Arctic Program Associate or Officer

Date: August 20, 2021

Pacific Environment

Pacific Environment seeks to protect communities and wildlife of the Pacific Rim. We support community leaders to fight climate change, protect the oceans, build just societies, and move away from fossil fuels toward a green economy. Learn more at


The Program Associate/Officer will work in a team setting with Pacific Environment colleagues and those from allied organizations. The Program Associate/Officer will provide management and leadership on Arctic issues and campaigns. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following subjects and geographies:

  • Collaborating with Alaskan Indigenous Peoples
  • Marine policy at domestic and international levels
  • Coordination and leadership of coalitions
  • Alaska state and federal outreach
  • Understanding of Arctic climate and energy issues
  • Grassroots organizing

There is significant opportunity for the Program Associate/Officer to expand Pacific Environment’s range of activities in these focal areas. The position’s responsibilities include participation in strategic planning, campaign development and implementation, outreach to civic leaders (at state, federal and international levels), and contributing to fundraising with foundations and individuals.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated achievement, leadership, and campaign skills relevant to one or more of the thematic focus areas listed above. They will also possess excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

The Program Officer position is more senior than the Program Associate position; during the hiring process we will collaborate with the candidate to determine which level aligns best with their experience.

Location and Travel

This position is based in Anchorage, Alaska. The position may involve domestic and international travel (only when safe and allowable regarding Covid-19 conditions).

Key Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent life experience; advanced degrees and other relevant experience are a plus
  • Demonstrated experience and achievement in strategic advocacy, policy, and campaign work
  • Demonstrated success working as part of a team and collaborating with allied stakeholders
  • Ability to develop constructive relationships with local environmental groups, government agencies, scientists, and Indigenous and political leaders
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising a plus
  • Personal commitment to helping communities to have an effective voice in decision making
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a range of team members, locally and remotely across the United States and internationally
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, Dropbox, Zoom, other applications a plus

Compensation and Benefits

Pacific Environment provides compensation commensurate with experience and equitable with others on our team, plus a full benefits package for full-time staff positions and some part-time positions. The full-time salary range for this position is $52,500 to $64,500 anually, which is carefully considered to account for equity. The employee will enjoy a flexible working environment with a dedicated, diverse group of colleagues.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, three references, and an answer to the following question by email to [email protected] with “Arctic Program Associate/Officer” in the subject line.

  • QUESTION: In 250 words, tell us what can be done to ensure that Arctic communities are resilient to the changes brought by climate change and have a voice in decision making?

Applications encouraged by September 14, 2021. The position will remain open until filled, and we encourage even late applications. No phone calls, please. If you are unable to apply via email due to bandwidth issues, please send a plain email to discuss alternative methods to submit your materials.

Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and believe that creating teams in which everyone can be their authentic self is key to the change we seek. We encourage people from communities harmed by environmental degradation and from backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply.