Bold Alliance is a network of states and communities across the country working to protect the

land and water while building political power at the grassroots level. Based in rural states
including Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana and Oklahoma, the Bold Alliance is now expanding to other
communities fighting fossil fuel pipelines on the frontlines. As a leader in the fight against the
Keystone XL pipeline, Bold created an unlikely alliance of farmers, ranchers, Native allies and
environmentalists that stood together. Bold believes in protecting property rights by ending
eminent domain for private gain pipelines, ensuring everyone has access to clean water,
stopping fossil fuel projects that contribute to climate change and standing with Native allies’
Sovereignty and Treaty rights trampled on by risky projects.
POSITION TITLE:

Pipeline Fighter

REPORTS TO:

Bold Alliance Deputy Director and Bold Alliance President

LOCATIONS:

Three Pipeline Fighter positions are open in the following areas:
o Appalachian Region (specifically WV and VA)
o Great Lakes Region (specifically WI and MN)
o Indian Country (working with Tribal Nations across the
country)

SCOPE OF POSITION:
Pipeline Fighters guide all of Bold's work in their region, and are the principle point of
coordination with other local and national groups fighting pipelines in that region. Bold is working
to end eminent domain for private gain pipelines, protect water and take on issues that are
critical to building power in rural and urban communities. Pipeline Fighters in the Appalachian
and Great Lakes Regions will have a specific focus on organizing landowners along proposed
pipeline routes. All Pipeline Fighters report to the national Bold Alliance Deputy Director for dayto-day work and are responsible to the Bold Alliance President.
EXPERIENCE:
To apply for this job, you must have at least 3 years of professional nonprofit, business or
political experience. Additionally, you must have some rural and urban (yes both!) organizing
experience as a staff member or volunteer.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
The position is responsible, at a minimum, for the following:

Pipeline Fighters in the Appalachian and Great Lakes Regions will have a specific focus
on organizing landowners along proposed pipeline routes. Above everything else, their
focus is on landowners. This includes several specific tasks:
o Identifying and creating a list of landowners in the proposed route. Connect the
landowners on email list at a minimum.
o Set up several landowner meetings in counties to build trust among everyone
who is opposed to the pipeline.
o Create a legal structure similar to NEAT in Nebraska where landowners pooled
their resources with one legal team to protect their property rights.

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The Pipeline Fighter for Indian Country will include a tremendous amount of work
building relationships with elected leadership and grassroots leaders to determine what
proposed pipelines are threating the land and water. Other tasks include:
o Attending established gatherings like Water Walks.
o Host regular calls with grassroots organizers.
o Work with Honor the Earth and IEN to partner on indigenous led actions.
o Determine what funding is needed to bring actions to the next level.

Attend all allied group meetings in the state like coalitions and state tables formed to
stop a pipeline project.

Speak on behalf of Bold to all media and community events.

Identify opportunities (both grassroots actions and legislative work) to partner with allied
groups on key issues such as eminent domain for private gain, climate change, water
and zoning that could impact the pipeline route or permit at the county and state level.

Serve as a team player with other Bold States (NE, LA, IA, OK) and Regional Pipeline
Fighters by attending weekly calls and other tasks assigned by the Bold Alliance Deputy
Director and the Bold Alliance President.

Work with the Bold Alliance Communications Director by submitting event details and
local news stories to keep the word out about what is happening on the ground.

Attend at least one national training a year with all Bold States and Pipeline Fighters.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Candidates must have the following skills:

At least 3 years experience in a grassroots or operations position inside a political
campaign, public sector, non-profit, private industry and/or trade association.

Knowledge of political dynamics within the region you are interested in working in.

Experience giving interviews to TV, radio, print and online sources.

Excellent listening skills that does not internalize criticism but instead acts on
suggestions being brought forward.

Enjoys driving (!) and meeting with rural and urban landowners from all backgrounds.

Good strategic thinker that can put ideas to paper for plans.

Solid grassroots credibility—meaning you have phone banked, flyered, made posters,
knocked on doors, planned a protest.

Wheels always turning on creative ideas to mobilize and stop pipelines.

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SALARY, SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE:
Submit resume and cover letter that includes salary requirement to the info@boldnebraska.org
by January 15, 2016.
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional
experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Bold offers a competitive benefits
package.
The Bold Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any
employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin,
religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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