Northeast Minnesota Organizer

Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Location: Duluth

OVERVIEW: Connect diverse stakeholders with resources on environmental and conservation issues important to them. Help MEP expand its base of outreach and understand the interests of frontline communities. Partner on environmental justice issues and help frontline communities achieve their goals in relation to protecting and restoring Lake Superior and its watershed.

ABOUT MEP: The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is a statewide coalition of environmental and conservation nonprofits. Our coalition exists to help diverse environmental nonprofits be successful by working together. The mission of MEP is to make that success possible by strengthening the effectiveness and building the power of our members to achieve the highest quality natural environment for Minnesotans. More than 70 nonprofits throughout the state are members of MEP and work together on the most pressing issues facing Minnesota’s Great Outdoors by sharing information, planning and implementing policy campaigns, and “speaking with one voice” on critical environmental issues.

ACCOUNTABLE TO: MEP Great Lakes Program Director

JOB STATUS: 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)

COMPENSATION: $20.00/hour, plus access to pro-rated benefits package including vacation time, sick leave, and holidays.

TRAVEL: The Organizer will travel for work within the Duluth and Cloquet area frequently. Organizer may at times need access to a personal vehicle. Travel will occasionally also include to the MEP office in St. Paul or out-of-state.

EXPENSES: All relevant travel expenses including mileage will be reimbursed at the federal mileage or per diem rate.



Some of the environmental issues that the organizer may engage in are:

  • Water quality in the St. Louis River, especially mercury contamination
  • Fish consumption advisories in the St. Louis River
  • Access to the St. Louis River for fishing, swimming and recreation
  • Impact of proposed sulfide mines on health, water and air quality.
  • Clean and safe drinking water
  • Compliance with Federal water quality standards
  • Habitat restoration and its benefits to the local community


  1. Work with diverse communities along the St. Louis River, including Indigenous and other frontline communities, to develop relationships and engage on issues of shared
    1. Work with established community groups to open and maintain lines of communication and collaboration with mainstream environmental organizations. This could include attending meetings and events, establishing personal relationships with members of community groups, and arranging events and meetings between community groups and mainstream environmental organizations.
    2. Directly contact residents, for example through tabling at events, visits to fishing piers and bait shops, and attending neighborhood group meetings.
    3. With support from MEP Great Lakes Program Director and based on community input, develop new engagement methods to accomplish community environmental goals.
  1. Provide support and serve in an advisory capacity to MEP’s Mining Cluster (a working committee of nonprofits engaged in mining issues)
    1. Participate in all cluster phone meetings and in-person meetings.
    2. Integrate the cluster with MEP procedures, project and programs.
    3. Advise and assist the Cluster in determining and meeting its goals.
  1. Work with MEP member groups and emerging environmental groups in the region to identify community organizing needs, and to assist in carrying out campaigns and


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (environmental sciences, political science, social work, Indigenous studies, etc.) OR One years’ experience in community organizing, conservation policy or related field. Community organizing work can include both volunteer and paid work, such as outreach to church and civic groups, door-to-door canvassing, tabling at events, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people of color and frontline communities.

Additional desired qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and Comfortable using technology and an ability to learn new technologies quickly. Training will be available.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

MEP recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and members and in supporting its mission. As such, MEP is committed to attracting and retaining employees who contribute to the cultural diversity of our workplace. MEP strives to be culturally competent, welcoming and inclusive of all people. MEP is committed to using our resources and influence to redress structural inequality where it intersects with the health and vitality of the natural environment. We encourage interested applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter and resume to:

CONTACT: Questions may be addressed to Andrew Slade, 218-727-0800,

DEADLINE: Posting open until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 18, 2019.