Current Executive Director: Kumi Naidoo
Greenpeace is a well-known environmental campaigning organization that operates offices worldwide. The company relies heavily on volunteers to handle canvassing and publicity duties. The organization was founded by a group of activists in 1971 and is currently headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Greenpeace employs campaign advisors, public relations specialists, ship crews, fundraising professionals and researchers at offices worldwide. It functions as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in all the countries in which it operates.
Campaign advisors at Greenpeace are responsible for designing, implementing and overseeing a variety of campaigns. The organization advocates on behalf of a wide variety of environmental issues and often partners with other non-profit organizations. Advisors are required to oversee a staff of volunteers and public relations specialists. They may be required to interact directly with the press. Campaign advisors are expected to work long hours with the organization. They may need to travel extensively when directing campaigns.
Ship crews working at Greenpeace are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the organization''s ships. The organization has a number of ships in oceans and bodies of water around the world. Each ship employs a full ship crew and researchers. The organization''s ships assist the efforts of various campaigns worldwide. Some ships monitor whale hunting and environmentally detrimental fishing practices. Crew members generally must have prior experience working on vessels similar to those in the Greenpeace fleet.
Researchers at Greenpeace are responsible or documenting and analyzing issues of environmental concern. They work closely with campaign organizers to provide up-to-date, accurate information about issues to the public. Researchers work in a wide variety of disciplines. They may focus on forestry, wildlife, marine life, pollution or global warming issues. The Greenpeace culture encourages proactivity. As such, researchers are encouraged to identify environmental issues on which they would like to work.
Experienced public relations professionals enjoy stable and rewarding Greenpeace careers. PR staff is employed in each location. They handle interactions with the media and help develop online advertising and awareness platforms. They may be asked to train interns or students who volunteer with Greenpeace. PR staff is also required to prepare communications relevant to any legal actions in which the organization is participating.
Fundraising professionals are employed at central Greenpeace offices in several countries. They are responsible for soliciting donations from the organization''s members. They may prepare grant applications. All full-time staff is offered a Greenpeace benefits package that includes healthcare insurance. All employees can participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan.