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Employer:  Environment America.
Categories:  Legal/Env. Law
Travel Required:  5-15%
Job Type:  Full Time
State/Province:  ME - Maine
City:  Portland
Salary:  $24,000 in your first year and $25,500 in your second year
Job Description: 

Become an Environment Maine fellow

If you're looking for the opportunity to organize, advocate and fight for Maine’s environment, apply to be an Environment Maine fellow today. Specifically, we’re looking for a Preservation Associate to start in August.

Work to Protect Sebago Lake and other natural treasures across Maine

Environment Maine’s preservation associate will organize support for and advocate stronger policies to protect special places across Maine – including Acadia National Park, the Gulf of Maine and Sebago Lake.

Right now we’re working to stop ExxonMobil from pumping tar sands oil through the Sebago watershed. Sebago Lake State Park is the busiest state campground in Maine. In addition to being a favorite place to swim, boat and fish for generations of Mainers, Sebago is so pristine that it provides clean drinking water to the Greater Portland area. And it’s the deepest lake in Maine, with its own unique ecosystem. ExxonMobil’s plan threatens all of that.

An old oil pipeline from the 1950s passes through the Sebago Lake watershed, coming within 1,000 feet of the lake itself. A conventional oil spill is an ecological disaster, but a tar sands oil spill is even worse.  A spill like this in the Sebago watershed, or near any of Maine’s natural treasures, would be utterly disastrous.

At Environment Maine, we think Sebago Lake should remain pristine and be a place where families can continue to go for generations to come.  And tar sands should remain in the ground. Instead of using more energy to create dirtier sources we should focus on getting more clean energy for our future. And we believe we have an opportunity to convince lawmakers that this project is too risky. But we’re up against a lot of opposition from ExxonMobil and other major oil industry players. Environment Maine’s Preservation Associate will lead our efforts to educate citizens about this threat, and build and mobilize the public support to stop it.

Environment Maine

Environment Maine works to advance the environmental vision and values Mainers share—whether it’s protecting the places we love, or cutting our dependence on dirty energy sources like oil. Drawing on a strong track record of success, and the support of more than 17,000 citizen members and supporters, we organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.

The results of our work include spearheading and passing a bipartisan bill that sets real goals for breaking Maine’s oil dependence and forcing Gov. Paul LePage to scale back his plan to tilt the rules that govern development in Maine’s North Woods to favor developers.

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 Maine. The outcomes of key debates being waged here will have consequences that will be felt locally and nationally.

Environment Maine’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 recent college graduates who - like you - have 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 Environment Maine is also part of Environment America, a national federation of state-based groups, as a fellow you also 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.

Learn by doing

Working with Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor, 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 Environment Maine, another state affiliate, or Environment America. You might even start a new state affiliate or launch a new program.


We’re seeking candidates who are ready to commit their time, talent and passion to advocating, organizing and fighting for the environment. Being a fellow is not for everybody. It’s tough, demanding and the challenges never stop. We look for smarts, academic excellence, leadership experience, creativity, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn. We value leadership or activist experience of all kinds, especially organizing, grassroots outreach and building campus groups.


We’re not just hiring in Maine. Environment America is accepting applications for fellowship positions with our state affiliates across the country and in Washington, D.C. 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. We accept applications on a rolling basis.  Most fellowships begin in August, though a limited number are available throughout the year.

Salary and benefits

As an Environment Maine fellow, you’ll earn $24,000 in your first year and $25,500 in your second year. You’re eligible to opt into our group health plan at no additional cost. You accrue two weeks of paid vacation over the course of your first year, and an additional three weeks in your second year. You’re 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.

To learn more and apply

Complete your online application here.

Questions? E-mail 


Looking for an internship instead? Apply to be an Environment Maine intern. You’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us.


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