employment opportunities
The U.S. EPA is seeking to fill two vacancies in it's Smart Growth program.  The vacancies were announced on July 10 and close on July 24th.  Information for interested parties is below.

Successful applicants will assist the EPA  in its work to help communities nationwide understand and implement smart growth principles and practices.  How and where growth and development occur has impacts on the environment.  The EPA seeks employees who are interested in promoting smarter growth and more balanced, better informed land use and
development decisions.

For the full vacancy announcements and more details on job qualifications, compensation and the application process, please see the following sites at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov, the U. S. Government's official source of job information:

For the GS-11/12 Environmental Protection Specialist position (salary range: $46,469 - 72,400):  http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/summary.asp?OPMControl=TR6850
Vacancy #:  HQ-OA-DE-2002-0083

For the GS-9 Environmental Protection Specialist position (salary range: $38,406 - 49,924):
Vacancy #:  HQ-OA-DE-2002-0082

New Mexico
Sawmill Community Land Trust
Executive Director
Sawmill Community Land Trust (SCLT) is an established, neighborhood-based, non-profit organization with a voting membership. Our  principal purpose is to acquire and hold
land for the creation and preservation of high quality, permanently affordable ownership housing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SCLT seeks an executive leader to manage its
housing,  community development and other program activities. BA degree or equivalent with demonstrated excellence and experience in one or more of the following
fields required: nonprofit management, housing development and finance, community organizing and community development, urban/regional planning. Ability to speak Spanish a plus!

This position requires ability to work cooperatively with local and state government, businesses, banks and funding organizations, neighborhood residents and a nonprofit Board
of Directors. Applicant must be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, able to work well in a team approach.

Applications: should be submitted by August 5th. Serious applicants should request application packet from: Sawmill Community Land Trust, P.O. Box 25181, Albuquerque NM, 87125-5181, (505) 764-0359, BurlAssoc@worldnet.att.net

Washington, DC
Smart Growth America
Policy Director 
Smart Growth America (SGA) is searching for a Policy Director.  SGA is a nationwide coalition of more than 80 organizations promoting a better way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices.
The Policy Director will be expected to coordinate with SGA's Steering Committee and partner organizations to identify, develop and advocate smart growth policies pertaining to transportation, environment, housing, economic development, open space and farmland protection. This will include a substantial amount coalition building with a diverse range of organizations, from large national non-profits to community-based groups.  The Policy Director will work closely with SGA's partner organizations to provide information on how federal programs affect states, regions and communities, and how they can be best implemented.  He or she will also identify innovative state policies and local best practices to further smart growth objectives.  The Policy Director will be SGA's main representative to Congress and federal agencies.  He or she will have significant public speaking responsibilities, including speaking at press conferences, media events, conferences, workshops, and television and radio programs. 
Job Qualifications *      At least five years of federal policy experience, such as Congressional staff, federal agency, or other related experience. *      Excellent contacts with Congressional and federal agency staff who are responsible for developing and implementing smart growth policies and programs, especially the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Commerce.  *      Significant knowledge of federal and state laws relating to smart growth, transportation, housing, and the environment. *      Excellent communications skills, diligence and organization. *      A thorough understanding of the federal legislative process, particularly the ability to craft legislative ideas and advance them through enactment. *      Demonstrated ability to work with diverse coalitions to build consensus around policies that advance smart growth. *      An open, inclusive and positive attitude toward grassroots partners. *      Leadership skills with a desire to work in teams. Supervision The Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with SGA's staff, Steering Committee, Federal Policy Team (policy directors from our coalition partners), and other partners. 
Compensation Commensurate with qualifications, and competitive with positions in similar Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations. Excellent benefits. 
Starting Date This position will be open till the right candidate is hired, hopefully by August 2002. How to Apply Smart Growth America strongly encourages people of color to apply for this job.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Please send a résumé and cover letter to: Marquis Clayton, Program Coordinator Smart Growth America 1100 17th Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Fax:  202.466.2247 No calls, please. www.smartgrowthamerica.org. 

Greenbelt Alliance
Greenbelt Alliance seeks a full-time Sonoma-Marin Field Representative to lead advocacy efforts to stop sprawl and encourage smart growth in Sonoma and Marin counties (the majority of this position's responsibilities will be in Sonoma County).

Position Summary
The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will run Greenbelt Alliance's Santa Rosa office as the local center for land use advocacy. The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will provide leadership on our critical efforts to protect farmlands and open space, encourage affordable infill development, and invest in effective transportation solutions in Sonoma and Marin counties.

The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will report to the Field Director and work closely with the entire Greenbelt Alliance team, including central staff in San Francisco, field representatives throughout the Bay Area, and volunteers in Sonoma and Marin counties. 

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in grassroots organizing, political campaigns, volunteer coordination, and land use policy. 

Key Responsibilities
Advocacy: Lead local campaign efforts to secure permanent protection of open space, creation of smart growth housing opportunities, and enhancement of the quality of life in Sonoma and Marin counties. Key strategies include coalition building, direct lobbying, and media outreach.

Organizing: Recruit and coordinate activists for specific campaigns and for long term political effectiveness.

Outreach: Coordinate efforts to increase awareness of Greenbelt Alliance issues; make presentations to
wide variety of community groups.

Media: Build relationships with local press, serve as key spokesperson for local land use issues, develop
media campaigns with Communications Director, write opinion pieces, and organize media events.

Management: Run the Sonoma-Marin Field Office; manage volunteers, interns, and staff.

The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will be enthusiastic and self-motivated with some combination of the following skills: grassroots organizing, political strategizing, campaign management, land use planning, public speaking, persuasive writing, and media relations. Car and flexible schedule required. 

Most importantly, the Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will be committed to protecting the Bay Area's greenbelt and quality of life for this and future generations.

Salary and Benefits
Greenbelt Alliance is committed to a rewarding work environment. We offer a competitive salary, $30,000 - $34,000; a good medical, dental, vacation, and comp time benefits package; and opportunities for skills development and professional growth.

How to Apply
Candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and resume to: 

Sonoma-Marin Field Representative Search
Jeremy Madsen
530 Bush Street, Suite 303 
San Francisco, CA 94108 

Greenbelt Alliance values a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

Metropolitan Planning Council 
Urban Development Associate
The Metropolitan Planning Council seeks an associate-level person to work with the vice president of external relations on urban planning issues in northeastern Illinois with a near-term emphasis on Chicago's historic zoning re-write effort.

· Manage a community planning effort that will assist in the zoning re-mapping of all Chicago neighborhoods as part of a broader zoning reform project.
· Work closely with, and coordinate the work of, a team of advisors and community organizations during the community planning efforts.
· Use the neighborhood plans and separate input on other zoning issues to draft citywide zoning vision.
· Continue advocacy of MPC zoning reform issues.
· Organize public events and committee meetings related to MPC's mission and annual work program.
· Represent MPC in other planning and community redevelopment efforts.
· Write reports, newsletter and web articles, and conduct research.
· Assist in broader smart growth policy agenda of MPC.

Qualifications & Skills:
Undergraduate degree
Familiarity with community economic development, housing, urban planning, and zoning issues, in the Chicago region
Two years related work experience
Strong writing, interpersonal communications, computer, and organizational skills
Graduate degree in urban planning, public administration, or related fields
Three or more years related work experience
Knowledge of legislative processes and governmental affairs

Founded in 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation of sensible planning and development policies necessary for a world-class Chicago region. MPC conducts policy analysis, outreach and advocacy in partnership with public officials and community leaders to improve equity of opportunity and quality of life throughout metropolitan Chicago. (Visit www.metroplanning.org for more information.) MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
Send cover letter, 2-5 page writing sample, and resume to Angie Leyva, Metropolitan Planning Council, aleyva@metroplanning.org, or mail to, 25 E. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; or fax to 312-922-5619. No phone calls.

PIRGIM Land Use Advocate
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen advocacy organization. With 10,000 members across the state, PIRGIM has been advocating for and organizing on public interest issues for nearly three decades. 
Job Description
PIRGIM's Land Use Advocate will identify and expose problems where special interest influence is greatest, focusing on threats to public health and the environment. The advocate will then develop public interest solutions and build political support for those solutions, using research, the media, the legislative process, and grassroots work to turn practical ideas into the law of the land. 
The Land Use Advocate will play the following roles: 
Issue Expert: Develop our approach to problems within a broader political context, and develop a comprehensive platform for solving them. 
Political Strategist: Frame the problem, the public interest solution, the strategy, and the tactics for protecting the public interest. Identify allies and enemies. Formulate the campaign strategy and create an action plan. 
Researcher: Document problems and our solutions. Write comprehensive reports, fact sheets and white papers for release to the media and public. 
Legislative Drafter: Craft policy options that turn the solution into law. 
Advocate: Lobby for and testify on behalf of the public interest before decisionmakers at the local, state, and national level. 
Media Liaison: Organize media events, releasing reports and publicizing problems. Write media releases, provide source material to reporters, meet with editorial boards and reporters. 
Political Organizer: Broaden the base of support for our efforts. Involve these supporters -- individuals and groups -- in our campaigns. 
Organization Builder: Do grantseeking and other work to generate financial resources for the organization, recruit new staff and volunteers to help build PIRGIM. 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI 
Qualified applicants have a strong commitment to public interest issues, excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to debate and speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. Candidates for this position should have three to eight years of relevant professional experience, post college. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, legal, journalistic, or government settings. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's professional experience. If you have less experience than the years listed above, please see www.pirg.org/jobs/recentgrads, or review other positions under www.pirg.org/jobs/experienced. 
Salary & Benefits:
Salary for this position ranges from $26,000 to $35,000, depending on the quality of the applicant and past work experience. An outstanding benefits package includes health care coverage, educational loan assistance, a retirement plan, paid vacation and sick days, parental leave, and a dependent care assistance program. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available. North Central Lakes and Collar County Organizer 

1000 Friends of Minnesota (1000 FOM) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the important connections between our development patterns and the health of our communities and the environment.  1000 FOM is seeking a full-time employee to develop, monitor, evaluate, and advocate for sustainable land use and community development in the North Central Lakes Region and the Collar County Region of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

The Organizer will proactively work to influence public and policy debates on related issues in the collar counties of the Twin Cities Region and the North Central Lakes Region. We are seeking an energetic and motivated individual with the values and passion that match a strong 
environmental and social justice organization. 

Candidates must possess the following experience and attributes:
-Degree in land use planning or related discipline or demonstrated experience
-Knowledge of land conservation and land use planning
-Experience working effectively with concerned citizens, landowners, 
local government officials, activists, and government agency 
-History managing complex projects and working with a collaborative team
-Demonstrated ability to critically assess and evaluate land use 
-Excellent writing and speaking skills
-Solid computer skills (including spreadsheets, layouts, etc.)
-Willingness to work occasional evenings
-Reliable car and willingness to travel

Preferred additional skills/qualifications:
-Experience working in rural communities and with rural governments
-Knowledge of groups working on land use issues in Minnesota
-Fundraising experience
-Experience in downtown revitalization and brownfield reclamation
-Experience in farmland/forestry land being converted to residential
-Demonstrated experience working with regional media 
-Public relations experience
-Grassroots organizing experience
-Public speaking and group facilitation experience

Full-time position with a salary range from low to mid thirties depending on experience.   Excellent benefits package.  This position will be housed in the Lakes or Collar County Region and share an office with another local organization to be determined.  This person will 
spend one day a week in our St. Paul office. 1000 FOM is an equal opportunity employer. This position will remain open until filled. 

To apply send resume, cover letter and references to: Lee Ronning, 1000 Friends of Minnesota, 370 Selby Avenue, Suite 300, St. Paul, MN 55102. Phone: 651/312-1000 Fax: 651/312-0012  E-mail: lronning@1000fom.org.

Washington, DC
Washington Regional Network
Executive Director

The Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN) seeks an Executive Director to fulfill WRN’s goal to create a network of walkable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and surrounded by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the region.  This position will offer the candidate the opportunity to work directly on implementing smart growth on the local level and to build the capacity of a small but expanding organization with an already successful emerging redevelopment program.  Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Cassie Seiple at WRN: staff@washingtonregion.net, 1777 Church St, NW Washington DC 20036, fax (during business hours) 202/667-4491.  Position open until filled. 


The WRN Executive Director is responsible for the managing WRN’s programs, communicating our message, and raising financial support for our projects.  Specifically, responsibilities will include:

Managing Programs 
Manage a variety of ongoing programs – Redevelopment, Transit-oriented development, Affordable Housing, pedestrian/bicycle/transit advocacy, among others – that are largely staffed by WRN’s Board, 1-2 part time staff persons, and volunteers.  Responsibilities will include:  policy analysis, communicating the programs’ importance to elected officials, government administrators, civic leaders and the general public, and supervising the programs’ progress and development. 

Write WRN’s monthly electronic newsletter, Intersect.  Through policy papers, Op-Eds and Letters-to-the-Editors, and presentations, aggressively promote WRN’s agenda.  This will include working strategically with all of the different stakeholders involved with growth in the region:  private developers, government administrators, elected officials and civic and neighborhood associations.  Ideally the candidate will have some web design experience and can make our website a more useful communications tool. 

A significant part of this job will entail raising money for WRN’s programs.  This will include:  writing foundation grants and managing the proposals; pro-actively meeting with prospective funders; cultivation of individual donors; seeking out new and innovative ways to raise financial support for WRN’s continued sustainability. 

Commitment to WRN’s mission and purpose.
Familiarity with fundraising, especially working with foundations.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to work efficiently with little supervision. 
Knowledge of Windows and the MS Office suite 
Strong ability to communicate through both writing and orally.
Experience and knowledge with issues related to smart growth, urban affairs, and social justice such as:  transit-oriented development, affordable housing, transportation, pedestrian/bicycle policy, and community design among others.  Community organizing experience a plus.  The candidate should have an advanced degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, and several years of professional experience.
Ability to work well with a variety of people and institutions – from neighborhood associations to government administrators and elected officials.
This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Compensation, Administration & Supervision
This will be a Full-time position (40-50 hours).  Wage or salary to commensurate with experience with a contribution toward health insurance.  WRN shares a townhouse office building near Dupont Circle with the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  Direct supervision will be provided by the President of the WRN board.

About WRN
Created in 1991 as an informal association of individuals and organizations assembled by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, WRN incorporated in the District of Columbia as a 501c(3) non-profit in 1996.  WRN advocates transportation investments, land use policies, and community designs that enhance existing communities and the environment of the National Capital Region. WRN’s goal is create a network of walkable, bikeable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and surrounded by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the region.  WRN works in the following program areas: education and networking, redevelopment and transit-oriented development, affordable housing, transportation advocacy, and fiscal policy reform.  Our targeted education is directed toward neighborhood activists (particularly those living near Metro stations), private-sector and government planners, elected officials, businesses, and the media.  WRN accomplishes its educational and policy advocacy activities largely through the volunteer time of its 15 member Board of Directors, volunteer members, and one-and-a-half full time staff. 

To apply send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to:
WRN Executive Director 
c/o WRN 
1777 Church Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 667-5445 Fax (202) 667-4491
E-mail: staff@washingtonregion.net 
Web: http://www.washingtonregion.net 

Washington, DC
Shaw EcoVillage is seeking a full-time Program Director for the EcoDesign Corps, a dynamic urban environmental leadership program that Washington, DC high school youth how to address real-life issues within their community. The Program Director will be responsible for the management and evaluation of program, teaching and facilitating workshops for high school students, and collaborating with community based organizations. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years experience in urban community planning, environment and sustainability and youth development. For full job description contact shawecovillage@shawdc.com  or call 202.265.8899. See www.shawecovillage.com for more information. $28-34,000, four weeks vacation, federal holidays, health benefits.