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Mid-Atlantic Field Organizer, Environment America's Fellowship Program – Washington, D.C.

Organization: Environment America

Position Title:  Mid-Atlantic Field Organizer

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. As a fellow with Environment America or one of our state affiliates, you’ll earn $23,750-$24,000 in your first year and $24,500 -$25,500 in your second year.

Position Dates: Two-year fellowship, to start in August 2013.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On:  March 15, 2013.

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 more solar and wind power in 22 states, and stronger protections for waterways from the Potomac River to the Chesapeake Bay.

But let’s not kid ourselves: There’s so much more to do. Our environment faces multiple challenges and opportunities. And we have the opportunity to lead the way for nation.

Description:

As part of a team of field organizers working in key states across the country, Environment America’s Mid-Atlantic federal field organizer builds the public and political support we need to advance our national environmental agenda in communities across Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware. When powerful industries and their political allies stand in the way of environmental progress, we need media attention, the support of broad-based coalitions, an informed public, and grassroots action to counter their power and influence and win the day for our environment. Our Mid-Atlantic field organizer will organize news events, bring community leaders and other constituencies together, and organize town hall meetings, rallies and other grassroots actions to show support for our national issues, including:

  • Wind Power for America: America has some of the best offshore wind resources in the world, particularly along the Atlantic coast where over 1,300 gigawatts (GW) of energy generation potential has been identified. Harnessing just a fraction of our offshore wind resource – 52 GW – could power about 14 million U.S. homes with local, pollution-free energy while creating over $200 billion in new economic activity along the coast. But powerful polluting interests like the coal and oil industries are lobbying against the incentives the wind industry needs to continue seeing success. We’re working to build and mobilize the public support to convince Congress to support the wind industry, not undermine it.
  • Protect America’s Waters: Shortsighted legal decisions have left thousands of acres of wetlands across the Mid-Atlantic, and more than half of the nation’s streams, vulnerable to pollution and development. Now, polluters’ allies in Congress are trying to block President Obama from ever restoring protections to America’s waters. We’re working to show massive public support for crucial clean water protections.
  • Clean Air, Healthy Families: Air pollution from power plants and other stationary sources cuts short the lives of hundreds of residents across the Mid-Atlantic 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 Administration to set meaningful limits on from power plants – and we’ve started to see some real progress.

The Mid-Atlantic federal field organizer will tackle critical campaigns like these while building our political power across the region.

Environment America’s Fellowship Program:

Fighting for the environment is the challenge of a lifetime. Yet so many recent college graduates aren’t sure where to start.

Each year, we hire college graduates who – like you – have the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values.

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.

Read more about the Fellowship Program, including a week in the life of a fellow, here.

Learn by doing

Working with our Field Director Christy Leavitt, 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 organizer, a lead advocate 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.

Qualifications:

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:  Complete your application online here.

Contact Information:

Environment America, http://www.environmentamerica.org

For questions: jobs@environmentamerica.org

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