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Monterey & Santa Cruz Community Organizer

Start Date: December 16, 2019

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019 12:00pm

Salary: $40,000 – $45,000

Actual salary rate based on experience.



Full-time position with Californians for Pesticide Reform (formal employer Pesticide Action Network)
Location: Based in Monterey/Santa Cruz, with frequent regional and occasional statewide travel
Application deadline: November 15, 2019, or until job is filled, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis after November 15
Start date: December 16, 2019


Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) seeks motivated applicants for a full-time Community Organizer position to mobilize communities to win anti-pesticide campaigns in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties and support anti-pesticide campaigns statewide. The position will be housed at two locations: the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council office in Salinas and the Safe Ag Safe Schools (SASS) office in Watsonville.

Founded in 1996, CPR is an environmental health and justice coalition of over 190 organizations committed to protecting public health, preserving environmental quality and supporting a sustainable and just agricultural system by building a diverse statewide coalition to change statewide and local pesticide policies and practices.

The Community Organizer will work with existing Salinas and Watsonville branches of the local SASS coalition to build community capacity and empower community residents in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties to develop, plan, and implement campaigns to improve environmental health. The organizer will work closely with and mobilize Monterey and Santa Cruz ally organizations to address disparate environmental impacts on low-income communities of color caused by pesticide air pollution and water contamination.


Specifically, the Community Organizer is responsible for:

Community Training & Leadership Building

  • Recruit and train SASS branch members on pesticide issues using CPR’s pesticide training materials. Prioritize directly-affected community members, including farmworkers.
  • Coordinate at least one monthly meeting each of the Salinas and Watsonville SASS branches.
  • Provide skills training (media, legislative, organizing, etc.) to Monterey Bay community members as needed/requested.
  • Generate educational and training materials as needed for community use.
  • Arrange for translation/interpretation, as necessary.

Local Campaign Development & Implementation

  • Work with community members in the Monterey Bay region to develop and implement locally-relevant pesticide campaigns and workplans that align with CPR’s policy priorities.
  • Complete grant deliverables for local activities.
  • Provide policy analysis.
  • Testify at regulatory and policy hearings related to environmental justice and health.
  • Arrange for translation/interpretation, as necessary.

Coalition Building

  • Collaborate with community residents, allies, coalitions, and government agencies.
  • Build a strong local movement to change pesticide policy by recruiting strategic allies.
  • Recruit ally organizations to become members of the CPR coalition.

Coordination with Statewide Campaigns

  •  Implement CPR work plans in collaboration with other coalition member organizations.
  • Join relevant CPR campaign strategy and planning calls.
  • Assist core staff and other coalition members coordinate statewide CPR activities including CPR’s annual meeting, as necessary.

Media & Communications

  • Organize strategic media events for local campaigns and in support of statewide pesticide efforts. Act as key media contact.
  • Participate in CPR’s statewide communications strategy development, as time allows.

Fundraising & Reporting

  • Provide timely updates on work progress.
  • Work with CPR’s Co-Directors to assist in writing funding proposals and reports, as needed.


  • 2+ years of organizing experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of grassroots organizing strategies and tactics.
  • Campaign development experience preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours.
  • Regular travel within the Salinas Valley, and occasional travel to other parts of the state, required.
  • Valid Driver’s License, current insurance, and personal vehicle required.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office, Internet, Power Point, etc.).
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups, under challenging deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to CPR’s mission.


This position requires regular travel in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, with occasional travel outside the local area to attend coalition events across the state. Due to the nature of community organizing, the organizer will be required to work some nights/weekends.

This position is highly self-directed; supervision is minimal compared to many positions but will require regular, formal check-ins with CPR’s Organizing Director (likely weekly and even more frequently at the beginning). It is expected that the organizer will be available to the Organizing Director and CPR Co-Directors by email, text or phone in between regular check-ins. There is no direct administrative support.

Details at a glance

·  On-site Location

·  Full Time Schedule

·  2-Year Degree Required

·  Entry level

CPR offers an extensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and flexible scheduling.

Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual Spanish and English required.

How To Apply

For guaranteed consideration, please send an e-mail with “Monterey & Santa Cruz Community Organizer” in the subject line, including: 1) an attached letter of interest, 2) a resume, 3) contact information for three work references, and 4) a short (1-2 page) writing sample in English and Spanish to by or before November 15. After November 15, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the job is filled.

CPR embraces diversity and is actively committed to increasing diversity among our staff, board and volunteers. CPR is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees for reasons of race, color, disability, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, prior conviction or incarceration, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Location: Salinas and Watsonville, CA

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