City Hall Advocate

Work must be performed in or near San Antonio, TX
Published 23 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
July 22, 2024
Application Deadline
July 19, 2024
Experience Level
USD $33,000 - $40,000 / year


Environment Texas City Hall Advocate

Our cities are vibrant communities that have so much potential for solutions that help protect clean air, clean water, open spaces, and a liveable climate. Environment Texas is hiring advocates in Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio to work full-time to help local leaders put the environment first in their decision making.

Key Responsibilities

Our City Hall Advocate will work with our Executive Director and other staff on local campaigns.  We’ll be advocating for increasing funding for city parks and open spaces, protecting clean water, investing in clean, efficient transportation options, transitioning away from polluting lawn equipment, and more. This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance. 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Program Development and Strategy: Help develop programs and campaigns around relevant policies at City Hall, including researching the issue, identifying viable policy solutions, and proposing a winning political strategy. 
  • Advocacy and Coalition-building: Meet directly with decision makers in the city government, corporations and academia, and make the case for our policy solutions in meetings, hearings, and other forums. Develop strong and collaborative relationships with city staff, partner organizations, community leaders, council members and staff, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals. Build relationships with unlikely allies who might agree with us on one issue, even if we disagree on other issues. 
  • Communications and Media: Write reports, fact sheets, news releases, blogs, op-eds, and other forms of communication to get our message in the media and heard by decision-makers and the public. Serve as the public spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.
  • Fundraising: Raise money from charitable foundations and individual donors to support our work.
  • Recruitment and training: Recruit and train new interns and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power. Participate in recruitment of new staff.


You are:

  • Passionate about the environment and using the power of grassroots organizing to win campaigns.
  • A campaign advocate or grassroots organizer with at least 2 years of advocacy or organizing experience. Advanced degrees may count toward experience.
  • An effective communicator with excellent writing and public speaking skills. Experience getting traditional and digital media coverage in previous work is a plus.
  • Creative and effective at solving complex problems; a strategic thinker who can take advantage of new opportunities.
  • A people person and good listener with a track record of successful access-building; willing and interested in working with people who think differently than you.
  • Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals at once.

Additional helpful experience: 

  • Experience in city government or other government office, or with an environmental or public health advocacy organization is a plus but not required. 
  • Fundraising experience, particularly in grant-seeking from charitable foundations.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range for this position is $33,000-$40,000 and depends on relevant experience, education, and location. Candidates on the lower end of directly relevant experience should expect to be on the lower end of this range; candidates on the higher end of relevant experience are likely to be on the higher end of this range. Environment Texas offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, paid time off, our commuter benefit program, a 401(k) plan with employer match, parental leave, long term disability insurance, and may include needs-based student loan assistance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


We are hiring City Hall Advocates in each of the following cities: Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. 


Apply here.

About Environment Texas

Environment Texas is part of Environment America. Environment America tackles the most profound problem of our time: a way of living that is destroying the natural world. 

We’re advocates for energy conservation and renewable power, so we can keep oil in the ground and stop burning fossil fuels. We’re champions of plastic reduction, so nothing we use for a few minutes is allowed to pollute our oceans for centuries. And we’re defenders of wildlife and wild places, both for their own sake as well as the awe and wonder they bring to our lives. 

Environment America’s national network of 30 state environmental groups work to improve our quality of life by reducing the pollution and other harms of how we produce, consume and dispose of more and more stuff. And we do it one step at a time, by winning results for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife, open spaces, and a livable climate that make a tangible difference in people's lives and our environment.

Our Mission and Values

Why work with Environment Texas? Check out 10 reasons:

Environment Texas and Environment America are part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment Texas is an equal opportunity employer.

Environment Texas City Hall Advocate

Our cities are vibrant communities that have so much potential for solutions that help protect clean air, clean water, open spaces, and a liveable climate. Environment Texas is hiring advocates in…


Work must be performed in or near San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX, USA

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