board, and general membership meetings.
  • Develop new buyer accounts (e.g. restaurants, etc).
  • Receive and organize food drop-offs.
  • Coordinate deliveries and deliver on behalf of the Food Hub until it expands and requires additional staff. Food products are coming from up to 90 miles outside of Billings.
  • Oversee marketing and communications of the Food Hub.
  • Select and manage a point-of-sale (POS) system.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with producers, community, and markets.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The GM must believe in the importance of a local food system and also have a passion for food and agriculture.
  • The GM must also be committed to the cooperative business model.
  • The GM would ideally have experience working with a community food hub, other food purchasing or distribution, or otherwise have a professional background in food or agriculture.
  • Financial skills, business management experience or education is preferred.
  • Individual must be personable, pay strong attention to detail, and have good time management skills.
  • The GM must thoroughly learn the uniqueness of our region and its food supply, demand, and potential.
  • Good driving record, reliable car, and driver’s license.
  • Food safety training and certification is a plus!

COMPENSATION:  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY:

Email the following to Olivia Stockman Splinter at olivia@northernplains.org.

  • A letter of interest explaining how your skills and experience match the position description,
  • A resume, and
  • Three references with phone numbers

The position is open until filled, but we encourage applications to be submitted ASAP. Northern Plains is an equal opportunity employer.

For questions, email olivia@northernplains.org

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
info@northernplains.org