Job posted by: Work for Progress
Posted on: July 25, 2014
Fight the climate crisis and tar sands
We're building a movement in Maine to solve the climate crisis, which threatens so much of what makes our state home—lobstering, farming, tapping, ice fishing, our rugged coast, mild summers, fall foliage, great skiing and so much more. At Environment Maine, we're bringing together citizens, local leaders and elected officials to stop ExxonMobil's tar sands pipeline through Maine, pass bold U.S. EPA action to require the biggest polluters to clean up and lay the groundwork for transformational change in our energy future to preserve our state and planet.
Environment Maine is hiring an organizer to stand up to polluting industries and fight for a green future.
Environment Maine works to advance the environmental vision and values Mainers share—from reversing the trend of deteriorating water quality in our treasured lakes to bringing the local foods movement to scale to building an energy future based on the wind, sun, and other renewable energy. Drawing on a strong track record of success, and the support of 19,000 citizen members and supporters, we organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.
Recent results of our work include forcing ExxonMobil to give up its state permit to export tar sands out of Casco Bay, protecting the North Woods from development, and phasing toxic BPA out of products for babies.
We are part of the Environment America federation, with sister organizations in 28 other states and a national office in Washington, D.C. The expertise and partnerships we draw from our federation allow us to have a big impact on national issues right here in Maine and to showcase what's happening in Maine nationally.
Environment Maine's Fellowship Program
Our organizer will be a part of our Fellowship Program. As a an Environment Maine Fellow, you'll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy, and the kinds of institution building that can sustain long-term battles like the fight to solve the climate crisis.
You'll work alongside our Campaigns Director Taryn Hallweaver, and you'll participate in classroom trainings with Fellows from the Environment America federation a few times a year to complement what you learn in the field.
As a fellow, you won't just learn how to make an impact; you'll make one. Here are a few examples:
- You'll organize rallies and public hearings. You'll bring people together at events that draw attention to your campaigns, build momentum for action, and hold politicians accountable.
- You'll build powerful coalitions. You'll recruit other organizations, local leaders, and VIPs to join your campaigns.
- You'll set up and speak at news conferences. You'll organize news events to get the word out about your campaigns through the media. You'll also be a spokesperson for the organization, meet with editorial boards, and publish op-eds.
- You'll run citizen outreach campaigns. You'll help build Environment Maine's membership, learning to fundraise, manage staff, and educate the public.
- You'll lobby lawmakers directly, learning to make a convincing case for our policy goals.
You'll also have the opportunity to educate and mobilize voters to support pro-environment candidates. We've endorsed pro-environment candidates in tight state races since 2008, organizing in key places to help them win. And we plan to do so again in the fall of 2014, including ousting Governor Paul LePage.
Beyond your first two years
After two years as an Environment Maine Fellow, you'll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience, and you'll have made a real difference for the environment. Best of all, you'll be ready to become a lead advocate, a lead organizer or a state director with Environment Maine or with one of our state affiliates in 28 other states. That's the path taken by many of the people who are now leading Environment America's top state and federal campaigns.
We're seeking highly qualified candidates committed to fighting for a green future. Being a Fellow is not for everybody. It's tough work, 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 with organizing, including building campus groups or volunteering/working with a campaign.
Let us know if you're interested in positions in other states. We can put you in touch with our state affiliates across the country.
This position would start in August.
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.