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Clean Air Associate — Washington, D.C.

Organization: Environment America

Job Title: Clean Air Associate – Environment America Fellow

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Full Time & $23,750 in your first year and $24,500 in your second year.

Application Deadline: open until filled

Position Dates: Two year commitment

Posted On: Oct. 2, 2012

Organization Overview

Environment America works to advance the environmental vision and values we share—clean energy, clean water, wilderness and wildlife protection, healthy food and sustainable agriculture, and more. With nearly 100 professional staff, more than 1 million members, activists and allies, and affiliates in 29 states, we organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.

The results of our work include caps on global warming pollution in five states and a regional cap on global warming pollution from power plants in 10 states and clean car standards that will do more than any other single step to reduce our dependence on oil and cut global warming pollution.

But let’s not kid ourselves: we are living through an environmental crisis.

Temperatures are rising, polar ice is melting, catastrophic fires are burning, and pollution has created dead zones in the oceans. Each day, another development, another big-box store, another drilling rig, another mining operation crowds out a little more wilderness.

Fighting for the environment is the challenge of a lifetime. You need to start somewhere. But where?

Apply to be an Environment America fellow

As an Environment America fellow, you’ll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.

Learn by doing

Working with our Global Warming Program Director Nathan Willcox, and other senior staff, you’ll plan and run grassroots campaigns, lobby lawmakers, publish op-eds, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings, run citizen outreach campaigns, identify new members, raise money, recruit and manage staff and much more.

Gain the experience you need to lead

After two years, you’ll have participated in a rigorous training and gained invaluable hands-on experience. Best of all, you’ll be ready to become a lead advocate, a lead organizer or a state director with Environment America or one of our state affiliates. You might even start a new state affiliate or launch a new program.


If you’re looking for the opportunity to organize, advocate and fight for the environment, apply to be an Environment America fellow today. Specifically, we’re looking for a Clean Air Associate to start in Washington D.C. this November.

Work to clean up coal-fired power plants
Environment America’s Clean Air Associate will work with our Global Warming Program Director to drive a campaign focused on cutting dangerous air pollution from power plants and other industrial facilities.

Air pollution from power plants and other stationary sources cuts short the lives of thousands of Americans each year and leads to more asthma attacks, heart attacks and developmental disorders. These same dirty and aging facilities are responsible for much of the carbon pollution that fuels global warming. We’re urging the Obama administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set meaningful limits on air pollution, including carbon, soot and smog pollution from power plants and other sources – and we’ve started to see some real progress. But polluters and their allies in Congress are mounting powerful attacks to block or weaken new pollution limits. The Clean Air Associate will focus on a campaign to build the support it takes to defend against these attacks.

Specifically, the clean air associate will work within D.C. to advance the campaign – including advocacy, research, national coalition coordination and national media outreach – and work with our state affiliates to drive this campaign in the field.

The clean air associate will also help to build the organization by recruiting and overseeing interns, recruiting new staff, directing a summer citizen outreach office over two summers, and communicating with our members through email alerts, newsletters and mailings.


We’re seeking candidates ready to commit themselves to fighting for the environment. Being a fellow is not for everybody. It’s tough, demanding and the challenges never stop. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

How to Apply

Apply online at or contact Nathan directly at

Looking for an internship instead? Apply to be an Environment America intern. You’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us.

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