The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is a global non-profit based in Washington State, with an office in Thailand. We partner with and empower mangrove communities to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage their coastal resources through practical, proven methods of education and training.
Mangroves are critically important ecosystems that provide priceless ecosystem services like carbon sequestration, water filtration, storm barriers, marine nursery habitat, shelter, medicine, land animal habitat, and food sources that support 75% of all tropical fish catches. They are also being eradicated from the planet by industrial shrimp farming. Most people are simply unaware of this connection, so the Mangrove Action Project is working to educate the public on this issue so that they can make informed decisions about what they eat.
Education and Outreach - Seattle, Washington: Despite their global importance, mangroves are not well-known by the general public. MAP works to educate individuals about mangrove forests and the vast benefits they provide, as well as provide opportunities for them to take action and stop or reverse deforestation.
One of our primary campaigns locally is the Question Your Shrimp (QYS) campaign, designed to educate consumers about the impacts of shrimp farming on mangroves and mangrove communities.
Journalism and Media Volunteer: MAP is seeking creative, energetic, and environmentally aware journalists to support us in Seattle, Washington and our efforts abroad.
Range of Tasks:
- Identify and network with key organizations and publications to increase public awareness of MAP, QYS, and mangrove issues over social media
- Craft engaging and educational social media posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Contribute short articles on a weekly/monthly basis to our e-newsletter
- Develop an editorial calendar in coordination with the co-director in Seattle
- Coordinator with volunteers in our Thailand office about social media postings
- Craft social media posts for fundraising appeals
- Support campaign staff at community outreach and development events
As a volunteer: hours are flexible and can vary based on campaign activities and your previous commitments. This role is also available as an internship which carries additional responsibilities and a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Check out the Internship posting here.
Successful volunteers posses the following attributes:
- Background in media, journalism, communications, political science, environmental science, ecology, marine science, or international trade
- Strong interest in working on behalf of the environment, indigenous groups, public health, and challenging the status quo
- Experience writing blog posts, newsletter articles, and/or other social media blurbs for student, profit, or non-profit publications
- Experience with social media management, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Superior editing, writing and research skills, strong communications skills, open to taking direction and criticism and working in a team atmosphere
- Experience with Wordpress (preferred)
- Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, professional demeanor, general office skills, and strong computer skills
- Additional language proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Cantonese, & Thai, a plus!
- Candidates should have transportation of some kind in and around the Seattle metropolitan area
- Willingness to work occasional weekends and weeknights
- Social Media / Blogging
- Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
- Critical Thinking
- Interactive/Social Media/SEO
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 10 hours per week