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  • May 30th, 2013


    The Utah Grassroots Organizer spends approximately 2/3rds of their time working to advance the goal of building and maintaining cohesive statewide support for SUWA’s congressional and administrative efforts to protect Utah’s wilderness lands. The remaining 1/3rd time is spent maintaining and expanding SUWA’s social media outreach through the use of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other platforms and services as appropriate, and coordinating and expanding SUWA’s network of online activists.

    Reporting to the Media Director and working with the grassroots team, this person will plan and implement direct organizing activities in Utah, with a focus on the Wasatch Front; develop and maintain a grassroots network in Utah among key identified constituencies; and work cooperatively with staff and volunteers to achieve these goals.  S/he will also develop educational outreach materials, coordinate with grassroots and legislative staff with other wilderness advocacy organizations, and build SUWA’s online presence

    A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation and sick days.  Opportunities for additional training are available. This position will work out of SUWA’s Salt Lake City office.


    To effectively perform this role, this person must possess  excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to build and maintain relationships; a strong grasp of social media including best practices; and should be self-motivated and committed to the preservation of wilderness.  Experience in and enthusiasm for grassroots and netroots organizing strongly preferred. Experience in environmental/wilderness issues or with Congress is preferred, but not required. Familiarity with WordPress, HTML, and CSS is a plus.


    • Work with campaign directors and the grassroots team to develop and implement strategies advancing SUWA’s multiple wilderness campaigns, including America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, the Greater Canyonlands National Monument Campaign, and SUWA’s campaign to block Utah’s anti-federal “land grab.”
    • Plan and implement Utah wilderness slideshows and tabling events in Utah in order to cultivate new Utah activists, engaging established “super-volunteers” in the process.
    • Cultivate super volunteers in strategic congressional districts through regular phone and web communication on legislative matters affecting public lands in Utah.
    • Prepare and disseminate grassroots educational materials on congressional/administrative actions effecting the wild lands of Utah.
    • Build SUWA’s capacity to generate Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds, and other grassroots-written public communications.
    • Format and edit email action alerts when needed; creating online surveys and petitions; post blogs and press releases to website;  ensure news and other online content is distributed through social media; maintains Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Twitter accounts; manage and other third party petitions and data entry from petition signers; moderate comments on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and the SUWA blog.

    How to Apply

    Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to by Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Please include the words “Utah Organizer” in your subject line.

  • May 24th, 2013
    Federal Plan Threatens Land, Water, Wildlife and Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Carbon Dioxide Nears Dangerous 400 ppm Milestone
    A coalition of conservation groups today filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management under the Endangered Species Act for allocating more than 800,000 acres of federal public land in the Colorado River Basin to greenhouse-gas-intensive oil shale and tar-sands development without protecting endangered species and their habitat.
    “Large-scale strip mining of the dirtiest kinds of fossil fuels is neither safe nor sustainable public policy,” said Taylor McKinnon, director of energy with Grand Canyon Trust. “This plan threatens to industrialize backcountry, pollute air and water, destroy habitat, and commit the Colorado River Basin to an even drier future.”
    “The Colorado River has nothing left to give, and it’s not in the public interest to allow water guzzling mining projects to mangle and pollute the productivity of this vital watershed any further,” said John Weisheit, Living Rivers’ conservation director.
    “Leasing for oil shale and tar sands is just a bad idea,” said Steve Bloch, Litigation Director at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.  “Development of these leases presents a threat to wilderness areas on the Colorado Plateau.  Development would also further degrade the region’s air quality, harm native ecosystems, and exacerbate the harmful impacts that we’re already seeing from climate change.”
    On March 22 the BLM amended 10 resource management plans in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, making 687,600 acres available for oil shale leasing and 132,100 acres available for tar-sands leasing. The BLM refused to conduct formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species despite acknowledging likely impacts to Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, razorback sucker, Mexican spotted owl and many other threatened and endangered species.
    “Strip mining of our public lands will push endangered species closer to extinction,” said Matt Sandler, staff attorney with Rocky Mountain Wild. “BLM should be working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve species, not furthering their demise on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.”
    Extracting oil shale and tar sands is an energy-intensive process of strip mining, melting, and chemically separating oil from sand and rock. Strip mining would destroy vast tracts of land and habitat and mobilize toxins threatening watersheds of the Colorado River and its tributaries.
    “Our public lands should be managed to protect our air, water and wildlife, not auctioned off for dirty and destructive fossil fuel development that will push us ever closer to climate disaster,” said Brendan Cummings, senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity.
    The BLM’s decision comes as atmospheric CO2 concentrations approach 400 parts per million, a milestone in human history. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from oil shale and tar sands development in the Colorado River Basin would far exceed that of conventional oil. For example, emissions from Alberta’s tar sands development exceed that of conventional oil by several times.
    “The BLM should be managing these wild areas for the rich wildlife diversity they provide,” said Eric Huber, Sierra Club senior managing attorney, “not for dirty fuels development on a giant scale.”
    Groups filing today’s notice are Grand Canyon Trust, Living Rivers, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club.
    To download a copy of today’s notice, click here (opens in PDF).
  • May 22nd, 2013

    Educators, parents and students spoke out against Governor Herbert’s land grab in Utah today, united by a concern for Utah’s children and public lands. Rejecting the claim that state control of federal lands could benefit education, speakers urged the Governor to “safeguard – not to seize – Utah’s public lands.”

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