The Director of Advocacy leads ForestWatch’s programs to engage, inspire, and empower the public to protect our region’s public lands. The position educates community members and decision-makers about the threats facing these iconic landscapes, amplifies and advocates for solutions to the environmental crisis, and provides residents with the tools needed to make their voices heard. Working closely with the Conservation Director and other staff, the Director of Advocacy will use community organizing, coalition building, advocacy, education, and creative media to support ForestWatch objectives.
The Director of Advocacy develops and implements plans for grassroots land and wildlife protection campaigns, builds and maintains positive relationships with local elected officials and partner organizations, and mobilizes our 29,000+ online advocates to advance the protection of Los Padres National Forest. They also build relationships with media, present testimony at public hearings, represent ForestWatch at community events and festivals, and grow relationships with diverse groups including environmentalists, social justice advocates, Indigenous allies, landowners, local businesses, and forest users. The Director of Advocacy is skilled at communication, coalition-building, media relations, and working at the intersection of policy, science, and law.
Our work spans 220 miles of some of California’s most spectacular landscapes, from the famed Big Sur shoreline to the rugged backcountry of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. We protect these lands from development, mobilize volunteers to clean up trash and restore wildlife habitat, and engage underserved youth and their families to inspire connections with nature. The Advocacy Director will help us propel our successful eighteen-year track record of meaningful, long-lasting achievements.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
ForestWatch welcomes diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for all employees that encourages and celebrates differences. Our staff and Board strive to incorporate inclusive practices in the performance of all duties and responsibilities, on a consistent and ongoing basis, and continually work to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
How to Apply
See the full Director of Advocacy Job Announcement for a list of responsibilities, qualifications, compensation, and application instructions. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.