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  • irvin dawid
    Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Advocate. The Advocate will promote the mission of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2009
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      Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Advocate. The
      Advocate will promote the mission of SCVAS by advancing our goals with
      local governments and the public, cooperating with other local
      environmental groups, and interacting with colleagues at Audubon
      California in Sacramento. The Advocate reports to the Executive Director. This is a 3-year / 32-hour per week position.
      The
      mission of SCVAS--a local chapter of the National Audubon Society--is
      to preserve, restore, and foster public awareness of native birds and
      their ecosystems, with a focus on Santa Clara County. Santa
      Clara County is at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay and may best
      be known as a world leader in electronic technology. Affiliated with
      the National Audubon Society, SCVAS is a separate nonprofit entity with
      its own staff, programs and Board of Directors. GENERAL DUTIES� 40%
      - Represents SCVAS at government meetings and hearings; works with the
      SCVAS Environmental Action Committee and other volunteers. � 40%
      - Coordinates conservation projects and campaigns, arranges and
      participates in meetings with community activists, and keeps the
      organization abreast of issues of interest to SCVAS.� 20%
      - Prepares background materials, talking points, and recommended
      courses of action for issues or projects SCVAS may wish to pursue, and
      supports SCVAS fundraising efforts. SPECIFIC DUTIES� Attends
      hearings of local city councils, planning commissions, and other
      governmental entities--often in the evening--to represent SCVAS on
      local and regional issues.� Builds
      relationships with government officials and their staff members,
      citizen's groups, other conservation organizations, and volunteers in
      order to both educate them on SCVAS issues and to accomplish our
      conservation goals.� Attends events, often on weekends, to represent SCVAS.� Prepares for and attends SCVAS�s Environmental Action Committee meetings.� Answers
      inquiries from and advises members of the public on environmental
      issues of importance, and evaluates whether SCVAS should become
      involved.� Prepares or coordinates comments on Environmental Impact Reports and other public review documents on behalf of SCVAS.� Prepares monthly reports for Board review and interim reports as needed. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:� Passion for conservation campaigns, environmental policy, community organizing.� Demonstrated experience in environmental advocacy.� Bachelor�s degree: environmental studies, planning, public policy, and/or conservation biology. � Ability to successfully represent SCVAS to the public in a professional manner, especially in public speaking.� Demonstrated ability to communicate complicated issues to a lay audience, both orally and in writing. � Time
      management and organizational skills, including the ability to maintain
      flexible schedules that allow attending evening meetings, and to work
      as a team to achieve common goals.� Ability to interact with staff at all levels of an organization in a professional, courteous and tactful manner.� Initiative, good judgment, and an ability to work independently, under pressure, in a changing environment. Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:� Knowledge
      of the California Environmental Quality Act, and ability to apply that
      knowledge to preparation of comments on Environmental Impact Reports.� Experience in bringing legal action related to environmental issues against public and/or or private agencies.� Experience with land use planning and permitting processes. COMPENSATION:This
      is a 4/5ths time position, funded for a minimum of 3 years. Salary will
      be based on relevant experience and will be competitive with comparable
      positions in the field. We offer medical, dental, sick and vacation
      leave. SCVAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Bob Power at: bob@....





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