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CLDC Hiring Youth Camp Organizer for the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp!

Position
Youth Camp Organizer and Mentor
Reports to Rogue Climate and Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC).
Employment Status Independent Contractor.
Salary & Duration
$20/hr. for 30 – 40 hours per month from March to June 2018 + $1000 stipend for week of camp.
Location The majority of this position may be done remotely, though Oregon or Northern California is preferable. The camp will take place near Gold Beach, OR the week of June 26 – July 4th, with a Sat / Sun in-person staff training in May or early June in Southern Oregon.

Objective: Assist in organizing the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp with a racial justice framework while integrating restorative justice into staff training, camp structure, and programming.

About The Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC): The NGCJAC is a youth summer camp that focuses on direct action as a way to respond to the climate crisis and other injustices in our world. The camp was founded in 2013 and is in its fifth summer of operation. NGCJAC takes place in Southern Oregon with the goal of empowering youth to use their voices and develop organizing and protesting skills to stand up for climate, social, and environmental justice. Each year a group of 20 – 40 youth from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences learn about a local climate justice campaign and use the skills they learn throughout the week to plan a protest together at the end of camp. Team building, games, art, laughing, skills development, and singing are all part of the experience. Currently, NGCJAC is a partnership between the Civil Liberties Defense Center (Eugene, OR) and Rogue Climate (Phoenix, OR), with Signal Fire (Portland, OR) bringing art expertise to the camp this year for the first time.

Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the organizing team (currently made up of employees of Rogue Climate and CLDC) to plan and orchestrate the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp.
  • Attend regular organizing conference calls every other week and 3 in-person meetings to bring together camp organizers in person. These in-person meetings will likely be in Southern Oregon but could be in Eugene or Northern California, depending on what is most convenient for all.
  • Help to recruit youth participants and mentors to camp.
  • Help to plan the curriculum, structure,and scheduling of the day-of logistics of camp while taking into account advice from the Youth Advisory Board.
  • Help to plan and lead a weekend staff retreat / training in May or early June.
  • Act as a camp mentor and facilitator during the week of camp.
  • Facilitate the creation of identity-based caucus spaces at camp, with the support of other adult mentors.
  • Lead the facilitation of restorative-justice-minded conflict mediation should conflict or tension arise amongst staff or youth at camp, with the support of other organizing staff and mentors.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds, ideally rural youth, low-income youth, youth of color, and indigenous youth both living off and on reservations.
  • Experience working with queer and trans youth.
  • Experience in youth development, youth empowerment and/or youth organizing.
  • Ability to be present, energetic, and engaged for the week of camp.
  • A commitment to racial and climate justice and experience working with a multi-racial organizing group of adults.
  • Familiarity and experience with identity-based caucusing.
  • Ability to facilitate and participate in conflict resolution in a way that supports equity and restorative justice.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team and be self-motivated to accomplish tasks.
  • Ability to communicate with and develop positive, respectful and fun relationships with youth.

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Experience with direct action as a tactic to fight environmental, social, and/or economic injustice.
  • Experience in planning and working at a youth camp or other kinds of youth programming.
  • A network of potential trainers, mentors and youth organizers to fill roles at camp.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Apply@RogueClimate.org with the subject line “Next Generation Youth Camp” by March 3, 2018

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