The Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN), a fiscally sponsored project of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), is accepting applications from motivated individuals to fill a full-time Community Organizer and Air Monitoring Technician position based
in Kern County.
CCEJN seeks to preserve the natural resources of the San Joaquin Valley by working towards minimizing or eliminating environmental degradation within our communities. Rural communities in California’s Central Valley suffer a disproportionate amount of negative health, social, and economic impacts due to disproportionate environmental degradation. CCEJN upholds the principles of environmental justice through direct action, movement building, advocacy, and resident engagement in all of its efforts. CCEJN is looking for candidates who share our organizational values and are interested in working in the field of environmental justice issues in Kern County.
CCEJN is looking to hire a full time Bakersfield-based Community Organizer and Air Monitoring Technician position that would be responsible for conducting outreach in disadvantaged communities in Kern County and building community capacity by educating and engaging Kern residents on ongoing climate justice issues around oil and gas operations in neighborhoods.
This staffer will conduct on-the-ground work with CCEJN Kern staff and community leaders as well as get training in the proper use of the methane-detecting technology, conduct near-well site inspections, and conduct outreach and education efforts including but not limited to canvassing, flyering and organizing residents. The Community Organizer will report directly to CCEJN’s Kern County Director.
This is a non-exempt full-time position. It is expected that this person will work approximately
40 hours per week, with flexibility for in-office and in-the-field work hours.
- Educate community members on basic environmental literacy concepts and methods to identify and report environmental problems through the IVAN Kern Reporting Network
- Develop and maintain a central database of all data collected through air monitoring networks and other community science projects
- Work with regulatory agencies to understand the policies and programs (i.e. Community Air Protection Program, Methane Rule) that are created to reduce pollution and monitor its proper implementation
- Attend monthly IVAN Kern task force meetings
- Respond to possible leaks by alerting relevant agencies, partners, the media, and key legislators and agency staff to the leaks
- Maintain communication with residents until the repairs are complete and resolved
- Conduct regular community monitoring of high priority sites in communities using community science tools such as infrared cameras and air sampling technology.
- Host community meetings for impacted residents to learn about the incident(s), meet other impacted neighbors, learn about and share health impacts, and build power.
- Create & Follow a work plan and scope of work for all the various activities in the project;
- Attend meetings on behalf of CCEJN or tend to other duties related to the organization as assigned;
- Collaborate with other organizations in Kern County and across the state to advance environmental justice issues affecting Kern County residents; and
- Other duties as assigned by CCEJN’s Director.
- One to two years of community organizing experience
- Basic knowledge on community air monitoring technologies or willingness to learn
- Fluent in Spanish and English
- Ability to work well with diverse groups
- Must work with limited supervision—create sound work style and be able to develop their own schedule in order to complete project tasks
- Strong communication skills both oral and written
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
- Strong commitment to environmental justice and the mission of CCEJN
- Ability and willingness to travel within Kern County and other parts of California and to have a flexible schedule as needed
- Current driver’s license and fully-insured personal vehicle
- Completed courses in an accredited college or university on Environmental Science, Social or Health Sciences
- Experience doing advocacy work.
Working Environment & Travel
This position is based out of CCEJN’s Bakersfield office, and regular travel in Kern County is required. Occasional travel outside of the local area may be required to attend coalition events across the state. Due to the nature of community organizing, the organizer will be required to work some nights/weekends.
Supervisor Gustavo Aguirre Jr. will conduct a formal review at the end of the first three months and thereafter annually.
Starting Date: Open until filled
Compensation: $48,000 – $54,000 depending on experience
How to Apply
Interested candidates must send an e-mail that includes a cover letter, resume and 3 work and/or school references to Nayamin.Martinez@outlook.com with “CCEJN Kern County Community Organizer” in the subject line. For more information about the position please contact Gustavo Aguirre Jr. at 559-907-2140.