Friday, January 16, 2015

Environmental Law & Policy Center Field Organizer Fellowship

Field Organizer Fellowship
The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an entry-level Field Organizer for a one-year fellowship term.  The Field Organizer’s primary job responsibilities involve outreach to community groups for ELPC’s children’s health protection and diesel pollution reduction campaign, and focused work on other “hot” ELPC campaigns where additional help is needed. S/he will seek and engage new partners, help to coordinate relationships with coalition members, engage in community outreach activities, and draft informational and persuasion pieces.  This is a great opportunity to learn and get exposure to the major environmental issues facing the Midwest at one of the region’s largest environmental groups.
ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C.  ELPC has an annual budget of $6.5 million and started in 1993.  See

RESPONSIBILITIES: Be a member of ELPC’s Children’s Health Protection and Diesel Pollution Reduction Campaign team (2/3 of Field Organizer’s time), and assist on other ELPC project teams as hot issues arise. Seek out, meet with and energize grassroots partners, attend and participate in public meetings, and otherwise assist ELPC’s project staff advance our goals.  Draft short educational and persuasion pieces, conduct research for special projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: This Field Organizer must be a good people person (comfortable meeting people and finding common ground), persuasive, flexible, able to learn quickly and work effectively in a fast-paced professional environment with public interest attorneys, MBAs, public policy advocates and communications specialists. S/he should have good writing skills, be hard-working, able to multi-task and prioritize work under deadlines. Some knowledge of environment, clean energy, climate change solutions and/or other public policy issues is valued.  In short, ELPC is looking to hire a smart Organizer who can effectively represent the organization and advance its mission.  A Bachelors’ degree, previous work and/or internship experience is required.

SALARY:  $30,000, plus excellent benefits.  This fellowship position is for one year.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.