MontPIRG is Hiring a NEW Student Organizer! by Bryce Bennett

MontPIRG is looking for a great additions to our team starting next month!

We are growing faster and empowering more young leaders than ever before and we want your help to take that progress to the next level. 

Check out this awesome opportunities for part-time employment with an organization that is educating and empowering young Montanans to create positive, tangible change.

JOB TITLE: Student Organizer

HOURS: 15 hours/ week

COMPENSATION: $560 - $650/ month (Depending on experience)


The Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG) is a student directed and funded non-partisan organization dedicated to affecting tangible, positive change through educating and empowering the next generation of civic leaders.



The Student Organizer will work out of our campus office in Missoula, Montana. They will work directly with MontPIRG’s staff, board of directors, and volunteers. Occasional travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position. You won't be tied to a desk, you'll meet lots of people, and you'll make change happen at the grassroots level.

The primary work of our Student Organizer is to help the organization grow in our capacity to create “positive, tangible change” by recruiting and retaining volunteers. They will create and execute a plan to bring more volunteers into the organization that stay and grow in their leadership with the organization over time. Volunteers are vital to the health and longevity of our organization which is why the work to recruit and support them is such a large priority for MontPIRG.

Another project for this position will be in our work to gain additional financial support for the organization. We are ambitiously looking for more opportunities to bring in additional funding to help us grow larger, train more people, and achieve bigger goals. This will include reaching out to current funders and helping attract new donors.



  • Construct/Edit, Improve and Execute a Volunteer Recruitment Plan

    • Continuous Volunteer Recruitment, Retention and Training

    • Connecting over the Phone and In-Person with Current Volunteers

    • Presenting Volunteer Opportunities in front of Classes

    • Tabling at Events to Recruit New Volunteers

    • Attending Group Meetings to Pitch Volunteer Opportunities

    • Developing New and Innovate Ways to Bring Volunteers Onboard

  • Meeting with New Volunteers to Determine Strengths, Areas for Growth, and Best Opportunities for them to Engage in our Work

  • Volunteer Database Management

  • Fundraising support

  • Outreach to current or lapsed donors

  • Fundraising event planning and turnout

  • Regular meetings with executive director and other staff members

  • Other duties as assigned



  • The Student Organizer must be hardworking, on time and dependable.

  • The Student Organizer must be fun and energetic. They must be able to energize tired volunteers with their own high level of excitement and excite people about our work.

  • The Student Organizer should have the flexibility to adapt to ever changing events and organizational needs.

  • The Student Organizer must have strong people skills and be able to work with a diverse group of students and community members

  • The Student Organizer must be well organized and able to keep a schedule.

  • The Student Organizer must be individually driven to accomplish goals without substantial prompting.

  • Having past experience in organizing is a benefit

  • The Student Organizer must share a passion for the work and the causes MontPIRG works to advance.

  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs, and Databases

HOW TO APPLY:  Please send a resume and cover letter to by Wednesday, Sept 20 at 5:00PM. MontPIRG welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, or disability.

MontPIRG Summer Canvass Launches to Protect the Breaks! by Bryce Bennett

One of our National Monuments is facing an existential crisis, and we need all Montanans to make their voices heard. On April 26th, 2017 President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled, “Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act” this order calls for the “review” of specific national monuments across the country. Secretary of the Interior, former Montana congressman, Ryan Zinke will oversee this review which will conclude on August 25th of this year. The review will specifically look at all national monuments designated after 1996 that encompass more than 100,000 acres, and, although our great state is home to three national monuments, only the the Upper Missouri River Breaks fits both of those criteria.

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, designated in 2001 by President Bill Clinton, is one of Montana’s most pristine pieces of public land. Located southwest of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, the monument covers 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River and is important for both its cultural and ecological significance. Offering world class elk and bighorn sheep hunting, abundant hiking and biking trails, and views that will take your breath away, the Breaks stands in a league of its own. Passing through in 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis described the majesty,  

The hills and river cliffs which we passed today exhibit a most romantic appearance. The bluffs of the river rise to the hight of from 2 to 300 feet and in most places nearly perpendicular; they are formed of remarkable white sandstone which is sufficiently soft to give way readily to the impression of water . . .

Today, the breaks are at risk. The coordinated attack to sell off our public lands has a major ally in the White House and now we are seeing their efforts come to fruition. We know the goal of this review is to downsize or totally sell of as many monuments as possible and we cannot let that happen here. This is why MontPIRG is holding our ground. Our Summer Canvass launched in June with the goal of flooding Secretary Zinke’s office with petition signatures. Our team will travel throughout the state knocking doors and making the case to keep the national monument designation for the Breaks. By August 25th, MontPIRG will have knocked nearly 20,000 doors and collected 3,500 signatures asking Secretary Zinke to leave this place alone. We know that the people of Montana overwhelmingly support our monuments; we just need to get that message across to Washington.

Stand with MontPIRG today. Help us protect the Breaks with a contribution today!