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Date: July 22, 2013

2014 Fellowship – Environment America

Apply to be an Environment America fellow

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.

Learn by doing

You won’t be rehearsing to make an impact—you’ll be making one. As a fellow you’ll:

  • Plan and run grassroots campaigns: you’ll identify a policy or power-building goal, develop a strategy, then devise and carry out the tactics of your campaign.
  • Organize town hall meetings: you’ll create events where constituents have an opportunity to make their needs clear and hold politicians accountable. You’ll also lobby lawmakers directly, learning to make a convincing case for our policy goals.
  • Set up and speak at news conferences: you’ll create news events to get the word out about your campaign through the media. You’ll also meet with editorial boards, and get op-eds published.
  • Run citizen outreach campaigns: you’ll build the power of your organization, learning to fundraise, manage staff and educate the public.

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 advocate, a lead organizer 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.


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.


We’re accepting applications with our state affiliates across the country and in Washington, D.C. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Most fellowships begin in August, though a limited number are available throughout the year. You can apply through Environment America or directly with one of our state affiliates. If you’re flexible, you can apply for multiple positions in multiple locations.

You can learn more about the individual fellowship positions we’re looking to fill this year by visiting our Available Positions page.

Salary and benefits

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. You’ll be eligible to join our group health plan at no cost to you. You’ll accrue two weeks of paid vacation over the course of your first year, and three weeks in your second year. You’ll be eligible to apply for college loan assistance after your third month, and to participate in our 401(k) plan at the end of your first year. Salary and benefits vary in California and New York.

Available positions and how to apply

Click here to apply. Contact our Recruitment Department at jobs@environmentamerica.org with any questions.

Fall 2013 Internship – Environment America (Washington, DC; Boston, MA & more)

If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment America. We’re taking applications now for fall 2013 internships in Washington D.C. and 29 states across the country.

So, what do interns with Environment American and the State Environment Groups do? Make a real impact on critical environmental issues!

You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. And you’ll work one-on-one with one of our advocates and organizers, providing a unique, mentored experienced.

Responsibilities vary, but you’ll do some mix of:

  • Researching critical environmental problems and preparing reports to release to the public
  • Coordinating and attending media events, like news conference
  • Writing and publishing letters to the editor and working on news releases
  • Attending lobby meetings with lawmakers and other decision-makers
  • Working with coalition partners, like public health groups and other environmental groups
  • Tracking legislation or regulations on the federal or state levels
  • Generating public support for our campaigns, such as by collecting petitions or using social media

And you’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn more about environmental issues and gain advocacy and organizing skills.

Our internships are unpaid, and we cannot provide housing or travel assistance. We will work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option.

What happens after my internship?

Through an internship with Environment America or one of the State Environment Groups you’ll get the training and the experience you need to be prepared for a career in the environmental movement. And each year, we hire passionate, talented and committed college graduates to join our Fellowship Program. Some of our former interns have gone on to become some of our most successful Fellows.


We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, eagerness to learn, and a sense of humor.

To start an application, click here.

Social Change Agents – Green Action (Flexible work location)

Green Action USA and the Green Shadow Cabinet seek dedicated, personable, experienced, and skilled social change agents to manage Green Action, Inc.; d/b/a Green Action USA, a new 501(c)4 organization promoting practices that lead to a more ecological, just, peaceful, and democratic society and to carry forward the Green Shadow Cabinet, a project of Green Action USA.


  • 5 or more years experience in social change work;
  • administrative/management experience;
  • ability to coordinate multiple tasks and ensure timely performance;
  • superior writing and editing skills;
  • commitment to green values and social change;
  • ability to use a web text editor and a rudimentary understanding of html a plus;
  • experience with drupal and civicrm a plus;
  • ability to edit Spanish a plus;
  • a steady hand and a sense of humor.

Note that work location is flexible, though residence in the Madison, Wisconsin or Boston, Massachusetts areas is preferred.


  • Daily or near-daily updating of GreenShadowCabinet.US content;
  • Coordination of conference calls by Cabinet members and others as needed;
  • Day to day administration of non-profit organization, including supervision of staff;
  • Long-term strategic development of Green Action USA;
  • Overseeing online fundraising, direct mail, and major donor fundraising programs;
  • Responding to inquiries.

Note that depending on the pool of applicants, we may decide to divide these responsibities into two positions, one full time and one half time.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience;
  • Assistance with health insurance costs;
  • Bonuses and raises as appropriate.

DEADLINE for applications is ongoing and each application will be reviewed on reception. A hire decision will be made by August 15th, 2013.

TO APPLY send a one page letter of interest, resume/CV, as well as at least three references with contact information, to: Info-at-GreenShadowCabinet.US.

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