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Climate Organizing Fellow, Chesapeake Climate Action Network – Virginia

Organization: Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Position Title: Hampton Roads Climate Organizing Fellowship

Location: Norfolk or Richmond, Virginia

Dates and compensation: 20 hours per week: the positions start on June 15th and end on August 21st.; These positions are unpaid but fellows will receive a weekly travel stipend of $25.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

Description: Hampton Roads is ground zero for the climate crisis in Virginia. Coastal Virginia is second only to New Orleans and Louisiana’s Gulf Coast as the largest U.S. population center at greatest risk of flooding due to sea-level rise. We need adapt to the sea level rise we’re already locked into, while investing in Virginia clean energy to reduce the pollution at the heart of the problem.

In the 2015 General Assembly, CCAN introduced an historic piece of legislation that would do just that. The Virginia Coastal Protection Act would generate up to $200 million per year to invest in adaptation measures in Hampton Roads and clean energy statewide, all while lowering emissions of the heat-trapping pollution causing our seas to rise. While we didn’t win in 2015, we built a strong base of support and we’ll be bringing this legislation back in 2016. This summer, we need to capitalize on the momentum we built and lay the groundwork that we need to win. Our Hampton Roads Climate Organizing Fellows will be part of making climate history in Virginia.


  • Participate in community outreach such as collecting petition signatures, door to door canvassing and phone banking
  • Host events including community activist meetings and climate workshops
  • Help recruit and train new volunteers
  • Help recruit new coastal partners
  • Lobby legislators
  • Conduct campaign related research as needed
  • Conduct data entry as needed


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

How to Apply: Apply today! Please indicate that you are applying for the Hampton Roads Climate Organizing Fellowship. 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 are due March 31st and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are highly encouraged.

Please email Harrison Wallace, CCAN’s Hampton Roads Organizer, with any questions. Harrison can be reached at [email protected].

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