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Sun, June 1, 2014
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Become an Environment Texas Fellow
If you're looking for the opportunity to organize, advocate and fight for Texas’s environment, apply to be an Environment Texas fellow today. We’re hiring a Field Fellow to start in August.
Environment Texas’s Field Fellow: Work to protect Texas’s environment
When decisions are being made about Texas's environment, our elected officials hear plenty from the oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help make the public’s voice heard.
And we’re hiring! Environment Texas is hiring a Field Fellow to stand up to polluting industries in Texas and fight for our state’s green future. Our Field Fellow will tackle critical campaigns:
• Save Texas’ Rivers: Environment Texas is working to save Texas’ rivers. Whether we’re canoeing the Colorado on a hot summer afternoon, watching turtles in the Comal, or rope swinging into the cool waters of the Guadalupe, our rivers are a big part of what makes living in Texas great. But even after a record drought, big developers and oil companies keep on wasting water—leaving some rivers running low and others running dry. So Environment Texas is working to keep our rivers and lakes healthy and flowing.
• Fighting Fracking: Fracking, a dangerous form of gas and oil drilling, is wreaking havoc across Texas – contaminating drinking water sources, making families sick with air pollution, and using up billions of gallons of fresh water. What’s more, local communities and drinking water sources are vulnerable to toxic fracking waste because this dirty drilling is exempt from our bedrock environmental and public health laws. Texas is ground zero for drilling, containing about half the drilling rigs in the country and one-quarter in the world. So Environment Texas is working to win short-term limits on fracking – for example strengthening the earthquake safety standards for wastewater injection wells – while building a movement that one day can stop fracking once and for all.
Our Field Fellow will tackle critical campaigns like these while building our political power across the state.
Environment Texas’ mission is to win concrete results to improve the quality of air, water and land in Texas. We’re working to protect Texas’ rivers, parks and coast from unsustainable development and water use. We’re working to protect public health by stopping illegal air pollution from some of the state’s biggest polluters. And we’re working towards a cleaner, healthier, safer energy future that is built on solar, wind and other renewables.
The results of our work include extending federal tax incentives for wind energy, fighting budget cuts that would have closed 20 state parks and winning landmark settlements against Shell Oil and Chevron Phillips.
But let’s not kid ourselves: There’s so much more to do. Our environment faces multiple challenges and opportunities, nowhere more so than in Texas.
Environment Texas’s Fellowship Program
As an Environment Texas fellow, you’ll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the kinds of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles like the fight for clean energy.
You’ll work alongside our experienced staff and you’ll participate in classroom trainings a few times a year to complement what you learn in the field.
As a fellow, you won’t just learn how to make an impact; you’ll make one. Here are a few examples:
– You’ll build powerful coalitions. You’ll recruit like-minded groups to join your campaign.
- You’ll set up and speak at news conferences. You’ll create news events to get the word out about your campaign through the media. You’ll also meet with editorial boards, and get op-eds published.
- You’ll run citizen outreach campaigns. You’ll help build your organization, learning to fundraise, manage staff, and educate the public.
- You’ll lobby lawmakers directly. You’ll learn to make a convincing case for our policy goals by demonstrating the public support we’ve tapped into at the state and federal level.
You’ll also have the opportunity to educate and mobilize voters to support pro-environment candidates. We’ve endorsed pro-environment candidates in tight state races since 2008, organizing in key districts to help them win. And we plan to do so again this fall.
Beyond your first two years
After two years as an Environment Texas fellow, you’ll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience and you’ll have made a real difference for the environment. Best of all, you’ll be ready to become a lead advocate, a lead organizer or a state director with Environment Texas or with one of our state affiliates in 28 other states. That’s the path taken by many of the people who are now leading Environment America's top state and federal campaigns.
We’re seeking candidates committed to fighting for a green future. Being a fellow is not for everybody. It’s tough work, and the challenges never stop. 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.
Let us know if you’re interested in positions in other states. We can put you in touch with our state affiliates across the country.
Our Field Fellow would start in August.
Salary and benefits
You’ll earn $24,500 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
Apply here. Contact Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for an internship instead? Apply to be an Environment Texas intern. You’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us.