Mining Project Outreach Job Announcement

The Sierra Fund’s Mining Project Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for conducting a Sierra-wide outreach and education program on the legacy health and environmental problems left over from California’s Gold Rush.  Outreach will include ways of protecting communities and the environment from further contamination, and stimulating public investment in cleanup.  The Coordinator will work with public health officers, land use planners, conservation groups, and tribal organizations to ensure that they understand the problem as it affects their community, and are part of designing the solutions for cleanup.

The Mining Project Coordinator must be able to travel regularly to each of the six regions of the Sierra in order to engage the public in dialogue about what to do about mining’s toxic legacy through organization and convention of public meetings and attending public events with information.  The organizer must be willing to set up meetings with and make presentations on the topic to a variety of local and state decision makers.  The organizer will work with project advisors in developing and implementing their work plan.

The Mining Project Coordinator will be under the direction of the Mining Project Science Director.

Experience in the following areas would be welcome:

*  Public speaking, including developing presentations for a variety of audiences and settings;

*  Organization of public education events, from small to large-scale;

*  Public relations experience such as writing press releases, developing leaflets or brochures, or organizing press conferences; and

*  Basic computer skills including use of email, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft word, and PowerPoint.

A Bachelors degree or higher and a background in science, health or policy would be preferred.  Individual must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.  This job will include some weekend and evening work.  All travel expenses will be paid, including mileage, meals and lodging.

The compensation package includes full health insurance (after short probation period), vacation, holiday and sick leave. 

Salary ranges from $25,000 – $30,000, depending on experience.

Send a short letter explaining why this job interests you and outlining the skills you bring to the position, along with a short resume and contact information for three professional references by Monday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. to: 


Elizabeth Martin
The Sierra Fund
409 Spring Street
Nevada City, CA  95959
(530) 265-8454 x11 (voice)
(530) 265-8176  (fax)

Project Summary
The Sierra Fund’s Sierra Nevada Mining Toxins Initiative is working with partners from state, federal and tribal governments, academic, health and environmental organization to assess and address the long term impacts of California’s Gold Rush. The Sierra Fund’s report Mining’s Toxic Legacy is the first comprehensive evaluation of what happened during the Gold Rush, including the cultural, health and environmental impacts of that era; what obstacles lie in the way of addressing these impacts; and a strategic plan of action for cleaning up the Sierra Nevada, headwaters for more than 60% of California’s drinking water. 

The Sierra Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.