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Employer:  Environment America.
Categories:  Program/Project Mgmt.
Legal/Env. Law
Job Type:  Full Time
Experience Required:  Not Required
State/Province:  MN - Minnesota
City:  Minneapolis
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 Regional Field Associates to start in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. in August 2013. 

Organize in politically critical states to advance our national environmental agenda

As part of a team of regional field organizers working in key states across the country, Environment America’s California, Great Plains and Mid-Atlantic Federal Field Organizers will build the public and political support we need to advance our national environmental agenda in communities across their regions. When powerful industries and their political allies stand in the way of environmental progress, we need media attention, the support of broad-based coalitions, an informed public, and grassroots action to counter their power and influence and win the day for our environment. Our Federal Field Organizers will organize news events, bring community leaders and other constituencies together, and organize town hall meetings, rallies and other grassroots actions to show support for our national issues, including:

  • Wind Power for America: American wind energy is a true environmental and economic success story. Wind energy now powers the equivalent of nearly 13 million homes across the country, reducing our dependence on coal and oil and creating a cleaner, healthier future. But powerful polluting interests like the coal and oil industries are lobbying against the incentives the wind industry needs to continue seeing success. We’re working to build and mobilize public support across the country in favor of Congress supporting, not undermining, the wind industry.
  • Protect America’s Waters: Shortsighted legal decisions have left more than half of the nation’s streams, vulnerable to pollution and development. Now, polluters’ allies in Congress are trying to block President Obama from ever restoring protections to America’s waters. 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 do mobilize everyone who cares about America’s waterways – from California to the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Clean Air, Healthy Families: Air pollution from power plants and other stationary sources cuts short the lives of thousands of Americans each year, and leads to more asthma attacks, heart attacks and developmental disorders. These same dirty and aging facilities are responsible for much of the carbon pollution that fuels global warming. We’re urging the Administration to set meaningful limits on from power plants - and we’ve started to see some real progress. But polluters and their allies in Congress are mounting powerful attacks to block or weaken new pollution limits. We’re building the public support to defend against these attacks.

Environment America’s Federal Field Organizers will tackle critical campaigns like these while building our political power across the region.

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 more solar and wind power 22 other states and clean car standards that represent the single biggest step this country has ever taken to tackle global warming.

But let’s not kid ourselves: we are living through an environmental crisis. Temperatures are rising, polar pack 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 Field Director Christy Leavitt, the senior staff at our state affiliates, and others, 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 organizer, a lead advocate 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 these three cities. 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.


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 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. Salary and benefits vary in California.

To learn more and apply

Complete your online application 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. 


Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Washington, D.C.


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

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