Action Campaigner

  • Full Time
  • West Coast
  • Applications have closed

Website Greenpeace USA

International Environmental Campaign Organization

Greenpeace USA (GPUS) is hiring an Action Campaigner role to further Greenpeace USA’s campaign objectives through ongoing strategic and tactical planning and being a point of connection for the Action Team to our campaigns. This role is part of a team of other Action Campaigners and tactical specialists who are responsible for developing and deploying innovative, creative, confrontational and inspirational non-violent direct actions, direct communications, protests and other campaign and logistical activities. This role will be responsible for working with program department staff in designing and evaluating appropriate tactics and timing for these events based on campaign strategies and objectives, as well as implementation in the field.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, CA.

This role will be responsible for:

● Serve as a liaison between the Action Team and Program Department for ongoing development and coordination of non-violent direct actions and field events that support campaign strategies and objectives. Ensure that targets are appropriately selected, tactics are relevant, and research is conducted as necessary
● Contribute to strategic campaign direction and planning
● Solicit the input of creative and innovative thinkers on projects from inside and outside of the organization towards developing new and innovative forms of direct action
● Engage Action Team staff with new action opportunities, ideas and projects within campaigns, and facilitate involvement of team members in brainstorms and generation of ideas
● Represent the Action Team in campaign planning processes and ongoing campaign meetings

●Responsible for logistical planning, preparation, coordination and execution of direct actions, direct communications, protests, investigations, tours, ship-based actions and other activities and interventions
● Ensure that all Action Team planning processes are adhered to. Responsible for administrative duties pertaining to Action Team procedures in the preparation, execution and follow-up of events, including updating action personnel data, loss/damage insurance claims, etc.
● Responsible for all financial aspects of action projects, including budget proposals, cost control, processing invoices and producing after-project budget reports
● Ensure that technical and logistical debriefs are conducted after every event, and any relevant information is fed into the evaluation report
● Ensure that the Activist Program Manager is informed of all personnel-related issues upon completion of an event, including legal issues and administrative issues
● Ensure that the National Warehouse and Equipment Manager is informed of all action equipment-related issues upon completion of an event, including the return/replacement of seized equipment and updating equipment logbooks
● Work closely with the National Warehouse and Equipment Manager on all equipment-related matters in connection with the planning, preparation, coordination and execution of events
● Hire, supervise, and coordinate contractors and volunteers working on projects as required, including implementation teams in the field

● Conduct thorough risk assessments and risk mitigation plans for field activities. Manage risks (life and limb, organizational, budget, and reputable) in real-time through development and deployment of activities
● Ensure that all personnel in direct actions strictly apply to health and safety protocols and procedures
● Assessment and judgment of activist and volunteer proficiency as relates to technical skills (driving, boating, climbing, and aerial operations, etc), the ability to safely and competently operate heavy equipment and proper use of personal protection equipment
● Assessment and judgment of activist and volunteer proficiency to exercise sound judgment in the field, ability to represent Greenpeace in public settings, and ability to function calmly under extreme duress
● Assessment and judgment of activist and volunteer commitment to nonviolent principles, including legal repercussions
● Decision making, especially in the field, related to organizational & reputable liability – ensuring that Greenpeace is well represented through the actions of staff and activists in field events
● Risk assessment and mitigation related to safe use of equipment in warehouse and field operations
● Decision making related to safety and readiness aspects of action deployment

● Assist in the implementation of the activist training program to the Activist Program Manager, and as needed, act as a trainer, especially in one’s field of expertise such as technical climbing, boat driving, aerial operations, de-escalation and conflict resolution

● Lead and manage teams of staff, volunteers, and activists in the field
● Line manage contractors, fellows, and interns

● Maintain and develop relations with direct action staff across global Greenpeace
● On occasion, represent Greenpeace to the media, authorities (including law enforcement), allies or opponents
● Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Action Unit Director or Deputy Director

Minimum requirements include:
● Experience working in a campaigning organization, preferably environmental
● Proven team leadership, management abilities, and personnel assessment skills
● Experience in coordinating and/or team leading in direct actions and/or experience in managing large teams of people in complex and stressful situations
● Excellent written and oral communications skills
● Excellent organizing, project management, and planning skills
● Budget management experience
● Ability to work effectively in a team environment
● Ability to be self-directed and to work well under pressure
● Commitment to the ideals of Greenpeace, including a global perspective
● Commitment to non-violence and nonviolent direct action as a means of creating social change
● Understanding of environmental and peace issues
● Understanding of health and safety issues relating to direct actions
● Diverse research skills
● Ability to work with confidential information
● Computer literacy
● Current driving license
● Ability and willingness to travel extensively
● College degree or equivalent experience

Additional qualifications include, but are not limited to:
● Proficiency in one or more of: boat driving, climbing, wilderness first aid, tactical communication, fabrication, working with heavy machinery
● Experience as a trainer in one or more of: boat driving, climbing, NVDA, wilderness first aid, tactical communication systems
● Experience working with ships or other vessels
● Experience working within a complex organization

Physical Requirements include:
● Lifting/Pushing/Pulling/Carrying: Often: must be able to lift 50 lbs.
● Bending/Kneeling: Often required to navigate and maintain the warehouse effectively
● Mobility: Active Position: Will be required to move about the warehouse to maintain vehicles, fabricate campaign materials, climb, drive boats and other physical activities
● Continuous Standing: This role requires standing for long periods of time
● Climbing Stairs: Climbing required
● Driving: Occasional driving will be required
● Hearing: X Critical ___ Moderate ___ Minimal
o Required to deliver training sessions and action coordination
● Vision: X Critical ___ Moderate ___ Minimal
o Required to deliver training sessions and action coordination
If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate. Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pretax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 6% 401K matching. New staff members receive 3 weeks vacation, 10 sick days, 2 personal days in their first year. Additionally we are closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

After 1 year of service staff members receive 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave and after five years, staff are eligible for a 12 week paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.

Salary for this position starts in the $60k’s and is commensurate with experience.