Good Neighbor Agreement Manager

Northern Plains Resource Council

Billings, Montana

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 50000
Mine Inspection Tour

“You can't fight these big fights on your own. You need to work with others, and you need others if you're going to take care of the places that you love.”  -Jeanie Alderson, Northern Plains Past Chair

Northern Plains is a grassroots organization of people who love where we live.  For over 50 years, we have been standing shoulder-to-shoulder across Montana, to protect this place we all call home for ours and future generations.

We are working toward a future where we live in harmony with nature, where our economy serves the people rather than the people serving the economy, and where neighbors work side-by-side to build a world that lives up to our ideals of fairness, inclusion, and justice.


As a Northern Plains Good Neighbor Agreement Manager (GNA Manager), you will uphold a groundbreaking legal agreement between a powerful mining corporation and the local communities impacted by the platinum and palladium mine in their backyard.  The Good Neighbor Agreement has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its innovative and collaborative approach to balancing extractive industry with preservation of pristine rivers and a wilderness area in the heart of the Beartooth Mountains

You will coordinate the work of engaged Montanans as they hold the mining company accountable to stringent environmental standards.  Any given day may include planning and organizing effective meetings, analyzing and disseminating technical information, or helping members prepare for interactions with mine personnel or state regulators.  You will balance competing demands and help prioritize and schedule a large body of work.

You won’t be tied to a desk - this is very much a “people” job!

We are a team of hard-working, dedicated individuals who honor and promote a healthy work/life balance.  When you’re in the office, you’ll enjoy a casual office environment that is full of natural light and camaraderie with a team of engaged and passionate people.  When you’re in the field, you’ll be in Montana’s rugged mountain landscape, working side by side with a team of inspired members fighting for the long-term health of our environment and communities. 


This position carries with it specific demands and successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Ability to think strategically, including working at the individual, team, and organizational levels to set and prioritize goals
  • Excellent listening and communication skills – both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to effectively synthesize and communicate technical information
  • Ability to thrive in a job that includes a diverse set of activities, environments, and priorities.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Commitment to the democratic process, and to environmental stewardship and conservation.
  • Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of personalities.
  • Willingness to travel, including some overnight stays, (staff car provided) up to 25% of the time.
  • Ability to lift equipment up to 20 lbs., stand or walk for long periods of time, drive long distances, and work in all weather conditions.

Successful candidates may also have the following skills which are preferred but not required.  If you have at least some of these skills and you are excited to learn on the job, please apply.

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, geology, or a related scientific or technical program
  • Experience supporting leadership development and facilitating shared decision-making processes
  • Experience building relationships and interacting with high-level personnel, stakeholders, or decision makers and/or experience in high-level settings and meetings
  • Experience analyzing large quantities of information and deducing for a desired audience
  • Experience managing complex projects, including collaboration with external agencies and experts


Our compensation philosophy and transparent salary structure flows from our belief that our people are the most important part of our organization.  We offer thriving wages ample benefits, and opportunities for growth and development. 

The salary for this position starts at $50,000 per year.  We also offer employer-paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation plus 13 paid holidays (including the week from Christmas Eve through New Years), 12 days paid sick and personal leave, and 12 weeks of parental leave.  In addition, we offer flexible schedules, a hybrid office/remote work structure, a retirement plan, an employer paid cell phone plan, and a sabbatical program.

This is a permanent, salaried, and exempt position.

Help write the next chapter this historic effort to protect the vitality and prosperity of the mountains, valleys, rivers and people living alongside a major mine site.


Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We celebrate diversity in all forms and in all aspects of our work.  Applicants from all walks of life and identities, including persons of color, LGBTQ+, are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Emailthe following to Caitlin Cromwell, Director of Organizing and Campaigns, at hiring@northernplains.orgr letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Check out our website for more information on this position, our organization, and our staff: https://www.northernplains.org/careers-and-internships/ .

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship