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Legislative Intern | 2021 Montana Legislature

At the Northern Plains Resource Council, we believe that true prosperity begins with healthy land, water, and air. We believe that our families, farms, ranches, schools, businesses, governments, and communities thrive when we are good stewards of these resources. We believe that if we look beyond our fences, listen to one another, and keep our minds open, we will find creative solutions to secure a clean, healthful environment for all.

We are working toward a future where we live in harmony with nature, where our economy serves the people rather than the people serving the economy, where neighbors work side-by-side to build a world that lives up to our ideals of fairness, inclusion, and justice.

Our mission is to protect Montana’s greatest assets – the quality of our natural resources and the ability of people 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. Read more about our mission.

Legislative Internship Summary: Northern Plains Resource Council is accepting applications for interns for our legislative program during the 2021 session of the Montana Legislature.  Our legislative program works to advance a range of policy goals in Helena and works on issues including a just transition to a clean energy economy and energy policy, landowner rights in the face of oil and gas development, family-based agriculture, and the right of all Montanans to a clean and healthful environment.

The Legislative Intern is critical to the success of Northern Plains’ legislative program because the Legislative Intern will assist in developing opportunities to engage everyday Montanans in the decisions that impact their lives.

The Legislative intern will report directly to the Legislative Organizer.

Location:  Helena, Montana

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and implementing the Northern Plains legislative phone trees.
  • Tracking legislation and attending hearings as directed by the Legislative Organizer.
  • Assisting in researching and writing factsheets and other materials for distribution to legislators and to Northern Plains members.
  • Assisting the Legislative Organizer and other Northern Plains staff with hosting Northern Plains Days of Action and Citizen Lobby Days in Helena, including arranging logistics such as home stays for members, meals, and accommodations
  • Preparing a weekly calendar of relevant events at the Capitol.
  • Assisting in member turnout to key hearings.
  • Updating Northern Plains’ website in relation to our legislative activities and bill positions.
  • Assisting in writing weekly legislative bulletins.
  • Other office duties as needed.

Pandemic precautions:

Northern Plains exercises due caution in our day-to-day work as long as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens peoples’ health, and we will not knowingly put an intern in a dangerous situation. We will expect our Legislative Intern to exercise similar caution in working with our staff, members, legislators, and others.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to Northern Plains’ vision, values, and issues, and the ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of current political trends and legislative events.
  • Computer skills.
  • Preferred: some experience working on a political campaign.

Compensation:   $13-$16/hour, commensurate with experience.

Hours: The Legislative Intern is expected to work at least 20-30 hours per week (up to 40) between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Term of employment: November 30, 2020 (flexible) through the duration of the 2021 Montana Legislature (probably early May 2021).

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, 2 references, and short writing sample by email to: Makenna Sellers – Legislative Organizer at Makenna@northernplains.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30th.