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Climate Grassroots Organizing Fellowship – Richmond, VA or Takoma Park, MD

Organization: Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Position Title: Climate Grassroots Organizing Fellow

Location: Richmond, VA or Takoma Park, MD

Hours & Compensation: 40 hours/week for 10 weeks preferred. Minimum of 20 hours/week for 6 weeks. No compensation information posted.

Position Dates: 6 – 10 weeks.

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted On: March 28, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in this unique region that surrounds our nation’s capital to call for state, national and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability.

We envision a country where clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are prioritized and dirty fossil fuels are phased out; where our world is on a path to 350 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, creating a stable, sustainable climate.


Do you want to fight global warming while gaining valuable grassroots organizing knowledge and experience? If yes, then Chesapeake Climate Action Network has the perfect fellowship for you. We are currently hiring a team of fellows for the summer of 2013. Whether you’re new to organizing or looking to hone your skills, CCAN’s summer organizing fellowships offer valuable experience to learn more and challenge yourself as a climate campaigner.

For ten years, CCAN has been working in Maryland, Virginia, and DC to fight climate change by standing up to polluters and working to pass clean energy policies. This summer, we are working on several fronts to reduce and prevent climate pollution. In Virginia, we are working to bring wind and solar power to the commonwealth by overcoming Dominion Power’s hold on our energy policy, stop dirty energy like offshore oil drilling, and highlight Virginia’s unique vulnerability to climate consequences such as the impact of sea level rise on Hampton Roads. In Maryland, we are building a statewide movement to take on the gas industry and put strong protections in place from the dangerous impacts of fracking. Region-wide, we’ve teamed up with to stop the Keyston XL Pipeline.

Our fellows program includes a two-day intensive training on the skills you need to be a strong organizer, as well as ongoing training from experienced organizers and managers. Apply today to join our team of summer fellows!


  • Participate in community outreach such as collecting petition signatures, door to door canvassing, tabling at events and other field work
  • Learn to plan, organize and execute campaigns, campaign events and creative actions
  • Help recruit new volunteers and work with existing volunteer leaders to implement grassroots campaign tactics
  • Conduct campaign related research as needed
  • Write and publish blog posts and letters to the editor in support of the campaign
  • Have an amazing opportunity to learn grassroots campaigning skills from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the “best regional climate organization in the world.”


  • Driving passion to combat climate change and secure clean energy victories
  • Eagerness to learn environmental advocacy and organizing skills (experience with grassroots organizing is preferred)
  • Blogging experience and social-media skills (preferred)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team to meet goals under deadline
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • A sense of humor, and a friendly positive attitude
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends

How to Apply: Please fill out the internship application here and attach a one-page resume detailing your relevant experience. Supplemental writing samples in the form of letters to the editor, blogs, or other advocacy documents are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Information: 

Chesapeake Climate Action Network,

1108 E Main Street, Suite 603, Richmond, VA 23219

6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 720, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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