Friends of the Earth 2019 Fellowship Program

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1101 15th Street NW
11th Floor
United States



Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups, working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

FOE envisions a world where we live within the ability of the planet to sustain life, and in which all people live with dignity, health and equity. We believe that both environmental crises, as well as widespread social injustice, are intertwined symptoms of flawed ideological, economic and political systems that are violating peoples’ rights, perpetuating oppression, failing to meet the needs of people, and destroying the planet.

We believe that increasing racial diversity within environmental organizations is critical to the future success of our movement. Our Fellowship program is designed to increase the long-term effectiveness of FOE and the environmental movement by operating an inspiring and fulfilling fellowship program that builds skills and relevant job experience for people of color and members of underrepresented communities.

This fellowship aims to create a pathway for people in underrepresented communities to gain further opportunities in environmental advocacy. For our program, we are prioritizing communities that are underrepresented in the mainstream environmental movement. Women, people of color, and youth are highly encouraged to apply. If you do not identify as part of an underrepresented community, that is not a disqualification and we encourage you to apply as well.


About The Fellowship

Each year, we welcome a cohort of five Fellows to work with us full-time for six months in our Washington, DC headquarters. Fellows are paid $20/hour and will receive a one-time stipend of $1,000.

Fellows are placed with our Climate & Energy, Economic Policy, Food & Technology, Oceans & Vessels, or Organizing teams. In addition to substantive work with the teams, the Fellowship program also includes networking and career development opportunities.

The fellowship begins on January 7, 2019 and ends on June 28, 2019.


About Our Teams And Fellowship Positions


The Climate and Energy fellow will work with the Climate and Energy team to support our work to fight climate change, build community participation and partnerships in support of efforts to overcome economic, racial and environmental injustice. Our fellow will assist the research work and coordination for our campaigns, including our work in Tennessee, Florida, and other communities, where FOE is working to phase out coal and nuclear energy and to replace it with local 100% renewable energy. He/she will also help to identify and produce tools and materials to support the program to reach its goals in the fight against climate change, polluters and environmental injustice.


The Food and Agriculture program works to rapidly transition our food system to one that is regenerative, healthy and just. Our fellow will assist our campaign to protect people (especially those on the frontlines of exposure including children, farmworkers and rural communities), pollinators and our environment from toxic pesticides and expand access to healthy, pesticide-free food. First, the fellow will assist in the roll out of a cutting-edge, transformative research project by supporting our organizing, media and communications efforts. Second, they will help advance state legislation to restrict toxic pesticides by assisting with policy advocacy activities including generating calls and emails to legislators and organizing lobby days, in-district meetings, sign-on letters, briefings, press conferences and petition deliveries. Third, they will assist with our efforts to push the country’s largest food retailers to phase our toxic pesticides to protect people and pollinators.


With members of the Economic Policy Team, the fellow will help create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems, here at home and around the world. We work to shape public policies and redirect spending to make polluters pay for the costs of their pollution, put an end to human rights abuses and land grabs, and drive the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy. We do this by addressing the root causes of environmental destruction and the marginalization of communities, and by working to alter lending practices at financial institutions such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank, BlackRock, Wall Street banks, and Chinese banks. The Economic Policy fellow will engage in multiple facets of our advocacy work, which may include research, congressional outreach, coordination with activists and other organizations, event planning, and developing educational and media materials.


The Oceans and Vessels program works to protect our oceans, the tens of millions of people who live near them and the marine life within from the threats of oil spills, air pollution, sewage releases, industrial ocean fish farming, and unnatural ocean noise. Our fellow will work closely with the Oceans and Vessels Program Director and Senior Oceans Campaigners on two projects. First, the fellow will assist our campaign opposing industrial ocean fish farming in Congress where bills are likely to be introduced legitimizing these factory farms of the ocean. Second, the fellow will lead the collection, review, and assembly of key data and information to expand on our annual Cruise Ship Report Card.


The Organizing program focuses on campaigning against the current administration’s attacks on people and the environment through nationwide actions to resist Trump. The Organizing fellow will gain experience working with a national grassroots program. He/she will help with recruitment, leadership development, and the implementation of campaign tactics. We are looking for individuals who care about the intersection of environmental and social justice issues and have a passion to take action.



Responsibilities for each Fellowship varies, but typically Fellows:

  • Perform research, writing and editing
  • Assist with campaign, policy and public advocacy
  • Take part in outreach and communications efforts
  • Help organize people and events
  • Participate in strategy, planning, and campaign meetings
  • Complete a “capstone project” and present it to their peers and co-workers.



No specific academic or professional experience is required, but we are looking for people who are passionate about the environment and/or social justice. An environmental background, and previous (volunteer or paid) experience in non-profit organizations, advocacy, political campaigns are pluses.

Qualified applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Committed to environmental and social justice
  • Able to work well in team setting
  • Motivated, and willing to learn and take initiative
  • Able to use Microsoft Office suite products such as Excel and Word, and Google applications


Fellows are paid $20/hour and will receive a one-time stipend of $1,000.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

To apply, fill out the application form.

Applications are due by 11:59pm, October 26, 2018.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.