Central Coast Outreach Associate via Idealist

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Salinas, CA, United States 🇺🇸

The best stuff first…

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a non-profit organization that supports a grassroots coalition committed to advancing environmental justice in water policy and management. We work in a community-to-capital framework that is fast-paced and strategic. We rely on humor, empathy, and candor to support one another, and we are professionally insistent in advocating for and with our community partners. Would you like to be stretched, challenged, and inspired by your work on a daily basis? If yes, keep reading.

The standard stuff…

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) seeks to fill a full-time, bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach specialist position in the Salinas Valley and surrounding Central Coast area of California, though a part-time schedule may be possible. Typically 40 hours per week, although a part-time start may be necessary for initial few weeks, due to existing staff schedule, contract start date, and on-boarding logistics. Starts immediately. The possibility exists to expand job responsibilities and grow into a coordinator position.

The Central Coast Outreach Specialist will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with other EJCW staff and in support of EJCW member organizations and project partners. The Central Coast Outreach Specialist is responsible for engaging and working with “disadvantaged” communities and other stakeholders throughout the region as part of existing and emerging environmental justice campaigns at the local, regional, state and, sometimes national level.

Major job responsibilities:

  • Build strong, trusting relationships with “disadvantaged” communities that face water justice issues in the Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley region through a variety of community engagement activities.
  • Support and co-facilitate community meetings to identify and evaluate water resource needs and priorities as well as educate residents on water quality challenges and solutions.
  • Support implementation of the Salinas Valley Disadvantaged Community Drinking Water and Wastewater Plan, Proposition 1 Community Involvement and technical assistance programs, by translating technical reports and building community support for long-term drinking water and/or wastewater solutions.
  • Oversee several interim emergency/replacement drinking water projects in north Monterey County and perhaps beyond.
  • Launch, implement, and complete project deliverables, reporting, and invoicing for active and potential future grants.
  • Contribute to the development of additional resources, such as outreach, promotional, informational, educational, and fundraising materials, to sustain the ongoing operations of EJCW’s Central Coast activities.
  • Advocate for water policies and practices that are environmentally just and track their efficacy.
  • Represent EJCW in regional water planning processes and decision-making, convenings, associations, regulatory meetings, and other venues relevant to water justice in the Central Coast.
  •  Other duties as necessary.

What we need from you…


  • Passion! Dedication! Excitement! The desire to learn and grow.
  • Willingness to “hit the ground running”.
  • Bilingual, Spanish-English speaker
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, purpose, and values
  • Self-directed and organized; ability to work independently to meet multiple deadlines
  • Community organizing, outreach, or similar relationship-based experience
  • Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general
  • Strong analytical, writing, research, and public speaking skills
  • Track record of developing successful partnerships with other groups
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required from time-to-time
  • Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus

More standard stuff…

Work Environment:

  • Physical demands include: sitting, walking, driving, talking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 2-4 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Must provide own car, car insurance, and phone.
  • Work environment is typical, non-profit office and includes frequent travel in and around Monterey County, the Salinas Valley, the broader Central Coast, and, occasionally, other parts of California.
  • Due to staff transitions, the office will be a mostly one-person office for a matter of months, with lots of interaction with stakeholder and community partners.


Compensation: This position pays a rate of between $16.83 and $20.19 per hour (or the salary equivalent of between $35,000 and $42,000 per year) commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend, (pro-rated for start date and percentage of time employed) until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program.

EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick and holiday leave (also pro rated for percentage of time above 50%).

Level of Language Proficiency

English and Spanish fluency.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

[email protected]


Applications: To apply, e-mail resume or CV and cover letter to [email protected]. Upon proceeding to the second round interview, we will ask you to submit three professional references. Include “Central Coast Outreach Specialist” in the e-mail subject line. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the first comparative review on February 16, 2018.

Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed. Options: Text or Relay (916) 432-3529, e-mail [email protected].

Hiring Timeline:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are viewing this job description, the position is still open and you are encouraged to apply. If you are qualified for the position, an initial 20-minute phone interview will be scheduled with you and EJCW’s Executive Director. If you proceed to the next round, you will participate in a more in-depth interview with various members of the EJCW team. We would like this process to take place as soon as possible, with the potential of a job offer made within a couple weeks of application.

Grand finale!

Equal Opportunity Employer: At EJCW, we practice what we preach and are, therefore, happily, an equal opportunity, albeit “at-will”, employer. Non-traditional applicants are highly encouraged to apply.