California Climate and Field Advocate

Job Type

Part Time





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1612 K Street N.W.
Suite 904
United States


Are you passionate about protecting communities from pollution? Do you care about exposing pollution, stopping climate change, and holding corporations and government accountable? Do you like being on the frontlines of the climate justice movement? Then this position may be right for you.

Earthworks is seeking a half-time Climate and Field Advocate for California to join our national team of certified Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera operators and expose the air quality, climate, and health impacts of oil and gas development. This position is part of our Community Empowerment Project (CEP), which documents pollution and engages residents in taking action to reduce it. 

Earthworks advances strong federal and state action to reduce oil and gas industry impacts in order to promote a managed decline away from fossil fuels and towards renewable solutions. With California’s recent adoption of strong methane-control rules, our work in the state will focus on ensuring their enforcement by exposing pollution from oil production, assisting partners throughout the state working on local, regional, state, and federal protections from the oil industry, and supporting communities on the frontlines of oil production with video evidence of air pollution.

There is potential for this position to expand to full time.

LOCATION: Location within California is flexible. This position requires frequent travel throughout the state, but mainly focused in the Central Valley and Los Angeles basin oil fields. 


  • Achieve certification as an Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) thermographer and deploy Earthworks’ Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera to document hydrocarbon emissions at oil and gas wells and facilities.
  • Using OGI videos, well and facility permits, operator records, and other information, file and track complaints with state, regional, and local agencies and push for responsive action to reduce emissions.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with residents living near oil and gas development to identify specific polluters and work to file complaints with regulators and operators on pollution problems and health impacts. 
  • Engage with California Air Quality District offices and the California Air Resources Board to ensure a timely response to complaints and enforcement of state and federal methane control rules. 



  • Commitment to environmental and justice issues. 
  • Ability to learn new technologies and apply them to influence public policy. 
  • Experience in conducting field-based work and engaging communities. 
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with communities, regulators, elected officials, and diverse members of the public. 
  • Ability to work on one’s own and under direction as part of a project team. 
  • Willingness to travel and have a variable work schedule. 


  • Knowledge of environmental policies and regulations. 
  • Understanding of the social and environmental impacts of energy development. 
  • Experience working in organizational coalitions.
  • Spanish language skills. 

Earthworks is a dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 25 people across 7 states. Our California staff are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of fracking and mining. We reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capital to state houses and at the county and city level. 

Woman-led, multigenerational, and with a relatively flat hierarchy, we encourage initiative and leadership at all levels. Earthworks has a very flexible work environment, with many employees working remotely or telecommuting part of the time to ensure work-life balance. 


We provide a competitive benefits package, including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance; matching 403b contributions; sick and family leave; 2 weeks’ vacation to start (not including office closure during the last week of December); and eligibility for a paid three-month sabbatical after 7 years of service.

Earthworks welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and do not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, alienage or national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, arrest record, prior military service or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample by March 25th to