Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) Intern

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Sierra Club National
Washington, DC
Published 3 days ago


Job Title: Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) Intern

Department: Program Department

Location: Washington, DC preferred

Reports to: Outdoors for All Campaign Director (OAK’s Chair)

Duration: 37.5 hours/week for 6 months


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it. 

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All campaign seeks to advance a just, equitable, and inclusive movement that ensures access to the outdoors for all people. The campaign works to advance outdoor equity through several national and local projects including the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national strategic partnership of over 100 organizations and businesses working to connect children, youth and families to the outdoors. Since 2010, this multi-sector coalition has worked to raise awareness and activate leaders and decision-makers at the federal level to support change efforts that expand and strengthen equitable outdoor education, community health and wellness, and conservation opportunities for children, youth and families across America. The OAK Internship provides hands-on experience into the federal policy process, advocacy, partnership engagement and coalition coordination. Interns in this paid, temporary position will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about and engage in outdoors policy at the federal level and work side-by-side with some of the most influential organizations in the US.


Scope: Works closely with the OAK’s Chair and Senior Campaign Representative, OAK Members, and Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All campaign team. Assists in advancing OAK’s short and long-term goals, including carrying out advocacy and government relations activities and supporting policies and projects prioritized by the alliance. In cooperation with Sierra Club staff and OAK members, centers equity in all OAK activities. Researches and analyzes federal, state and local policy, drafts communications, performs outreach, helps to plan OAK events, helps keep website and social media sites up to date. Performs special projects as assigned.


Job Activities:

  1. Operationalizes equity, inclusion, justice and anti-oppression values and the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing in all activities. 
  2. Assists in the planning of OAK meetings and events, including the annual OAK Week. Helps coordinate aspects of OAK’s quarterly advocacy days (virtual), including scheduling meetings with Congressional staff, drafting talking points, developing materials, etc. Takes notes at meetings and events and disseminates to relevant stakeholders in a timely manner. 
  3. Assists with outreach to non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies. Contributes to the development of an asset map of the alliance, updates OAK’s membership database, and performs research on potential alliance members and partner groups. 
  4. Working with our communications team, contributes content for emails, newsletters, website, blog and social media. 
  5. Performs policy research and analysis and tracks media coverage. Attends (virtually) Congressional briefings, hearings and other activities, takes notes, and distributes to relevant stakeholders.
  6. Performs special projects and miscellaneous duties as assigned. 


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Equity Analysis and Practice. Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, justice and anti-oppression values. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role. 
  • Interpersonal skills. Exhibits emotional intelligence, ability to engage in courageous conversations, especially around equity and inclusion, ability to build and maintain transformational relationships.
  • Communication skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Experience developing PowerPoint presentations, one-pagers, fact-sheets, etc. Comfort with (or ability to quickly learn) using software and online tools, such as the Google Suite, WordPress, MailChimp, Facebook and Twitter. 
  • Work Ethics and Dependability. Ability to set and honor deadlines, follow through on commitments, and be responsive to a variety of communications styles. Flexible to meet needs of an ever-changing landscape. 

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Policy and advocacy expertise. 
  • Knowledge of justice, environmental/conservation, health and wellness, youth and/or outdoors movements. 


Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $15 per hour; 37.5 hours per week for six months.

This is a category 99, non-exempt, non-represented, temporary position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.



This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names. 

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process. 

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.


Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.



Job Title: Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) Intern

Department: Program Department

Location: Washington, DC preferred

Reports to: Outdoors for All Campaign Director (OAK’s Chair)

Duration: 37.5 hours/week for 6…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    March 1, 2022
  • End Date
    August 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    February 25, 2022
  • Payment
  • Stipend / Wage
    $15 per hour
  • Hours Per Week
    37.5 hours per week for six months


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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