Environment America Fellowships
If you're looking for an opportunity to stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future and learn what it takes to win, apply to be an Environment America fellow.
Stop pandering to big polluters and start getting behind the solutions
Global warming is one of the most profound challenges we face. And tackling tough environmental problems – from stopping global warming and fracking to protecting our air and water –will not be easy.
But we don’t need to invent solutions like solar panels or the electric car. They already exist.
What we have to do is convince our leaders to stop pandering to big polluters and start getting behind the solutions.
And you are here now because you understand that protecting the environment – from stopping global warming and fracking to protecting our air and water –will not be easy.
Take global warming.
Did you hear last spring how a big chunk of Antarctica is melting into the sea? Scientists called it “unstoppable.”The sea might not swallow Miami or Manhattan for at least a few more decades. But global warming is here now and it’s the problem of our generation – it’s putting island nations underwater and making hurricanes like Sandy more damaging, the drought in California more severe, and the heat waves and wildfires in the West more deadly.
I bet you’ve also heard about families in Pennsylvania whose drinking water has been poisoned by fracking. You were probably angry when Congress threatened to shut down the EPA for enforcing the Clean Water Act, while Big Oil continued to get billion-dollar tax breaks no matter what.
And like us, you probably can’t believe that a thousand-mile pipeline that would carry some of the world’s dirtiest oil is being seriously considered -- when a clean energy future is right at our fingertips.
It’s like the headline The Onion ran a while back: “Scientists Politely Remind World That Clean Energy Technology Ready To Go Whenever.”
We don’t have to invent solutions. The real challenge we face is convincing our leaders to stop pandering to big polluters and start getting behind real solutions.
That’s what you do when you work with Environment America.
We’re hiring a dozen recent college graduates who are ready to tackle America’s toughest environmental problems.
Through Environment America’s two year fellowship program, we team experienced environmental advocates and organizers with new staff like you. To win positive change for the environment, you need a smart strategy and effective tactics, for sure. But most of all, you need grit and determination – because that’s what it takes to mobilize enough public support to win.
That’s how we helped bring more than 3 million people together to call on President Obama to tackle global warming pollution from power plants.
That’s how we mobilized hundreds of thousands of people – including [hundreds of small farmers] behind closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act.
What Fellows Do
Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power.
Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting report on power plant pollution.
Or picture yourself building a coalition around clean water or fracking.
During an election year, imagine mobilizing support for a pro-environment candidate by educating and turning out voters in a key district.
Imagine building the organizational power – the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on – that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.
That’s what you can do and that’s what it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places.
After two years, you’ll have hands-on experience and you’ll have made a real difference for the environment. And, you’ll be ready to become a leader with Environment America. In fact, that’s the path taken by many of the people who are now leading our top state and federal campaigns.
Is it easy? No, we’re up against some wily opponents who are incredibly well-funded.
Is it glamorous? No. Buzzfeed and TMZ are not going to feature you or your work.
Is it rewarding? Absolutely. And given global warming, fracking and all of the tough problems we’re facing, we need to act now.
So, if you’re ready to tackle America’s toughest environmental problems, if you’re up for the challenge of mobilizing the support we need to solve these problems, then I strongly encourage you to apply for a position in our Fellowship Program today.
We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.
Locations and start dates
We’re hiring for Boston, DC, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland and Raleigh. If you’re flexible, you can apply for multiple locations. We accept applications on a rolling basis.
Salary and benefits
Campaign organizers starting in August will earn $25,000 in your first year and $26,000 in your second year. You’ll be eligible to join our group health plan at no cost to you. You’ll receive two weeks of paid vacation at the completion of your first year, and accrue three weeks over the course your second year. You’ll be eligible to apply for college loan assistance after your third month, and to participate in our 401(k) plan at the end of your first year.
To learn more and apply, click here.
What's it like to be a fellow?
Hear from four fellows about their work tackling tough environmental problems and building political power through media work, coalition building and grassroots organizing.
Hear from two former fellows about the work they’re doing to stop fracking at ground zero in Pennsylvania, and how the Fellowship Program prepared them for this fight.
This award is given in honor of the work of Stone Weeks and in memory of Stone and his brother Holt – activists who wanted to make the world a better place and had already started down that path at a young age when they were killed in a tragic highway crash in 2009.