Volunteer opportunity posted by: Endangered Species Coalition
Posted on: February 27, 2013
PLEASE NOTE THAT, ALTHOUGH WASHINGTON, DC, IS SELECTED BELOW AS THE STATE (a limitation of the Idealist web site), MOST OF THESE FELLOWSHIPS ARE OPPORTUNITIES IN STATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
Endangered Species Coalition Fellowships
The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation's disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places. Through education, outreach and citizen involvement, we work to protect endangered species and the special places where they live. We specialize in grassroots organizing, mobilizing citizens to participate in the democratic political process.
Our fellowship program is looking for individuals who are: good communicators, self-starters, organized, and self-disciplined. Individuals who are comfortable talking on the phone and engaging people in conversation will excel and will have the opportunity to take full advantage of what these positions offer—a potential for a high level of responsibility, the chance to network with individuals from dozens of groups, and the ability to develop and refine transferrable skills essential to virtually any job in the conservation field. These fellowships will involve some research and/or writing. However, these are generally not considered research and writing positions (if these are your main interests, this is not a good fit for you).
Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis and are 4-6 month-long volunteer positions. Fellow hours are negotiable; however a minimum of 20 hours is required (more preferred). All fellows receive an iPad mini to conduct their work. Fellows who satisfactorily complete the full term of the fellowship may keep their iPad mini for personal use post-fellowship. Fellows work from home, for the most part, but are required to participate in events, meetings, etc.
Locations: Pacific Northwest (WA, OR), Northeast (NJ, PA, NY, CT, VT, RI, MA, NH, ME), California, Southwest (NV, UT, AZ, NM), Central (OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, IO, MO), Gulf Coast (TX, LA, MS, AL), Great Lakes (MN, WI, MI, IL), Southeast (FL, GA, SC, NC, TN), Mid-Atlantic (VA, MD, DE, DC), Rockies (ID, MT, WY, CO), Hawaii, Alaska
Organizing Fellows build the necessary public and political support needed to advance endangered species protections. Each Fellow will be part of a national team of organizers working together on coordinated efforts to win victories and build long-term support for imperiled wildlife. Organizing Fellows will help us expand our Endangered Species Day events by planning their own events, and also by reaching out to local conservation and community groups, parks, libraries, etc., to support them in creating new events. Fellows will cultivate spokespeople for our "Wild Success" campaign by tabling (staffing tables/booths) at "green" events and through other outreach tactics. Organizing Fellows will reach out to current member groups and cultivate new member groups to participate in joint efforts to protect endangered species. And Organizing Fellows will provide content regarding local/regional endangered species happenings for our social media work.
Member Group Fellow
Location: Continental U.S.
The Member Group Fellow will take a leading role in reaching out to our national network of organizations. The Member Group Fellow will coordinate his/her work at the national level, collaborating with the Organizing Fellows around the country, and will help organize in regions where there are no fellows. The Member Group Fellow duties will include: engaging member groups on joint campaigns (such as Endangered Species Day and our Top Ten Report); securing signatures from groups for joint sign-on letters; informing member groups about our upcoming webinars and conference calls; reaching out to member groups to garner relevant information for our social media; cultivating additional groups for potential membership in the coalition; assisting us with our annual membership solicitation; and updating our database with the most current contact information.
Our Washington, DC office is our national headquarters, which oversees our campaigns and programs. The DC fellow will support all of our DC-based work, including helping us reach out to member groups, educating the public, advocating for endangered species protections, and staging events.
We hold fly-ins, bringing spokespeople from around the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with their decision-makers. The DC Fellow will help coordinate our fly-ins; will research, write, and print related materials; and will participate in distributing materials on Capitol Hill. The DC Fellow will also help with our educational efforts: organizing Endangered Species Day events; reaching out to environmental organizations, state parks and other institutions to encourage them to hold Endangered Species Day events; and tabling (staffing tables/booths) at Endangered Species Day and other "green" events. The DC Fellow will also participate in the research and implementation of our fundraising and other events.
Endangered Species Act at 40 Fellow
Location: Continental U.S.
We are producing an e-book to celebrate this year's 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The authors of the essays and other writings include this country's leading scientists and conservationists, among others. The Fellow will play a leading role in managing the production of the book, including soliciting additional submissions, organizing submissions, interfacing with the designer, and assisting in the publishing. This fellowship is an incredible opportunity to be a part of a project that will harness authors, astronauts, architects, artists, celebrities, conservationists, fishermen, military officials, ranchers, scientists, and other Americans in celebrating this important law.