The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 39 years of achievements, 3,500 members and volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, restoring degraded landscapes, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.
People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and time again. Today, the core of SYRCL’s advocacy work is focused on tracking and addressing threats such as the proposed Centennial Dam on the Bear River, advocating for wild salmon, negotiating for improved flows and other environmental outcomes in hydropower dam relicensing forums, leading our Growing Green for the Yuba campaign, addressing Clean Water Act § 401 violations, and remaining vigilant and prepared for unexpected threats to the watershed.
We seek a proven Policy Director who is a trained advocate with excellent leadership, communication, community organizing, and coalition-building skills. A successful candidate will be highly skilled using policy, advocacy, legal, scientific, and communication tools to protect the watershed.
Additionally, experience managing successful grassroots campaigns, building strategic coalitions, collaborating closely with program staff across all departments, and raising funds is essential.
The successful candidate will help set and advance SYRCL’s advocacy priorities including:
This position requires frequent computer use, extended periods of time sitting at a desk, and occasional lifting of up to 20 pounds. Additionally, the ability to speak clearly and be understood by others is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The compensation package includes an annual salary of $65,000-$80,000 depending on education and experience, starting paid vacation of 14 days per year on an accrual basis, 10 paid holidays, 3 sick days, 100% employer paid health insurance, and 401(k) retirement match (fully vested after 3 years). The position requires occasional travel within California (generally to Sacramento) and occasional nights and weekend work.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by August 14, 2022. First contact will be a phone screen interview; next round will be a video call panel interview; final candidates will be invited for an in-person interview.
This position is open until filled. Cover letter and resume required for online application submission.
SYRCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
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