Run our state programs in Maryland to help to protect the places we love and promote the core environmental values most Americans share: Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.
Environment Maryland is a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization and a project of Environment America. We believe there’s something special about Maryland — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the jagged coastline of the Eastern Shore, or the rolling hills of western Maryland, the state's natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
And yet it's no secret that the earth is in trouble. For too long, our society has degraded the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, diminished the wildlife and wild places we love, and destabilized the climate we need to survive. Despite the challenges, Environment Maryland and our national network keep finding multiple ways to make a positive difference for the planet. We've won campaigns in Maryland to ban fracking, reduce the use of single-use plastics, and expand clean energy. But there is still more to be done. We are currently recruiting a state advocate to run our state-based programs.
Environment Maryland is a policy and action group with thousands of supporters across the state. Our mission is to protect clean air, clean water and open space. As a state advocate, you will work to keep our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay clean and safe for wildlife and humans alike, advance clean energy solutions, and protect more parks and open spaces. Our current priorities in Maryland include convincing major retailers like Walmart to solarize their rooftops; passing a statewide ban on single use plastic bags; and, reducing global warming pollution in homes and buildings.
Environment America is a national network of 29 state environmental groups with one mission — to change our country and our world to be a greener, healthier place. We have more than 2 million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We promote national, state and local policies that put the earth first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, passage of the 2020 Great America Outdoors Act, America’s most sweeping conservation law in decades, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.
In every campaign we run, we put the earth first. Nothing else matters if we don’t have a healthy planet. Restoring and protecting the environment is our only mission. We also know that lasting progress for the planet comes one challenging step at a time. We have a bold vision of a greener world. But we know that making a difference often requires compromise. We also know that, to make progress sustainable, we need to reach out to everybody, not just the people who already agree with us. We recruit supporters from every state we can — whether it’s considered “red,” “blue” or “purple.” We work with any elected official — Democrat or Republican — who wants to protect our environment. And we do whatever we think will turn public opinion and political momentum toward a greener, healthier world. To make progress sustainable, we reach out to everybody, not just the people who already agree with us.
State Advocate Representative Responsibilities
Program: Run our in-state program, participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.
Advocacy & coalition building: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level. Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.
Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental or public interest campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.
Communications: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental 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: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we're waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.
Candidates must have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience, show excellent judgement and discretion, and have the ability to oversee significant projects. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental and public interest issues, to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We're looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work.
The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.
We do what it takes to turn public opinion and political momentum toward a greener, healthier world. If you want to work hard, challenge yourself, and make an actual impact on the critical environmental issues of our time, then consider a career with Environment America.
Compensation & Benefits
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.
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Things To Know When You Apply
Environment Maryland is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports a group of organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.
Environment Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.
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