Climate Change Campaigner

About the Climate Change Campaigner

Are you a strategic and creative campaigner who is passionate about organizing and mobilizing people to take local climate action? The Climate Change Campaigner position offers an exciting opportunity to deepen and grow people power, through in-person outreach, digital activation, and compelling campaigns. The Climate Change Campaigner makes links between environmental crises and people’s everyday lives, connecting climate to improved health and more vibrant communities. The environmental movement requires every one of us, and at a moment when climate action has never been more urgent, this role is focused on mobilizing Ottawans to speak up to decision-makers so together we can create a green, equitable, and resilient city.

About Ecology Ottawa

Ecology Ottawa is a leader in the environmental movement in our nation’s capital. With a network of tens of thousands of people, Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization that organizes in communities, engages citizens, and collaborates with partners. Ecology Ottawa is working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, and engages citizens in influencing decision-makers so that together we are creating a city that is renewable, active, and biodiverse.


Campaigns and Engagement Organizing (50%)

  • Lead climate change and environmental campaigns, such as our Breathe Easy air quality monitoring campaign and our Electric School Bus campaign
  • Develop campaign materials, including petitions, web page content, reports, and campaign strategies, in collaboration with the Communications and Events Organizer
  • Project manage campaigns, including work plans and monitoring progress
  • Maintain and expand Ecology Ottawa’s base of grassroots support through organizing door-to-door outreach and participation at community events
  • Grow and guide a community of volunteers to expand impact of campaigns
  • Manage budgets for campaigns
  • Process, enter and update supporter data into Ecology Ottawa’s database
  • Utilize tools like NationBuilder platform to organize and mobilize community members, and New/Mode to support community members to contact decision-makers

Collaboration (20%)

  • Collaborate with the Communications and Events Organizer to host Grassroots Groundswell, an annual provincial convening of grassroots organizations from across the province
  • Act as a convener and collaborator with key partners and coalitions
  • Contribute to team meetings, and collaborate with team members
  • Positively contribute to team culture of kindness and support
  • Provide support to staff for campaign-specific events and activities, such as our annual Eco Gala fundraiser

Policy and Political Action (15%)

  • Work with the Executive Director, the Ecology Ottawa team, and community members to analyze and respond to climate-related policy developments
  • Develop and/or contribute to policy positions and policy recommendations on key issues
  • Organize (often in collaboration with other organizations) rallies to show support or opposition for key policy issues
  • Conduct delegations to City committees to inform City Councillors in advance of making key policy decisions

Grants Development and Reporting (15%)

  • Apply and/or contribute to grant proposals to secure funding for campaigns and projects
  • Ensure implementation of grant agreements on relevant files, including following funder guidelines
  • Fulfill reporting requirements on grant agreements, with interim and final reports as applicable

Skills and Experience

We encourage you to apply if you believe you are a good fit, even if you do not have all of these skills and experiences.

  • Two+ years’ experience in organizing and/or campaigning and/or mission-driven program leadership
  • Strong knowledge of climate change and environmental issues, particularly at the municipal level, with passion for environmentalism and equity
  • Passion and talent for organizing people, and motivating community members and supporters to take action
  • Strong communications skills, in various mediums for varied audiences, with a passion for mobilizing people power through inspiring and informing them
  • Experience with project management, with the ability to deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Expertise in researching and writing reports
  • Experience in writing grant proposals and/or implementing grant agreements
  • Familiarity with tools such as NationBuilder and New/Mode
  • Comfort delivering presentations and delegations
  • Highly organized and capable
  • Energized and driven
  • Bilingual (asset)


Benefits to Being a Part of the Ecology Ottawa Team

  • Meaningful, mission-driven work environment, with opportunity to learn about a diversity of local environmental issues and make connections with a thriving environmental community in Ottawa
  • Possibility for remote and in-person office, based on personal preference, in a primarily virtual work environment with in-person events and social gatherings
  • Supportive work culture, and encouragement for initiative and creativity
  • Twenty days paid vacation per year plus a bonus week at year-end holidays
  • This role has a $50,000-$55,000 salary for full-time (40 hours/week), with annual cost of living increases
  • Benefits including dental
  • Unionized work environment


Commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity and Belonging

Ecology Ottawa was born out of the belief that people of all backgrounds and in all neighbourhoods care about the environment. We believe that environmental progress needs to be intersectional, and tackling climate change is an opportunity to build coalitions with a diversity of issue areas and groups to advance collective well-being. As a leading organization within Ottawa's environmental community that works with partners across sectors, we understand and are working towards ensuring that diversity, equity and belonging are core to our continuing collective impact.

Ecology Ottawa is committed to employment equity and seeks diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including: women, transgender, non-binary and 2SLGTBQ+ individuals; First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals; persons with disabilities; and members of racialized and marginalized groups.


How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume by June 20 at ZoHo link. We will contact candidates whom we are interested in inviting to an interview. Thank you for applying!

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