Public Lands Organizer


The Ohio Environmental Council

The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a full-time Public Lands Defense Organizer to defend federal conservation laws and Ohio’s federal public lands.

The Public Lands Defense Organizer will work with OEC’s staff to advocate for the protection of federal public lands and conservation laws, policies, and regulations governing federal public lands. The Public Lands Organizer’s efforts will be focused on building a groundswell of statewide support for our core federal public lands defense issues.

Reporting to the Public Lands Director, this position is based in Columbus for one year. Continuation of the position is contingent on continued funding.

Job Responsibilities

The Organizer will:

  • Implement a field plan and communications strategy to build active and engaged grassroots activists for a Public Lands Defense Campaign in coordination with OEC staff.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with key public land constituent groups including anglers and hunters, local businesses, outdoor groups, and other interested stakeholders.
  • Train and engage volunteer leaders to build the grassroots activists list and provide action plans for them to grow the effort (e.g., tabling, letter writing to Congressional members, letters-to-the-editor, phone banking).
  • Organize events focused on public lands support (e.g. town halls, public lands days/rallies) and generate earned media.
  • Organize Congressional field trips.

Performance Expectations

  • Demonstrate initiative and work both as a team player and independently. Have a flexible and positive attitude. Approach work with the spirit of “'yes,” and adapt quickly to change.
  • Frequent local travel and occasional overnight or out-of-state travel may be required for meetings with partners, donors, reporters/editorial boards, and for conferences. Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.


  • Demonstrated passion for environmental issues and protection of natural resources. Knowledge of the Ohio political landscape is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate with diverse individuals across the political spectrum.


Salary depends on experience and is competitive. Excellent benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance, flexible and dependent care spending account, generous paid time off, and employer-matched retirement fund. This position will last for one year, with additional continuation contingent on continued funding.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state's most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination in employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran's status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and three references to with “Public Lands Organizer” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


1145 Chesapeake Ave., Columbus, OH 43212


Sunday, April 30, 2017