The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a talented Policy Fellow to assist the Virginia Director with research, policy development, and outreach during the 2022 legislative session. This fellowship is reserved for candidates of color seeking to break into the climate world, especially students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, although qualifying candidates from any school are encouraged to apply. 

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — such as solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out. We strive to include principles of justice and equity in every policy that we advocate for, with the knowledge that racial and social justice is foundational to climate justice.

In Virginia, we fight for solutions that match the scale of the climate crisis the state is facing. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool available – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We helped stop an $8 billion pipeline, weakening one of the nation’s most powerful polluters (Dominion Energy), and we are standing in the way of two other fracked gas pipelines. In 2020, we led the charge towards the first 100% clean electricity mandate in the South. 

About the Position 

The Policy fellow will have the skills, passion, and commitment to take on one of the biggest problems facing our planet in a state newly committed to tackling it with equity and justice. The ideal candidate will be just as excited to help track bills as they move through the General Assembly as they are to research policy options and generate corresponding memos to Virginia’s state director. 

What You Will Do

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Legislative Research:
    • Conduct legislative research, resulting in memos and talking points focused on phasing out fossil fuels and and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Monitor and regularly update staff about our priority legislation.
    • Draft and research language for memos and talking points related to environmental justice, fossil fuel and vehicle pollution reduction, and transit.
  • Content Creation:
    • Provide content for CCAN’s websites.
    • Draft memos related to CCAN and coalition priority policies
  • Bill outreach and education:
    • Attend meetings to educate legislators, journalists, and other leaders about emerging policy challenges and opportunities.
    • Attend committee meetings to testify on key legislation. 
    • Attend and take notes during related coalition meetings
    • Collaborate with partners to create and execute lobbying strategies to ensure passage of key legislation 
    • Assist with CCAN’s virtual lobby day


Priority consideration will be given to current Virginia HBCU students, but qualifying candidates from any school will be considered (must reside in Maryland, DC, or Virginia). Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice.
  • Strong dedication to justice, equity, and inclusion 
  • Tech-savvy – ability to quickly learn new online tools.
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working effectively with a team 
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers  

The Details

CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this position will rely heavily on remote project management and the utilization of digital tools to move people to action from the safety of their homes. However, you must reside in Maryland, DC, or Virginia.

Because the timeline of this position will overlap with the Virginia Legislative Session, some in-person work may be available but will be determined by local public health precautions, candidate comfort level, and vaccination status. If health conditions allow, this position may involve travel throughout the state. Mileage reimbursement is available for all CCAN-required travel except travel to and from the office (commute).  The Virginia Policy Fellow reports to the Virginia Director, and occasionally works with other Virginia staff. 

Compensation is $15.00 per hour for 20-25 hours per week during the Winter/Spring semester over a period of approximately 15 weeks. Anticipated start date is early January, 2022.

How to Apply: 

Please fill out this Google form application, by November 21, 2021, 11:59pm EST. You will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume. A writing sample is optional.

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