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Field Associate, Wisconsin Environment – Madison, WI

Organization: Environment America and Wisconsin Environment

Position Title:  Field Associate

Location:  Madison, WI

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:

Wisconsin Environment works to advance the environmental vision and values Wisconsinites share. Drawing on a strong track record of success, and the support of thousands of citizen members, we organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.

The results of our work include a renewable energy standard, which requires the state to get 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015, and a state policy to protect our air and water by reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 90 percent.

But let’s not kid ourselves: There’s so much more to do. Our environment faces multiple challenges and opportunities, nowhere more so than in Wisconsin.


Wisconsin Environment’s field associate will build the public and political support we need to protect Wisconsin’s environment in the midst of a volatile political environment. Whether it’s Governor Walker and his allies, big Ag or the fossil fuel industry, we face powerful opposition. We need media attention, the support of broad-based coalitions, an informed public and grassroots action to win the day for our environment. Our field associate will organize news events, bring community leaders and other constituencies together around our issues and organize grassroots actions to show support for our campaigns, including:

  • Go Solar Wisconsin: Wisconsin is addicted to dirty, dangerous fossil fuels. By tapping the enormous potential of the sun we can clean up our energy mix. We’re urging Wisconsin’s leaders to support programs that will ignite a solar energy boom.
  • Healthy Farms, Healthy Planet: Industrial agriculture abuses our environment to fill shelves with low-quality food. We’re urging state and national leaders to support programs, like Farm to School, that protect promoting local, sustainable agriculture.
  • Save Our Lakes: Runoff pollution threatens 90% of Wisconsin’s inland lakes. Last year, urged on by our members, the state approved stronger rules to reduce pollution. Unfortunately, Gov. Walker is trying to weaken the enforcement of these new rules – so we’re working to make sure the public speaks out.

Wisconsin Environment’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 a college graduate who – like you – has the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values.

Our Fellowship Program is a two-year immersion in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of organization-building necessary for the long haul.

Since Wisconsin Environment is also part of Environment America, a national federation of state-based groups, as a fellow you’ll have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, our national staff and staff from other states; take part in national campaigns and national trainings; and travel to Washington, D.C., for a national lobby day.

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

Learn by doing

Working with Wisconsin Environment Advocate Megan Severson, 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 undergone a rigorous training, gained invaluable hands-on experience, and taken on more responsibility than you thought possible. And, best of all, you’ll be ready to take on a greater leadership role with Wisconsin Environment, another state affiliate, or Environment America. You might even start a new state affiliate or launch a new program.


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.

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