Community Engagement Coordinator


Location: Twin Cities Metro
Job Type
: Part-time (20-25 hours/week) contract, some evening and weekend times


WaterLegacy is an award-winning Minnesota non-profit working at the cutting edge of advocacy and communications to prevent PolyMet and other sulfide mine pollution and protect clean water and environmental justice in the Lake Superior and Boundary Waters regions and throughout Minnesota. We are a lean, bold grassroots group dedicated to environmental health and justice and the protection of Minnesota’s precious water resources for generations to come.


As our Engagement Coordinator you’ll work under the supervision of WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director and Counsel and collaborate with our Communications Coordinator, volunteers and supporters, to build community support for WaterLegacy’s mission through organizing, digital communications, and engaging citizens in self-advocacy.

You’ll have the chance to develop skills, receive coaching and mentorship, and take initiative by developing engagement events to protect the environment and communities impacted by sulfide mining pollution. This position is part-time (20-25 hours/week).

Your Major Responsibilities:

  1. Brainstorm, plan, coordinate, and staff engagement events, including virtual events. When in-person engagement is possible, events will be held in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and other locations in Minnesota.

  2. Coordinate and build relationships with volunteers.

  3. Help educate, engage, and motivate WaterLegacy supporters to sign petitions, letters, make calls, testify at public hearings and engage in direct actions (when and in ways that are safe), and track and report results.

  4. Draft communications content, including website postings, social media, and direct emails.

  5. Provide outreach, support, research, and drafting to assist community members and allies in preparation for meetings and hearings.

  6. Assist in planning, staffing, drafting materials, and coordinating volunteers for fundraising events and campaigns.

  7. Learn to and make presentations on environmental issues to support organizing and advocacy.

What WaterLegacy Will Offer You:

  1. An opportunity to use your skills to connect with people and protect unique Minnesota clean waters and ecosystems and safeguard human health and social justice.

  2. Opportunities to use technology, such as webinars and podcasts, in strategic ways to advance citizen action to protect Minnesota’s water resources

  3. Mentoring by one of the State’s leading environmental lawyers and advocates to improve your writing expertise, strategic thinking, and policy knowledge.

  4. An entrepreneurial challenge where you can initiate and develop plans and build resources to grow your own position and responsibilities.

  5. A flexible schedule, allowing you to set your own hours while fulfilling meaningful work requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  1. College degree or two years communications, organizing and outreach experience.

  2. Excellent verbal, written, and social engagement communications skills.

  3. Experience working in team ecosystems, including being able to receive feedback, request direction, follow through on instructions, and meet deadlines, while also able to work independently and initiate tasks and proposals.

  4. Self-motivated, outgoing, strong work ethic, organized, and able to maintain accountability.

  5. Passion for non-profit mission of protecting clean water and environmental justice.

  6. Proficient in use of communications tools including Microsoft Office applications, design software, social media, and capacity to learn database and web content entry skills.

  7. Reliable car, cell phone, and recent model computer.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Cross-cultural competency and experience.

  2. Ability to think outside the box, initiate new and creative ideas, and provide artistic contributions or judgment.

  3. Experience with media relations, fundraising, and preparing and delivering educational presentations.

To Apply: Email your cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (e.g. press release, letter, article, or fact sheet) and contacts for three references to Advocacy Director and Counsel Paula Maccabee with the subject line “Application – WaterLegacy Engagement Coordinator,” at