Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Do you want to spend the spring semester learning how to make a real impact on critical environmental issues?

If you do, apply for an internship with Environment Massachusetts: http://environmentmassachusetts.org/page/jobs

Environment Massachusetts is a state-wide, citizen-based environmental advocacy group. Right now, we’re working on to get more wind energy in Massachusetts as well as strengthen pollution rules for power plants to clean up our air.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you will learn how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. For example, this semester I organized and held my first press conference to build public awareness around wind energy tax credits.

Plus, an internship with Environment Massachusetts gives you the training and the experience you need to land a job in the environmental movement after graduation.  In fact, Environment Massachusetts is one of 29 state groups that make up Environment America, a national environmental advocacy group.  Each year, Environment America hires passionate, talented and committed recent college graduates to join our two-year Fellowship Program.

Although Environment Massachusetts internships are unpaid, we can facilitate receiving academic credit.

Click here to learn more and apply online.


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In 1985, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) was founded with the belief that a sustainable and just world can and must be created in our lifetime, and that it will take individuals and communities standing together to confront corporate power to get us there. Through education, grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action, RAN’s campaigns focus on catalyzing market and investment pressure to transform corporate and government policies and behavior in support of forests, the climate and human rights.
The ideal Development Coordinator will bring extraordinary energy, a love of multi-tasking, no fear of learning new technology, multi-faceted skills in project management, event planning and execution to help RAN’s development team raise $4.5mil this coming year. The right person will enjoy providing customer-service-style warmth and information directly to our development team and our “customers,” some of the world’s most dedicated philanthropists for the planet! The Development coordinator will join a fast-paced team that cares deeply about consistency of brand message, customized outreach, professionalism and creating special settings for intimate gatherings and big events.

  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills
  • Experience in Special Events management/coordination
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and timelines
  • WIllingness to work independently from beginning to end of project, as well as side-by-side with Development Director and/or Board members as needed
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as great care and judgement for tone
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Experience with database management
  • Enthusiasm for RAN’s mission and work is essential
Fabulous Bonus Experience:
  • Advanced experience with Raiser’s Edge and ability to run effective queries
  • Experience with Salsa and Drupal
  • Desire to learn about all the different channels of fundraising
  • Ability to “weather” the occasional “fire-drill”
  • High energy, comfort with deadlines and good work-life balance
  • Interest in anti-oppression and diversity work
Please send resume and letter of interest to resumes@ran.org or fax to 415-795-3770 or mail to
HR, Rainforest Action Network
22 Pine St.
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
No phone calls, please.

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Position reports to: Climate and Energy Tax Analyst
Position location: Washington, DC
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: Commensurate with experience and skills

Friends of the Earth U.S. is looking for an Earth Budget Campaign Associate to join our team in fighting to defend the environment and create a more healthy and just world. Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories that helped protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in 76 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

In accomplishing our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world values people and the environment. We are focused on reforming economic drivers such as tax and trade policy that are often used to empower corporations and government to harm the environment.

The Earth Budget Campaign is housed within Friends of the Earth’s economic policy team. The Campaign has four planks: ending subsidies for polluting industries, ensuring adequate funding for government to protect public health and the environment; making polluters pay for the damage caused by their pollution, and encouraging investment in clean alternatives.

Position Overview:

Friends of the Earth is seeking to hire a talented and dedicated individual to support Friends of the Earth’s Climate and Energy Tax Analyst in advocating for an end to subsidies for polluting industries. This position is ideal for someone who has some experience with advocacy in Washington but wants an opportunity to further develop their skills and experience in a fast moving and exciting environment. This position will be based out of Friends of the Earth’s Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Implement strategic campaign and communications strategies in conjunction with the Climate and Energy Tax Analyst, Economic Policy Director and Online Communications Director;
  • Conduct research and analysis to develop reports and articles to educate non-governmental organizations, policymakers, and the public;
  • Represent Friends of the Earth in various networks of non-governmental organizations;
  • Write and produce public education and campaign materials; and
  • Educate members of Congress, the administration, opinion leaders, on tax and budget issues.

Desired Skills and Knowledge:

  • One or more years of experience in policy advocacy (not necessarily environmental), organizing or legislative work at the federal or state level;
  • Knowledge and experience with the legislative process is strongly preferred;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the environment;
  • The ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of campaign activities including advocacy, convening/organizing, policy development, and research, as well as to coordinate media and development staff; and
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.

This position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes healthcare, paid vacation, sick leave, and an employee contribution-based retirement plan.
E-mail cover letter, resume, salary requirement and a short writing sample tojobs@foe.org with the subject heading “Earth Budget Associate.” No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

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A semester with a global environmental organization: what will it look like?
-Twelve weeks with a small group of peers immersed in creative projects, travel, eye-opening discussions, engaging workshops, skills training, and real work to solve critical global environmental
– Travel for three weeks to witness environmental problems first-hand and put your new knowledge to use
-Learn the skills of environmental activism, leadership, communication, and strategic campaigning in a supportive environment
-Live in Washington D.C. – access to monuments, museums, and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and beautiful Shenandoah Valley
-Get experience to open doors for you to a career in the environmental or social justice field

Apply by November 26.

Questions? Contact us at usa-semester@greenpeace.org.

For the planet,

Mary Sweeters
Director, Greenpeace Semester

P.S. Want to hear from a Greenpeace Semester alumnus and see what he’s been up to?

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Urban Greens is seeking a motivated self-starter to assume the new role of Project Manager for the grocery food cooperative (co-op) start-up on the West Side of Providence. The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the growing cooperative, including: community outreach, membership building, development and member loan programs,  budgeting and financial accounting, infrastructure building, and facilitating partnerships with community and municipal organizations.

Candidates for this position should be familiar with and enthusiastic about food justice issues and cooperative ownership structures, have the exceptional ability to coordinate and organize multiple, detailed project streams, and be able to meet deadlines on such projects. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to communicate with individuals and organizations from different backgrounds, be able to work independently and coordinate with the Urban Greens CooperativeCouncil, demonstrate abilities to lead others and build relationships, and be able to both focus on details and the larger mission of the cooperative.

Primary Responsibilities:

Infrastructure Building and Coordinating Progress

  • Develop/maintain relationships and communication with Cooperative Development specialists, Council members, working group members, co-op member-owners, and the community of potential stakeholders and partners, acting as a link between all parties.
  • Create infrastructure and procedures to ensure the smooth working of the organization.
  • Prepare the co-op for the transition to a permanent General Manager.


  • Build relationships with community partners, businesses, farmers, and individuals to educate about the co-op and its mission.
  • Act as liaison between the Council and member-owners/community.
  • Build up the membership-base of the organization.
  • Prepare and present project reports on a regular basis to the Council.
  • Evaluate and modify existing processes to ensure volunteer and working groups are functioning efficiently.


  • Work with the Treasurer and finance working group to plan out the resources needed for the co-op development project.
  • Maintain the organizational budget and review the pro-forma until the General Manager takes over this duty.
  • Be responsible for being aware of every component of the co-op development project–including financial development, internal expansion of the Council, membership and member loan campaigns, marketing and communications, finance and facilities development, community and farmer outreach, and oversee press communications.


  • Passion for food justice, advocacy, community-mobilization, and cooperative structures.
  • Exceptional communication and writing skills.
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage different types of people.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Spanish-language competency preferred.
  • At least one year working experience, preferably working with community organizations or advocacy groups.
  • Computer and technical knowledge, including in social media and digital strategies
  • Experience with budgeting, fundraising, and development.
  • Exposure to non-profit organizations, farms or food-related groups, and advocacy organizations and solid knowledge of the Rhode Island non-profit and organizational landscape.


The Project Manager will report to the Urban Greens Cooperative Council, and will be responsible for planning the co-op development process and seeing that it is completed successfully within the given deadline. Candidates for this position must have excellent management skills to coordinate with the Council, future General Manager, working committees and also with the co-op members, stakeholders, and community. The Project Manager will be a full time position for one year with the possibility of extension. Salary for this position is competitive.

If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@urbangreens.com.

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