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Field Organizer

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

For 47 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has helped Montanans organize to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life.

LOCATION: Billings, Montana


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. Check out our website for more information on the organization:

This is a permanent, salaried, and exempt position.


  • 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


  • 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 and be away overnight
  • willingness to work long hours when needed.

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

This is very much a “people” job.


$31,000- $35,000 starting salary, depending on experience; health insurance; 4 weeks paid vacation; pension program; 8 paid holidays, paid sick leave; flex time, opportunity for advancement, sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.


Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. Early applications encouraged to apply.

Email the following to Sydney Ausen, Sydney@northernplains.org:

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