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Employer:  Environment America.
Categories:  Program/Project Mgmt.
Legal/Env. Law
Job Type:  Full Time
Experience Required:  Not Required
State/Province:  DC - District of Columbia
City:  Washington
Salary:  $24,000
Job Description: 

Become an Environment America fellow

If you're looking for the opportunity to organize, advocate and fight for the environment, apply to be an Environment America fellow today. Specifically, we’re looking for a Clean Water Associate to start in Washington D.C. in August 2013. The early application deadline for this position is February 15th.

Work to protect America’s waterways

Environment America’s Clean Water Associate will work with our Clean Water Advocate to drive a campaign focused on protecting America’s rivers, lakes and streams from water pollution. 

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes, and all the smaller rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands in between, Americans love and depend on our waterways. Unfortunately, more than half of our streams and 117 million Americans’ drinking water don’t have the protection they need from the Clean Water Act. Now, polluters’ allies in Congress are trying to block President Obama from ever restoring protections to these treasured waterways. We’re working to show massive public support for crucial clean water protections. So far, we’ve delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water, but if we’re going to push past powerful polluters, we’re going to need to mobilize everyone who cares about America’s waterways – from California to the Great Plains to New England.

Specifically, the clean water associate will work within D.C. to advance the campaign - including advocacy, research, national coalition coordination and national media outreach - and work with our state affiliates to drive this campaign in the field.

The clean water associate will also help to build the organization by recruiting and overseeing interns, recruiting new staff, directing a summer citizen outreach office over two summers, and communicating with our members through email alerts, newsletters and mailings.

Environment America

Environment America works to advance the environmental vision and values we share—clean energy, clean water, wilderness and wildlife protection, healthy food and sustainable agriculture, and more. With nearly 100 professional staff, more than 1 million members, activists and allies, and affiliates in 29 states, we organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.

The results of our work include caps on global warming pollution in five states and a regional cap on global warming pollution from power plants in 10 states and clean car standards that will do more than any other single step to reduce our dependence on oil and cut global warming pollution.

But let’s not kid ourselves: we are living through an environmental crisis.

Temperatures are rising, polar ice is melting, catastrophic fires are burning, and pollution has created dead zones in the oceans. Each day, another development, another big-box store, another drilling rig, another mining operation crowds out a little more wilderness.

Fighting for the environment is the challenge of a lifetime. You need to start somewhere. But where?

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.

Read more about the Fellowship Program, including a week in the life of a fellow, here.

Learn by doing

Working with our Clean Water Advocate Shelley Vinyard, 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 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 not just hiring in D.C. Environment America is accepting applications for fellowship positions across the country. 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. Most fellowships begin in August, though a limited number are available throughout the year, like this one.


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.

Salary and benefits

As the Clean Water Associate you would earn $24,000 in your first year and $25,500 in your second year. You’d be eligible to join our group health plan at no cost to you. You’d accrue two weeks of paid vacation over the course of your first year, and three weeks in your second year. You’d 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.

To learn more and apply

Complete your application online here.

Questions? E-mail:


Looking for an internship instead? Apply to be an Environment America 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.



Washington D.C.


The early application deadline for this position is February 15th.
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